How to import flv into iMovie for editing

By | August 19, 2011

The videos you downloaded from video streaming and video sharing websites such as YouTube, Google, Break, MySpace, Blip and Metacafe are generally saved in .flv format. ( Learn how to download online videos ) If you are fond of any of the downloaded videos and want to import it to your iMovie project, you will be faced with the issue that iMovie doesn’t accept FLV file format.

Since the video formats supported by iMovie include MPEG-2 and AVCHD, DV-Standard and HDV (High Definition Video), QuickTime Movie, MEPG-4, this issue boils down to video conversion from FLV to any of the iMovie friendly formats.

So, in the following step-by-step guide, I’d like to show you how to convert FLV to iMovie format using Clone2Go Video Converter for Mac, so that you can import flv into iMovie for editing.

Step 1. Add FLV Files

Download the latest version of Clone2Go Video Converter for Mac, install and run it.

Click the “Add Files” button to browse and import the .flv video clips downloaded to your Mac.

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Step 2. Select Output Format: “MPEG-4 Movie (*.mp4)”

After the flv video files are imported, go to the “Output” panel. Click the “Profile” drop-down list to choose one of the formats that iMovie supports. Here, just choose “Customized MP4 Movie (*.mp4)“.

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Step 3. Start to convert

After all the necessary settings, just click the “Convert Now” button to start converting FLV to iMovie format on your Mac machine.

Step 4. Export the output file to iMovie

Launch iMovie, go to “File > Import > Movies…”. Select the converted MP4 video then click “Import”.

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Below are a few tips while using Clone2Go Video Converter for Mac to convert FLV to iMovie format.

Tips 1. Trim video file

Sometimes, you may want only part of the video file. This Video Converter for Mac can help you trim the video file in two methods:

Method 1: Specify the “Start Time” and “Stop Time” under the manager panel within the accuracy of second.

Method 2: Trim the video while previewing it. In the “Preview” window, you can play the movie. Here, you can click the “Trim Begin” and “Trim End” buttons to get the certain part of the video while playing it back.

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Tips 2. Customize Profile

You may not be satisfied with the profile provided to you. In this case, you can click the “Customize…” button next to “Profile” box to customize a profile. In the following “Profile Settings” Window, you can adjust Video Size, Frame Rate, Encoder, Bitrate; Audio Sample Rate, Channels, Encoder, Bitrate, etc to meet your specific needs.

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