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Best Workaround to Make MPEG Files Editable with iMovie on Mac

Q: "Hello, I have several video files from a sony camera that I have placed on an external hard drive. the files are .mpg. how do I import these files into iMovie? Thank you!"

From Apple forum, we find some users have MPEG and iMovie editing issues like: iMovie won't import .mpg files, can't see video clips from MPEG in iMovie, etc. So, in this post we'll talk about why and what's the best workaround to import MPEG files into iMovie on Mac for editing.

In general, the MPEG short for Moving Pictures Experts Group, includes MPEG-1, MPEG-2 and MPEG-4. While, the iMovie only imports .mpg encoded with MPEG-4. To make all kinds of MPEG files work with iMovie on Mac, we suggest you transcode and convert MPEG to iMovie more preferred Apple Intermediate Codec (AIC) (*.mov) before importing.

To finish the task, a MPEG to iMovie video converter is needed. Here, Brorsoft iMedia Converter for Mac is highly recommended to transcode and convert MPEG files to iMovie supported video formats in fast conversion speed and excellent quality. Best of all, all-in-one Blu-ray/DVD/Video toolkit can convert all other popular video formats like Blu-ray, DVD disc, MP4, AVI, MXF, Canon/Nikon DLSR MOV, WMV, MKV, FLV, M2TS, VOB, etc. to iMovie natively supported video formats on Mac OS X (High Sierra included).

Free download MPEG to iMovie video converter:


Step 1. Install and run the best MPEG to iMovie video converter, then click "load file" button to import the MPEG files to the program.


Step 2.  Click “format” bar to select “iMovie and Final Cut Express–> Apple Intermediate Codec(AIC)(*.mov)” as the output format for Mac iMovie. 


Tips:  You can click "Settings" button to adjust output parameters, such as video codec, size, bitrate, frame rate, audio codec, sample rate, audio channel.

Step 3. Finally, click the Convert button to transcode and convert MPEG files to iMovie edit-friendly format. Then wait for the conversion to be done. Then, you have no hassle to import and edit the converted MPEG files with iMovie on Mac.

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