Transfer Any Videos from iPhone to iMovie on Mac?

Are you fond of shooting movies with your iPhone at any where any time? As you know, it is a tiny portable media device which could also bring us a nice enjoyment freely. But how do you import your iPhone video files to iMovie for editing in order to share with others? Let’s here find a best solution between iPhone and iMovie.


Firstly, what I need to remind you is for different videos from iPhone, we need to take different measures to transfer iPhone videos to iMovie for editing. With iMovie supported video formats, we here would like to share two solutions with you. For all users who wanna ingest iPhone projects to iMovie on Mac, just follow these steps below:

Notes: Especially for editing video files in iMovie, if you get some incompatible videos in iMovie such like XAVC , MPEG-2, OBS, etc, we usually need the third-party tools to work the job well.

Solution 1. For those right video formats you want to import your videos to iMovie from iPhone, connect your iPhone to your Mac using the cable that came with it. If you want to edit the iPhone video, you can import those videos to iMovie and edit it. Some simple steps are allowed here if you want.

  • Connect your iPhone to your computer using the cable that came with it and turn ON the device. When you connect your iPhone to computer, it will automatically open the “iPhoto”. If iPhoto opens, close it.
  • Open iMovie. Click “Import” button located in the toolbar. Select iPhone option located in the Cameras section of the Import window sidebar. Move the pointer left and right across a movie thumbnail in the Import window to preview the video. Position the pointer over the preview in the top portion of the Import window to control preview playback.
  • Click “Play” button. Choose the event from the “Import to” pop-up menu located at the top of the Import window. Click “Import All” button. All your videos will now be imported to iMovie. When your video is imported, disconnect the iPhone.

Solution 2. Pavtube Video Converter for Mac—transfer incompatible videos into iMovie. Do not worry about the incompatible files for editing in iMovie, here is a professional iPhone to iMovie converter offered for you! We can easily transcode other formats to AIC .mov, which could be the best for iMovie. Let’s see how below:

Step 1. Run the iPhone to iMovie Converter, and then click the “Add” button to load the iPhone recordings. You can also use the drag-and-drop method to load the media files to the application UI.


Step 2 Go to the output list to find the best one for iMovie. Just drop down the list and select the ‘iMovie – > Apple InterMediate Codec(AIC) (*.mov) as output format.


For advanced functions?

Click the “Effect” button to open the Video Edit window to achieve editing MP4 like trim, crop, image, watermark, effect, subtitles and rotate and etc in the corresponding editing pane.

Click the “Setting…” button to open the Advanced Settings window to adjust the output video codec, resolution, bitrates, frame rate, aspect ratio, audio codec, channel, volume and etc in the advanced tab.

As soon as you finish all the preparation work, on the main interface, we would like to suggest you to hit the ‘Convert’ button to get the work started. After transferring the output files to iMovie. Just enjoy shooting movies with your iPhone and edit videos with you iMovie on Mac.

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