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Daba_Dabs Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I want to be able to view this on computer without using other export options like FB and You Tube from iMovie IOS.  It is saved as a .iMoviemobile file in iTunes.  How can this be converted to a .mov or .avi?

iPod touch, iOS 4.3.2
  • Kiwiphone4 Level 4 Level 4 (1,425 points)

    Save to your camera roll, rather then save to itunes:


    Then export as you would normal videos and photo.


    The export option you choose via iTunes is to export a project.

  • Daba_Dabs Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I have gotten this far but now the file will not play on a CPU.  The file format is not recognized.  I tried using Quicktime and VLC but it does not recognize the file type.

  • Kiwiphone4 Level 4 Level 4 (1,425 points)

    I'm not sure what you mean by CPU?

    But I'll guess you meant to say a computer?


    Is the file a quicktime movie (with a .mov extension)?

    What type of computer are you using (Type and CPU)?

    Are you able to play other videos shot with your iPod Touch?


    You might need the latest version of Quicktime.

    iMovie iOS encodes in the same format as the iPhone and iPad records in; Quicktime H.264.

    So in theory if you can play a vide from your camera roll, you can play a video from iMovie iOS.

  • gregober Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)

    I have never seen something so stupid as this "export to iTunes" function.

    Totaly absurd !


    If one wants to export to iTunes It is certainly to use it…


    A complete waist of time.




  • turingtest2 Level 9 Level 9 (59,725 points)

    The .iMovieMobile format (generated by Export to iTunes) is just a relabelled .zip file containg the preview image for the project in iMovie, the media source files, and the instructions for building the output. This is the editable project file that you can backup from the iTunes > Device > Apps > File Sharing area and later restore to your device if necessary.


    To generate a video file you can share with others use the Share Movie to Camera Roll option or share it to one of the online services provided. If you share it to the camera roll you can then e-mail it from the iOS mail client or copy it to your computer when the device is connected.


    The exported file will be in .mov format. Shouldn't be too hard to find a free converter if you really need a different format.



  • Kiwiphone4 Level 4 Level 4 (1,425 points)

    gregober wrote:

    I have never seen something so stupid as this "export to iTunes" function.

    Totaly absurd !

    I'm not sure what you're upset about?


    Clearly iMovie iOS says:

    Share Movie to:

    Camera Roll



    Send Project to



    I'm not sure how much more clear you would like it?

    Apple provided a project export option so you can edit it on another device; that sounds great to me.

  • srini_hyd Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Dear friends, Please excuse my saying but this is the reason, one is encouraged to read the Help avaiable in the iMovie.  Please click on the "?" icon on the main screen to completly understand the product, rather than just blaming and becoming upset.


    Export to  iTunes, is meant for 2 purposes.

    a. To backup / archive your iMovie project on your desktop.

    b. To edit the project in multiple devices. Lets say, you would use iPhone for shooting all day and then assemble the pieces on the iPhone and export it to iTunes and then import it back in to your iPad and then do more granular editing. It works like sweet. Nothing to complain about , if you understand the purpose behind it.


    I fell in love with iMovie for iOS. This turns a iPhone into a powerhouse of video making. Can't beat this one..

  • Macs Don't work Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)



       I'm tryng to use the Export to iTunes for backup.  My iPad is cracked and I have to replace it.  I want to get the entire Project off my iPad and onto my Mac.  I exported all my Projects to iTunes and then I used the File Sharing section in iTunes to drag the Projects to my hard drive.  They are there as .iMovieMobile files.  Unfortunately I can't open them in iMovie on my Mac.  The instructions say to use File-Import-Import iMovie for IOS Project.  Unfortunately I don't have this option.  I'm running iMovie '09.  The options I do have under File-Import, 1) Movies, 2) Camera Archieve, 3) iMovie HD Project. 


    Any idea what I'm doing wrong?





  • Kiwiphone4 Level 4 Level 4 (1,425 points)

    You need the latest version of iMovie.

    Back in 2009 there was no iMovie for its, so that is why your version of iMovie does not support the files.


    You will be able to reimport the projects on your new, or fixed iPad.

    But sadly the only way to edit on your Mac will be to get the latest iMovie for Mac.


    If you want to temporarily extract the video files, you can copy the .imoviemobile file, rename the extension to .zip

    Then you uncompressed it and a folder will be extracted with Quicktimes of the source files.


    Hope that helps.

  • pavelfromkrupka Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)



    I saw you had the same problem as me with iMovieMobile format from iPad. Please did you find some converter?

    Me no.


    Please let me know.


    Thank you


  • Kiwiphone4 Level 4 Level 4 (1,425 points)

    What do you mean a converter?


    As I explained at the start, the imoviemobile format is a project file, intended for you to open it in iMovie Mac.

    If you want a video file, export to your camera roll, and import the video to your computer just like you would a photo.


    There is no way to convert an imoviemobile file, as it is a project file.

    It is not a video file.


    There are plenty of video converters that will do the QuickTime video that you export, if you are smart enough to export to the camera roll.


    Good luck

  • pavelfromkrupka Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    But according my experience When I transfer video from iPad to desk before iTunes start to work in my desk (connect with iPad) then Video is transfered. But It is only a few minutes. Then it is not possible again.

    I think iPad is great think for web, emails and games. That is all.

    For videos, music and the rest is always better notebooks.


    Thank you for your info and have a nice day

  • Kiwiphone4 Level 4 Level 4 (1,425 points)

    I have never had any troubles taking video and images off my iPad, not a single problem.

    EIther in windows or Mac.


    Not that I care, but I find my iPad is perfect for video and music, also games, documents.... Well let's just say I find it a great tool and mostly keeps me off my computer.


    IF you have trouble using an iPad I think there may be few options out there that you will be able to use.


    Good luck with it anyway, I think you might need it.

  • pavelfromkrupka Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you

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