A workaround to iMovie can’t import GoPro video in .MP4 format

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A workaround to iMovie can’t import GoPro video in .MP4 format

lydia622520
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Summary: If you have any issue when importing GoPro videos to iMovie (iMovie 11), just follow this simple guide, which offers you a quick fix for the problems with GoPro MP4 and iMovie.

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<br/>I usually edit my videos on my Mac with Apple’s iMovie app. This tutorial is about GoPro video and iMovie. All the reports I’d read suggested that GoPro videos needed converting from MPEG-4 to a format iMovie can handle. But the first time I tried importing directly, iMovie seemed to handle everything fine without converting. But then I ran into difficulties. I had to cancel the first import – and couldn’t get the Mac to resume. (It wouldn’t do anything without the camera being connected.) I had no better luck the second time. So today, I bit the bullet, and converted my latest GoPro videos before attempting to edit it in iMovie. It worked flawlessly.

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<br/>You may also be confused: is it necessary to convert GoPro videos to iMovie? According to my own experience, my best tip for anyone else wanting to edit GoPro footage in iMovie is this: accept you need to convert the footage first. You’ll save yourself a lot of frustration.

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<br/>The basic reason is that the GoPro video file off of the micro SD card has a H.264 codec, and has an MP4 file extension. The file type is a compressed output format, but not ideal for editing in NLE system. For the purpose to help all the GoPro(Surf Hero, Hero 960, HD Hero 2, HD Hero 3, Hero 3+) users to import GoPro MP4 files to iMovie smoothly, I will share a fast way to convert GoPro video to iMovie with Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac.

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<br/>It supports converting all GoPro camera MP4 files to Apple InterMediate Codec MOV with fast encoding speed and without quality loss. With it, you can effortlessly import and edit your GoPro HD MP4 footage within iMovie '11, iMovie'9 and iMovie 08. This will help you import the file correctly and saving the rendering time and other issues. Just download it and follow the step-by-step guide to transcode GoPro MP4 files for editing in iMovie.

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<br/>Convert/Import GoPro MP4 files to iMovie 11

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<br/>Step 1: Add Gopro video files

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<br/>Install and launch the best GoPro to iMovie Converter and load source MP4 clips to it. You can check the “Merge into one file” to join GoPro files together.

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<br/>Step 2: Choose output format

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<br/>Hit the "Format" bar and select iMovie and Final Cut Express > Apple InterMediate Codec(*.mov) as output format on the drop-down menu.

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<br/>Tip - Profile Settings:

<br/>In case the default settings do not fit your requirement, you can click “Settings” button and enter “Profile Settings” panel to adjust video size, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate and audio channels.

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<br/>Step 3: Start GoPro to iMovie conversion

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<br/>Click the arrow button to start converting GoPro MP4 to AIC MOV for iMovie.

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<br/>Once the process completed, click "Open" button to find the generated videos, and then you can transfer the converted GoPro MP4 files to iMovie 11 easily and quickly.

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<br/>Additional Tip:

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<br/>Besides transcoding GoPro MP4 to iMovie, the best GoPro Video Converter Mac can also export DNxHD for Avid Media Composer, MPEG-2 for Adobe Premiere Pro/Premiere Element, ProRes for Final Cut Pro and more NLE systems for native editing.

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<br/>Source:Edit GoPro HD MP4 files in iMovie 11