iMovie supports multiple video formats and allows you to create projects that are tailored to your specific video format. You can use the following formats in iMovie:
When you create a new project in iMovie, click the Video Format disclosure triangle (if it isn't open already) and choose the format for your footage at hand from the pop-up menu.
Make sure that you choose the correct format that matches your footage to avoid additional video clip transcoding. This ensures the highest quality import and may save disk space, depending on the format.
Note: If you attempt to import footage from a camera (other than iSight) that does not match the project format you selected, one of two things will happen:
iMovie also allows you to import most QuickTime-compatible formats, such as .MOV, .MP4.
You may set the output format as following in iFunia DVD Ripper :
If the video /movie files you want to import into iMovie are in a format that is incompatible with iMovie, you may be able to convert them into a compatible format with Video Converter Pro for Mac.
iMovie is a proprietary video editing software application which allows Mac users to edit their own home movies. It was originally released by Apple in 1999 as a Mac OS 8 application bundled with the first FireWire-enabled consumer Apple model – iMac DV. Since version 3, iMovie has been a Mac OS X only application bundled in the iLife suite of Macintosh applications.
iMovie imports video footage to the Mac using either the FireWire interface on most MiniDV format digital video cameras, the USB port, or by importing the files from a hard drive. From there, the user can edit the video clips, add titles, and add music. Effects include basic color correction and video enhancement tools, and transitions such as fade-in, fade-out, and slides.
iMovie '09 was released January 2009 as part of the iLife '09 package. It introduced some new features and restored some features from previous versions of iMovie, including basic video effects (such as fast/slow motion and aged film) and image stabilization as well as travel map functions for marking locations where a video was shot. iMovie '09 also introduced simple implementations of more advanced features such as picture-in-picture and greenscreening. It also improved editing (with a precision cut editor and a clip trimmer), improved support for hard drive based cameras (Such as the Flip Mino), added some new titles and transitions, and added full iDVD support which was unavailable in iMovie '08. But it is still lacking in the effects that iMovie HD 6 had, leaving out simple effects such as "lightning" and "fairy dust".
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