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MPEG to iMovie: How to Convert and Import MPEG Files to iMovie?

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Updated on May 22, 2024

 When you import some MPEG video files to iMovie for editing, you may have discovered one or two MPEG files that cannot be imported smoothly. What caused this? Want to import MPEG video files into iMovie without any hitches? This article will explain to you the exact causes and solutions for converting MPEG to iMovie with ease so as to import MPEG into iMovie smoothly.

What File Types does iMovie Support?

Q: Although my iMovie supports importing MPEG media files, why some MPEG video files cannot be recognized by iMovie when I import them to iMovie? I don't know the exact causes, so I hope someone could clear up my confusion. I will very much appreciate you!

A: As we all know, MPEG format is compatible with iMovie, but there are different encoders within MPEG compression group like MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4. Among these video encoders, the MPEG-1 encoder is incompatible with iMovie. If you import MPEG movie files encoded with MPEG-1, this kind of movie file won't be recognized by iMovie. By looking through the iMovie official website, we can find that there are many video formats supported by iMovie apart from MPEG, such as AVI, H.264, MOV, MP4, AVCHD, DV, HDV, HEVC and so forth. Therefore, if you have some MPEG files that are stored in your local folder and can't be imported normally, you may as well convert MPEG to other video formats supported by iMovie mentioned before like converting MPEG to MOV. OK, read on and follow the steps to learn how to deal with iMovie MPEG importing hassle.

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Part 1 - How to Import MPEG into iMovie with a Professional Video Converter?

This section mainly talks about how to convert MPEG files to iMovie in a professional video converter. First of all, you need a powerful converter - WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro for helping yourself. If you take in all steps, it will be your good assistor to convert MPEG files to iMovie. Additionally, you can crop videos, add watermark to videos or rotate videos with its edit functions below the inputted video. Here we go!

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Step-by-step Guide of Solving the iMovie MPEG Importing Issue

Import MPEG file

Before converting MPEG to iMovie, free downloadfree download and install the software on your PC.

Step 1. Import MPEG File

Run the software and enter the Converter module, then click on Add Files button to import MPEG video file. You can drag and drop the MPEG file into the conversion window, too.

Choose MOV format

Step 2. Choose MOV as the Output Format

Hit the Output Format button on the right side of the interface to open the formats interface. Next, select the MOV format under the Video tab as the output format. The Parameter Settings option on the right side of the conversion window allows you to change video resolution if you need.

Start to convert MPEG file to iMovie

Step 3. Start to Convert MPEG to iMovie

Before converting MPEG, click the inverted triangle icon to change the destination folder. Now, you can start to convert the MPEG file, press Run button. Then, you are able to import MPEG to iMovie smoothly.

Part 2 - How to Deal with iMovie MPEG Importing Hitch in VLC?

In addition to a professional video converter, some media players can also do this job, such as VLC Media Player. VLC Media Player ( is not only a media files player, but also a free video/audio converter for Mac OS, Windows and Linux, which supports playing all types of video and audio, converting video/audio to some common digital formats, and the steps are so easy. Please download and install it on your computer and follow me to learn how to use it.

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Step 1. Launch it on your Mac desktop.

Step 2. Hit the Media option on the upper left corner to select the Convert/Save... button or use the shortcut of Ctrl + R on the keyboard.

Step 3. In the new window, click on the Add button to input an MPEG video file into the window. You can also add several files at the same time.

Step 4. Click the Convert/Save button on the bottom of the window, then choose MP4 as the output format in the drop-list. Finally, hit the Browse button to select the save path.

Step 5. Now, you can hit the Start button to convert the MPEG file to MP4.


Now, I believe that you won't be confused by the iMovie MPEG importing problem anymore. Both solution 1 & 2 are practical for how to import MPEG to iMovie. However, compared with part 2, I highly recommend part 1 to you because WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro supports converting 500+ digital formats and devices, which can meet your most conversion requirements about media files like converting any video to iMovie. The most important point is that it provides lightning mode and hardware acceleration that save the conversion time exceptionally.

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