How to Import and Convert AVI to iMovie on Mac OS X (Mountain Lion included)
Frequently, people need to play and edit AVI files in iMovie on Mac OS X including Mountain Lion and Lion. However, iMovie doesn't support AVI video format. In this situation, you need to convert AVI files to iMovie with an AVI to iMovie Converter for Mac which can help you play AVI on Mac easily and import AVI files to iMovie ?iMovie '11 included) successfully.
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How to convert AVI to iMovie 08/09/11
There are only three steps to convert AVI videos to iMovie .
Step 1: Add .avi videos to AVI to iMovie Converter for Mac (Mountain Lion supported)
Drag and drop the AVI videos to the converter. Added videos will be shown on the left in thumbnails. You can preview them on the right and take snapshots of videos freely.
Step 2: Select iMovie” as the output format
Select Editing> iMovie as output video format. This output format works for iMovie '08, iMovie '09, iMovie '11, and iMovie HD etc. Video settings will be optimized for iMovie.
Step 3: Start the AVI to iMovie conversion on Mac (Mountain Lion included)
After all is OK, just hit Convert to start decoding AVI file to a compatible format for iMovie MP4 or MOV. This conversion process will finish soon. After the conversion, you can freely edit your .avi videos in iMovie to make an eye-catching home movie!
More about AVI format
Audio Video Interleaved (AVI) is a common format for compressed video clips. Files downloaded from the internet often use this format. AVI files are often containers, and can contain audio/video compressed using varying different codecs (this is similar to an .mp4 file either using MPEG4 compression or H264 compression). Most AVI files use DivX, Xvid or 3ivX compression codecs. AVI all look the same on the outside, but on the inside, they may be completely different. Although 95% or more are DivX today, not all AVI files are DivX due to the fact it is used in the peer-to-peer groups.
By the way, if you want to export iMovie projects to AVI for handy editing apps, you can refer to How to Export iMovie to AVI - Convert iMovie to AVI.