Just about anything can be converted to a format iMovie can handle.
Natively, iMovie handles
Apple Intermediate Codec
Apple Animation Codec
some, but not all, varieties of MP4
This is not an exhaustive list. There may be others
.mov is a container. If it contains one of the above, it will work.
.mp4 is a container. If it contains one of the above it will work.
.avi is a container. If it contains one of the above, it might work without conversion, but can probably be converted.
If you have Final Cut Pro installed on the same machine, you also get access to ProRes 422 etc.
DIVX, Windows Media files, etc. would need to be converted.
Perian.org publishes several free QuickTime components that let you play many assorted codecs on a Mac. You can typically convert these to a supported codec with a free App like MPEG Streamclip.
Also, Flip4Mac provides a converter for Windows Media files.
Thank you, AppleMan! I've been chasing my tail all over the net trying to figure out the MOV H.264/MPEG-4 conundrum. This summed it up for me.
I'll soon be in the market for a new DSLR for a video rig and the list of supported cameras via iMovie is small and seems to have left out quite a few compatible and very good units. There's so much misinformation out there.
Regrind wrote:... I'll soon be in the market for a new DSLR for a video rig and the list of supported cameras via iMovie is small and seems to have left out quite a few compatible and very good units. There's so much misinformation out there.
although you're in a three old thread ...
Advice is still valueable, except, iM10 doesn't have to use AIC anymore...
The actual version of iMovie supports any actual device, which is within the AVCHD v2 standards - so, up to 1080/60p with 28mbps is fine. But some vDSLR go beyond, so check fora, wether your choice is supported (Apples doens't list ANY avail camera, just the few tested ones.. ). Esp. feedback about future-proof '4k/UHD'-support is actually a bit vague... (iMovies Big Brother FCPX does support these standards .. but 4k gets more and more popular in the amatuer ligue too..., Pana FZ1000 just to mention...