Currently Being ModeratedApr 15, 2012 3:02 PM (in response to cmparks)
WMP formats (.wmv and others) need to be converted prior to import in the modern versions (after 6) of iMovie.
You can open and view the file via QuickTime Player after you install the free version of Flip4Mac. The upraded versions allow conversion to QuickTime formats that will import into iMovie. They cost some money, however.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 15, 2012 3:53 PM (in response to cmparks)
Check out smart converter and smart converter pro in the app store. They will convert wmv files. Also check out Mediaconverter.
Lots of free and low cost options.
Here is a series of iMovie supported video formats:
DV (mp4, mov, m4v etc)
HDV 1080i (25 and 30 fps)
HDV 720p (25 and 30 fps)
MPEG 4 Simple Profile (.mp4 format)
As iMovie doesn't support .wmv video formats, the only solution is to convert wmv to iMovie with a third party software.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 13, 2013 11:07 PM (in response to cmparks)
Currently Being ModeratedAug 22, 2013 4:42 PM (in response to cmparks)
There's no need to purchase a product, you can use Handbrake which is free and works in both Windows and Mac OS. You can find it here:
I actually use it all the time on my Win7 computer to convert DVDs to .m4v for use w/ my AppleTV 2 device and after stumbling upon this thread I converted a .wmv to .m4v and .mp4 formats, imported it into iMovie for editing w/o any problems.
Hope that helps anyone who has this question.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 9, 2014 11:33 PM (in response to cmparks)
According to Apple, iMovie (11) supports most commonly-used video codecs, including DV, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, H.264, AVCHD and AIC. If your WMV video files are not imported, it's because the codec used to create the WMV file is not supported by iMovie, even if you have Perian installed, which only allows you to play WMV in QuickTime. Since Apple InterMediate Codec(AIC) is the most compatible codec introduced by Apple which ensures maximum editing quality and efficiency when working with iMovie, the easy option to import WMV videos to iMovie would be converting WMV files to AIC encoded MOV on Mac OS X.