Import/Edit GoPro HD Hero 4/3/2 H.264 MP4 files with iMovie

GoPro, Inc. (formerly Woodman Labs, Inc) is an American corporation that develops, manufactures and markets high-definition personal cameras, often used in extreme action video photography. They are compact, lightweight, rugged, and are wearable or mountable on vehicles. The cameras capture still photos or video in HD through a wide-angle lens, and can be configured to work automatically with minimum intervention, or remotely controlled.

In September 2014 GoPro announced the HERO4, available in Black Edition and Silver Edition, which replace their respective Hero3+ generation predecessors. The Hero, a budget camera, was also announced.In October 2013 GoPro released the HERO3+, available in Black and Silver Editions, which replaced the Hero3 generation. The Hero3 White Edition remains as GoPro’s low-end device.In late 2012, GoPro announced the Hero 3 line of cameras. These new cameras came in three editions: black, silver and white. The HD HERO2 was launched on October 24, 2011. It has an 11 MP image sensor, improved low-light capability and records at up to 120 frames per second.

How to edit GoPro Hero 4/3/2 files with iMovie natively?

“Hello everyone, three days ago I bought the newly released GoPro Hero 4 camera to replace my old GoPro Hero 3, I used it recorded a lot of footages, some are in 4K resolution frame rate 30, some are 1080p 120 frame rate, I noticed the recordings are in MP4 format, the codec is H.264. today I try to import these GoPro Hero 4 clips into iMovie on MacBook Pro Retina, I find the H.264 MP4 files can’t be edited by iMovie natively, the footages can’t be handled smoothly, maybe the H.264 codec is definitely not good for editing, can anyone give me some suggestions? Thank you!”

On GoPro Hero related editing forums, there are a lot of users complained the issue to edit GoPro Hero 4/3/2 H.264 MP4 files with iMovie 13/11/09/08, what they found is that they can’t edit GoPro Hero 4/3/2 files with iMovie on Mac smoothly, the final cut takes much time to render, and the imported videos can’t be edit smoothly, most users want to seek a better way to import GoPro Hero 4/3/2 H.264 MP4 files to iMovie 13/11/09/08 and edit natively. But, how to edit GoPro Hero 4/3/2 H.264 MP4 files with iMovie natively? The most effective way is to convert H.264 to iMovie natively supported codec, from Apple iMovie product help page you will know Apple Intermediate codec (AIC) is native codec for iMovie 13/11/09/08, if you convert edit GoPro Hero 4/3/2 videos to Apple Intermediate codec (AIC) mov, you can edit them in iMovie natively, there will be no importing or editing issue anymore.

Convert GoPro HD Hero 4/3/2 MP4 to iMovie editable format

Here we recommend the best GoPro Hero to iMovie converter for you, it is UFUWare HD Video Converter for Mac, this is the best HD video converter on the market which can transcode GoPro Hero 4/3/2 H.264 MP4 files to iMovie AIC easily, besides AIC codec, it has many native formats or codecs supported, such as DNxHD codec for Avid Media Composer, Apple ProRes codec for FCP, etc. you can use it to convert HD formats to any formats you need.

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Step 1. Load GoPro HD Hero 4/3/2 videos

Drag & drop MP4 footage from GoPro HD Hero 4/3/2 to the program directly. Or go to the “File” menu, choose “Add Video Audio” to locate the MP4 files you want to add. You can add several files to do batch conversion.

Step 2. Select the output format

You can choose iMovie/FCE — > Apple InterMediate Codec(AIC) (*.mov) as the output format. The output video can be imported to iMovie 13/iMovie 11/iMovie 09/iMovie 08 directly.

Step 3. Start the conversion

Click “Convert” button to start converting Gopro HD MP4 video to AIC .mov for iMovie.

Some more helpful features of the GoPro Video Converter:

1. Settings- Click it to customize audio and video parameters Video Codec, bit rate, frame rate, Audio codec, sample rate, audio channels. Notice that you can not “convert up” video quality. If you use GoPro Hero 3, Hero record 4K files, you’d better change the resolution to 1080p, as iMovie is not able to import and edit 4K videos.

2. Editor (next to “Add” icon)- Click to set add watermark, deinterlace, trim, crop, add subtitles, etc.

After the conversion, click “Open” button to get the exported files and then import the converted GoPro HD Hero 4/3/2 MP4 files to iMovie for editing with ease.

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