How do I import a MKV file to iMovie

I have a lot of .MKV files on a disk that I want to import into iMovie. To ensure a smooth workflow, I need to know if iMovie can ingest any video in .MKV format. Searching high and low, I got a solid answer and want to share the tips and tricks for editing MKV in iMovie(11) with all of you.

As an ideal video editing tool, iMovie is widely used by video professionals and hobbyists. However, if you want to bring MKV to iMovie 11 for editing you’ll be disappointed since iMoive only accepts DV, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, H.264, AVCHD and AIC. So we can easily find that MKV is not a compatible format for iMovie, but Apple InterMediate Codec .mov is.

So we need to encode MKV to iMovie first with a professional video conversion software. Here I recommended you Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac, which is a powerful MKV to iMovie converter that can fast convert MKV to AIC .mov with high quality. It supports batch conversion and setting relative output parameters before starting to convert .mkv files to iMovie. It can not only finish conversion between MKV and iMovie, but also guarantee the output files without audio and video out of sync issues. Now, let’s learn to how to convert MKV movies to iMovie without quality loss via the help of Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac in detail, just read on it to get what you need at will.

Convert and Import MKV files to iMovie(11)

Step 1. Add MKV to converter

Download, install the Mac MKV Converter. As long as you launch it, the following main interface will pop up. Now you can click on “Add” button to import MKV files which you want to convert into this program.

Tip: if you want to join all the MKV files you loaded as a single file, you can tick checkbox “Merge into one file”.

Step 2. Choose iMovie friendly format

You can directly choose the preset for iMovie which has been supplied by the MKV to iMovie Mac Converter. The setting works for iMovie ’08, iMovie ’09, iMovie ’11, and iMovie HD etc. Moreover, the Mac program has some simple edit functions like cropping, splitting, adding effects etc.

P.S. This MKV to iMovie Converter can also help users to transcode MKV to FCP, Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere Pro with the optimal presets including Apple ProRes, DNxHD, MPEG-2…

Step 3. Set advanced settings

By clicking the Settings icon, you can adjust video and audio parameters like codec, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate, etc., in that way, you can take charge of the size and quality of the output files. In principle, the larger input values, the better output quality, but the corresponding larger file size.

Step 4. Start MKV to iMovie conversion

As soon as all the above settings are completed, you can press “Convert” button to start conversion. You can follow the conversion process via the pop-up windows.

After conversion is done, simply click “Completed” to back to main interface, and click “Open” button to find generated AIC .mov videos. Afterwards, you can transfer the converted MKV clips into iMovie 11 as well as iMovie 9/11 for editing smoothly on Mac with ease.

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