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  1. AVI to iMovie, import .avi files to iMovie '09<br />How to import AVI files encoded with DivX codec into iMovie '09?Starting a new life on Mac is…
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  • 1. AVI to iMovie, import .avi files to iMovie '09<br />How to import AVI files encoded with DivX codec into iMovie '09?Starting a new life on Mac is highly recommended, but what would it be like if you you can't import your AVI's directly into iMovie '08/'09 (some avi's work, some don't depending on encoding)? Now, forget it, you have a few workarounds to fix your woes.First, what is AVI?Actually, AVI is a file container for both audio and video content that allows synchronous audio-with-video playback. It can hold any valid combination of audio and video compression formats supported by the system in use. Unfortunately, not all audio and video compression formats are supported by iMovie '08/'09.iMovie '08/'09 does not perform automatic file conversions as part of the import process as FCE, FCP, iMovie HD, or older versions of iMovie do. Alternatively, you could edit the converted " source" files as imported by Mac OSX program import avi to iMovie converter, FCE, FCP, or pre-iMovie '08/'09s.The key problem here is that iMovie '09 edits files " natively" but only selected QT compression formats -- e.g., DV, AIC, Apple Animation, Apple Video, Motion-JPEG, Photo-JPEG , and supported profiles/levels of MPEG-4 or H.264. DivX, XviD, WMP, 3ivX, MKV, multiplexed MPG/MPEG/Flash, etc. files requiring third-party codecs cannot be imported/edited natively.<br /> So put the hammers and chain saws away, just relax with import avi to iMovie converter for Mac, and enjoy the results.Thus, it is necessary to know what compression formats are contained in you AVI file in order to know if it is edit/import compatible with iMovie '08/'09. If your movie plays in the QT player, then open the " Inspector" window and check the " Format:" to determine which compression formats are being used by your AVI file. For example, in the video inspector it says divx 6.0,640x 480, millions mpeg, mono, 44.100khz. This is a third-party, proprietary codec which can be converted to DV with import avi to iMovie converter for Mac.Second, How to get your avi video files into imovie for Mac with import avi to iMovie converter?Try downloading Mac avi to iMovie converter if you don't already have it and it will convert the avi file to DV which imovie'08/'09 would accept.<br />Step by step on how to import .avi files to iMovie on Mac?<br />Step 1. Download and Install video converter for MacWe have released several versions of the program, the latest one is 3.3.8. We encourage you to free download the program to have a full evaluation on its performance and welcome you to contact our online customer service.Step 2. Load AVI video filesThe program supports batch mode which means you can load as many as video files at one time. Hit Add File…to select the videos stored on your computer, then click ok to commit.Step 3. Trim the videoOn the top of the panel, you will notice there are Trim, Effect and Crop tabs, each has their own specific function. I’d like to take Trim tab for example.Click Trim tab will open a window to edit the video. Drag the first slider to a location to set the starting time and drag the second slider to set the ending time. Click ok to commit.Step 4. Convert videoHit Convert to convert the entire list of video files to iMovie understandable.Tips:Profile: on the bottom of the panel, you are supposed to select output format in the drop down list next to Profile fieldDestination: on the bottom of the panel, you are supposed to instruct the program where the output video to store by choosing from the drop down list next to Destination field.Step 5 Import video to iMovieFirst start iMovie, then choose File>Import, next, choose the converted videos you want to import from your project library, finally click Open to import.<br />
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