Friday, April 24, 2015

How to Import and Convert MKV to iMovie 11/10/9?

At times, when I am fooling around on the internet, I would always come across with the similar question on forums: “What format does video need to be for iMovie?” I bet this is not an individual bother. So for the sake of relieving some friends from the problem, here I would like to illustrate you the best video format for iMovie 11/10/9. Just sustain your attention on the following.

Q1: Can iMovie 11/10/9 edit MKV files in OS X Yosemite 10.10?
“I have a 1080p MKV file and I want to import MKV to iMovie for editing in OS X Yosemite 10.10. I know MKV won't work with iMove and it needs to be converted to something friendly like Apple InterMediate Codec(AIC). Right now I'm converting the MKV using Perian in Quicktime but it's taking an extremely long time. It's been 15 hours and it's only halfway through. I was wondering if there was something like that available for converting MKV to iMovie so that I don't have to re-encode. Any suggestions?”

Q2: How can I use MKV videos in iMovie 10?
“I’ve some videos in .mkv extension and I’d like to edit some scenes in iMovie studio. Is it possible? How to?”

As we all know, MKV (Matroska Video), as an open and free container format is not so compatible with NLEs including iMovie, though it is able to keep diverse video, audio, and subtitle components in just one file and has ability to let users enjoy high definition videos at home easily. Since iMovie 11/10/9 only imports MP4, MOV, M4V files that are encoded with MPEG-4/AAC or H.264/AAC data, if the MP4, MOV, M4V files are not encoded with iMovie support codec and if files are in MKV, FLV, AVCHD MTS, MXF, XAVC other than MP4, MOV or M4V format, iMovie 11/10/9 will refuse to import.

According to other users' experience and my own testing, Pavtube Video Converter for Mac is highly recommended here which can achieve your goal for converting MKV to AIC MOV for iMovie editing without quality loss.This following parts introduce an easy step-by-step guide on how to import and convert MKV to iMovie 11/10/9 for editing on Mac.


Step-by-step guide on how to import and convert MKV to iMovie 11/10/9 for editing:

Step 1: When you download and install the Mac Video Converter, open the main interface and choose the “Add video” to load you MKV videos in. For the multiple video clips we can hit the “Add from folder” button.

Step 2: Click the “Format” bar to get the drop-down menu and you can get “iMovie and Final Cut Express>>Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) (*.mov)” as the best output format.

Step 3: Click “Settings” button to customize the output video and audio settings by yourself. But if you are not good at it, you’d better use the default parameters, they will ensure you a good balance between file size and image quality basically. You can change the resolution, bit rate, frame rate as you need.

Step 4: Now, click “Convert” and let it go. The Mac Video Converter supports batch conversion. So if you have lots of MKV videos to convert, check “Shut down computer after conversion” and you can go away without keeping an eye on it.

Conclusion: Once the conversion process shows in 100%, click “Open” to get the output videos. Create a project and start editing MKV in iMovie 11/10/9 with light speed.

Further Reading:


  1. Have some MKV videos and want to edit them in iMovie? This article provides the best way to import MKV to iMovie on Mac OS X (Mavericks and Mountain Lion included).

  2. I use iDealshare VideoGo to convert MKV, AVI, WMV, FLV, VOB, AVCHD to iMovie supported MP4 or MOV with this guide

  3. Avdshare Video Converter can Convert all MKV files encoding with any video or audio codec to iMovie supported MOV MPEG-4 without any quality loss occurring during the conversion process.

  4. iDealshare VideoGo is just the right MKV to Roku Converter app which is especially designed to convert all kinds of MKV files to Roku supported format.