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How to effectively import AVI to iMovie for editing?

Wondering how to import AVI to iMovie? This tutorial is about to show you the step-by-step instruction on doing this effectively. iMovie is a video editing software application which allows Mac, iPod Touch 4th generation, iPhone 4 and iPad 2 users to edit their own home movies. While AVI format can be found either from a digital video camera or from the Internet.


If you want to import AVI to iMovie for editing, you may have encountered some of the problems listed below:
Q: When I tried to import AVI to iMovie, but now out of nowhere it won't import.
Q: I imported an AVI files to iMovie, and it goes through the copying process, but nothing showed up on screen.
Q: I did import the file to iMovie but the movie is a blank white screen with the sound but no picture.


There are probably more cases when importing AVI into iMovie. The simple and clear explanation is that Apple iMovie only accepts a couple of specific video formats, say MPEG-4, AVCHD, and H.264 formats. Other files like AVI, MKV, WMV, you just can’t get them onto iMovie directly. So to speak, to edit AVI onto iMovie, you need to convert AVI to iMovie compatible format. By using Video Converter for Mac, you can easily convert AVI to MP4, MOV or other formats that can be understood by iMovie.


Step-by-step Guide to Import AVI to iMovie on Mac


Download and install Video Converter for Mac

First of all, download Video Converter for Mac on your Mac computer and install it by following the set-up wizard.


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Add AVI videos

Download this AVI to iMovie converter, if you have not already done so. Open the program, select “File” button and “Add Video Files” to import your source AVI files to the application. You are allowed to import multiple files for batch conversion.



Select Output Format

Now, you may select a format that works on iMovie. If you are not sure which format you need, simply select Apple Software -> iMovie. The default setting has already optimized which works great on iMovie '11, iMovie '09, iMovie '08 and iMovie HD.



Convert AVI to iMovie

Now you may click the “Convert” button and this AVI to iMovie Converter will get started the conversion process immediately. The conversion speed is much faster that other programs.


Import AVI into iMovie

Once done, you may launch iMovie and import the converted AVI videos to it.

So you have just imported AVI files to iMovie successfully. Note that Video Converter for Mac is able to convert AVI and many other files to iMovie 11/iMovie 09/iMovie 08/iMovie HD on Mac OSX, including Snow Leopard and Lion. Have fun.


1. Actually, Video Converter for Mac is also able to editing videos. If you want to edit videos before converting, click the button like a scissors and a new window will pop up where you do some editing to your videos. Here you can do a few things: clip, crop, adjust effects, add watermarks, etc.

2. If you want to combine several files into one single file, click in the box before “Merge into One file” and you will get one file when the conversion is done.