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Help-convert AVI video to make it imovie compatible?

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what is the best solution to convert AVI movies to imovie compatible? DO i have to buy a converter, and if so, which is best and not too expensive?

  • AppleMan1958 Level 7 Level 7 (27,335 points)

    First, see if you AVI can be played using QuickTime Player. If it will, press the letter i while holding down the Command key. This will open the Inspector. Tell us the dimensions of the clip and everything you see next to the word FORMAT.  We can give you a better answer with this information.


    Having said that, a very good converter, that also happens to be free, is called MPEG Streamclip. You can download it here. Get the Beta version.


    Drag your clip into MPEG Streamclip. Then make sure it plays OK by clicking on the play button.

    Then click FILE/EXPORT TO QUICKTIME. Choose Apple Intermediate Codec for the compression, and save it where you can find it. If this works, you can import this file into iMovie using FILE/IMPORT MOVIE in iMovie.


    If it doesn't work, give us the information requested above.

  • John Cogdell Level 5 Level 5 (4,595 points)

    Download the free application MPEG Streamclip from the developer's site here:


    Drag the AVI movie onto MPEG Streamclip then click the Play button to ensure that it plays OK. From the menu select File > Export to QuickTime. For Compression select Apple Intermediate Codec. Leave other settings as they are. Now click Make Movie (bottom right of screen). If desired, rename the movie (or leave it as the same name as your project), then Save to Desktop or your preferred location.


    Apple Intermediate Codec is iMovie's preferred editing format (also referred to as AIC). The exported movie should work perfectly in iMovie.




    EDIT: Drat, beaten by AppleMan

    MacBook Pro (15-inch Late 2008), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), Sony HDR-SR7 & DCR-TRV20E
  • AppleMan1958 Level 7 Level 7 (27,335 points)

    Wow, great minds think alike!

  • John Cogdell Level 5 Level 5 (4,595 points)

    AppleMan1958 wrote:


    Wow, great minds think alike!

    Not sure about that! I just learnt this from your posts. At least you mentioned testing with QuickTime first, which I overlooked. With AVI being a container, anything could be in that file!



    MacBook Pro (15-inch Late 2008), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), Sony HDR-SR7 & DCR-TRV20E


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