The Best Way to Import AVI Files to iMovie on Mac

The Best Way to Import AVI Files to iMovie on Mac

Brittany Garcia

July 05, 2021 15:20Posted by to Convert Video

“I want to edit a video file that is in AVI format on iMovie since I don't have any other video editing software on my Mac. But when I go to File > Import Movies... I can import .mov files, but not .avi? Why? And how to fix it? Can I convert AVI to the supported formats on iMovie?”

It often happens that you cannot or failed to import AVI files to iMovie, especially the original videos from camcorders. That’s because although iMovie supports the AVI container format, some of the codecs included in AVI are not compatible with iMovie. Moreover, as part of the transition to 64-bit technology, macOS Catalina supports fewer formats than the old version before updating.

This article will introduce the supported formats on iMovie. And you can also learn how to import AVI files to iMovie by converting the AVI format.

AVI to iMovie

Part 1: Knowledge about Supported Formats by iMovie (For macOS Catalina)

The supported video, audio, and container formats by iMovie on updated Mac are listed below:

Supported Video Codecs Supported Audio Codecs Supported Container Formats
H.264, HEVC
AVCHD (AVCCAM, AVCHD Lite, and NXCAM)
DV (DVCAM, DVCPRO, and DVCPRO50)
HDV
iFrame
Motion JPEG (OpenDML only)
MPEG-4 SP
Photo JPEG
XAVC-S
Apple Animation Codec, Apple Intermediate Codec, Apple ProRes
AAC
AIFF
BWF
CAF
MP3
MP4
RF64
WAV
3GP
AVI
M4V
MOV (QuickTime)
MP4

As listed below, you can change the codecs in the AVI videos to those acceptable ones because iMovie supports the AVI container format. Or you can convert AVI to other supported formats on iMovie, like MP4 and MOV.

Part 2: How to Import AVI to iMovie by Converting AVI to the Supported Formats

To import AVI videos to iMovie successfully, you can use Bluraycopys Video Converter Ultimate to convert AVI to the supported formats on iMovie. It is a powerful video converter that can transform the container format to the compatible MP4/MOV, and it can also convert the codecs of the video files without changing the AVI format.

Step 1

Download Bluraycopys Video Converter Ultimate for Windows/Mac and launch it on your computer. Click on the Add Files button to choose the desired AVI videos.

Add Files

Step 2

Click the Convert All to arrow and choose the compatible MP4/MOV/AVI format in the Video list. Then choose the Same as Source option or other desired resolution and click the Custom Profile icon to adjust the audio and video codecs. You can choose any codec listed above or choose the most commonly used H.264 and AAC codecs. Then click the Create New button to save the settings.

Change AVI Codecs

Step 3

Choose the storage path and then click the Convert All button to start converting AVI to the supported formats on iMovie.

In addition to the professional video converter, you can also convert AVI to iMovie format online for free through Bluraycopys Free Online Video Converter. Although it supports fewer video formats and codecs to choose from, you can directly convert AVI to MP4 that has the desired compatible codecs. You can find free AVI players here.

Part 3: FAQs of Convert AVI to iMovie Format

1. Why can’t I import AVI files to iMovie after updating macOS?

The main reason for failing to import AVI videos to iMovie is that the codecs included in AVI files are not compatible with iMovie. That’s because Mac supports fewer formats after updating to macOS Catalina.

2. How to convert AVI to the supported formats on iMovie without losing data?

Using Bluraycopys Video Converter Ultimate will convert AVI to iMovie format while keeping the high quality of the AVI videos. You can adjust the codec to HEVC or DV, and keep the original resolution and bitrate to lose not too much quality.

3. Can I directly convert AVI to MP4 for importing AVI videos to iMovie?

Yes, you can. Although MP4 has a lot of video and audio codecs, it is commonly encoded by the default H.264 and AAC, which is supported by iMovie.

Conclusion

The main reason for the failure to import AVI videos to iMovie is that the codecs are not supported by iMovie, especially after updating macOS. This article introduced the best way to convert AVI to the supported codecs or formats on iMovie through Bluraycopys Video Converter Ultimate. If you have any questions, please leave your comment below.

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