9 Replies Latest reply: Mar 6, 2015 4:41 AM by hochrisdge Branched to a new discussion.
cmparks Level 1 Level 1

Someone from work sent me a video to edit. The file is sent as a wmv and I want to edit it in iMovie. How do I make it so a) I can open it on a Mac and b) drag it into iMovie? Right now I can't open to edit.


MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • QuickTimeKirk Level 9 Level 9

    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.

  • cmparks Level 1 Level 1

    When I installed the free version of Flip4Mac it puts a watermark and voiceover on the video when I try to convert it in QuickTime Pro. Do you have any suggestions how to avoid this?

  • QuickTimeKirk Level 9 Level 9

    The watermark will be removed when you purchase one of the upgrades.

  • hughmass Level 3 Level 3

    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.




  • kevin8762 Level 1 Level 1

    Here is a series of iMovie supported video formats:

    DV (mp4, mov, m4v etc)

    DV Widescreen

    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.

  • unawonder Level 1 Level 1

    I think you can try another powerful video editor for mac, which has similar function with imovie but can support almost all kinds of input and output formats.This software with clean interface and can be running smoothly in your mac. Free trial version is available too.untitled.bmp

  • ImminentTechnologies Level 1 Level 1

    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.

  • yongcomeon Level 1 Level 1

    In order to import WMV to iMovie, you had better convert WMV to iMovie more supported MP4, MOV, DV


    Here is a step by step guide to convert WMV to iMovie


    This guide helps to:

    • Import almost all video formats to iMovie including importing MP4, AVI, WMV, RA, MKV, FLV, MPG, RMVB,etc.
    • Import almost all audio formats to iMovie like importing MP3, WAV, AAC, ALAC, AU, DTS, WMA, MP2, etc. to iMovie.
    • Convert almost all audio formats to play them on portable devices like iPod, iPhone, iPad.
    • Convert almost all video formats to play them on portable devices like iDevices, Android, PSP etc.
    • Edit video files including trim, crop, merge and adjust the bitrate/sample rate of files, increases volume, etc.
    • Extract audio file from videos and movies like MP4, MOV, AVI, WMV, FLV, MKV, ASF, etc.
  • hochrisdge Level 1 Level 1

    iMovie doesn't support WMV as an input format. So if you want to import WMV to iMovie, you'd better to convert WMV files to iMovie more compatible formats like MOV, MP4.


    It also applies to many other vide formats like AVCHD, MKV, AVI, MTS, M2TS, MOD, etc.


    Hope this is what you are looking for.