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imovie wont let me import mpg videos, how do i import into movie?

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imovie wont let me import mpg videos, how do i import into movie?

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  • Karsten Schlüter Level 7 Level 7 (29,465 points)

    for mpg1, mpeg4, divx.mp4 etc:

    give Mpeg Streamclip a try to convert; probably, you need additionally install to teach QT additional codecs.


    for mp2 conversion you have to purchase additionally the mp2-playback-component from


    keep in mind: iM is meant for camcorder imports, no 'edit all moving images'-tool

  • zaph0d.bx Calculating status...

    I was in an iMovie 11 training class yesterday at an Apple Store. Had trouble importing .mp2 files. After some discusssion with other trainers, we used Handbrake to convert the files to .m4v using a preset: Regular > High Profile. Not sure if this was optimal but it worked and was free.

  • Rossco63 Calculating status...

    Try this it worked for me with movies from my camera that were in iphoto


    1. Open your movie in Quicktime

    2. Go to File and choose Export

    3. From here you can name your movie. Name a folder you wish to put it in

    4. Click Export

    5. Go to imovie choose file and import then click movie

    6. Locate the folder containing your movies from the menu and click import it will then load into imovie for you to use in a project.


    No need to buy or instal converters

  • AntoniaS Calculating status...

    Hi Rossco!


    I have a video on quicktime and its mp4 file.  When I upload it onto imovie's only the audio transfers over and not the visual.  Any tips? Thanks!

  • scuba-diveguy Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)

    I am having the same problem.  I have about an hour of mp4 video from a GopPro camera, and want to make a movie as shown in the iMovie demo.  When I tried to put them in iMovie, they showed up as clips very briefly, and then the word "ERROR" appeared under each one, and they disapppeared.  Now, I I try again, I get a "no matching video" message. 


    I can watch them in QuickTIme, so I know the videos are OK.  I tried what was suggested in the November 28 response, and when the video was exported from QuickTime, it was converted into a .mov ifle from a .mp4 file.  It also took almost 10 minutes to export a 2 1/2 minute file, so this is not really practical for about an hour of .mp4 files.  In any event, it looked like it was going to work, but when I selected the new file to import into iMovie, I got a "no matching video" message in the event library screen, and nothing else happened.


    Please help.  One of the  main reasons I got the camera was so I could make a movie of my dive trip.  Thanks.


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