iMovie 11 Supported Media Files, Import Video to iMovie 11

As part of the iLife '11 package, iMovie '11 gets even better with some impressive new features. It now has the ability to make trailers for home movies, more control over audio, instant replay and hold effects, facial recognition, new themes and the ability to watch the video on a Mac, iPad, iPhone/iPod touch or Apple TV as well as sharing on Facebook and Youtube.

To create movies in iMovie '11 , you must first import or transfer your video footage to it. You can import movie files into iMovie '11 that are stored on your computer or from a connected recording device. These movie files can be in a number of formats including MPEG-4 and standard (DV) files and some .mov files. iMovie '11 is also designed to work with a wide range of video recording devices including camcorder, digital cameras and iOS devices such as iPhone, iPad and iPod. And AVCHD, H.264, iFrame, MJPEG, MPEG-2, MPEG-4 are supported file formats directly import to iMovie '11 from those recording devices. iMovie '11 also works with most Mini DV tape-based camcorders using DV and HDV formats, which use a FireWire cable.

Once knowing which media files can be imported to iMovie '11, you can start the video importing process immediately with the following steps:

1. Start iMovie '11 on your Mac computer, click “File>Import>Movies” and choose the movie file you want to import in the Finder window.

2. Select the disk where you want to store the video from the popping-up “Save to” menu.

3. Choose how you want to organize the imported video in your Event library.
Select “Add to exiting Event” and choose its name from the pop-up menu to add the imported video to an existing Event, or create a new Event by typing a name for it in the “Create new Event” field.

4. Choose what to do with the original files.
Select “Copy files” to retain the original files intact after copying them into iMovie. Or select “Move files” to delete the original files after copying them into iMovie.

5. Import videos to iMovie '11.
Click “Import” button to start the video importing process. And it can take several minutes or even hours for iMovie '11 to import the video and generate thumbnail images of each clip. Depending on the video file size. The progress indicator in the Import window shows you how long it might take.