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How to Convert GoPro Hero 3 MP4 Footage to iMovie

Many users have got a painful experience on importing GoPro Hero 3 .mp4 footage into iMovie. It seems it is the case that iMovie either wouldn't import GoPro .mp4 files, or wouldn't do a good or reliable job if it did. For instance, iMoive fails to accept the file, when playing the file it lags, freezes or even closes the program, etc.

Looking at the specs of GoPro Hero 3, we know that, it captures HD footages at 800x480 (240fps), 720p (60fps, 120fps), 1080p (24fps, 30fps, 48fps, 60fps) and 4K Cinema (12fps), while iMovie natively supports video files like DV, DV Widescreen, HDV 1080i (25 and 30 fps), HDV 720p (25 and 30 fps), MPEG 4 Simple Profile, and most of QuickTime supported formats like MOV, M4V. Hence, problems will arise from time to time because of format incompatibility. That said, in order to import GoPro Hero 3 MP4 to iMovie for editing, the quickest and best workaround is to convert GoPro videos to iMovie MOV with the help of a reliable conversion tool. If you have no idea of which video conversion software to use, take it easy, we will introduce you a versatile program called Firecoresoft Video Converter for Mac. With the fabulous built-in editing features, this program can also serve as a great GoPro video editing software for Mac, allowing users to spiff up GoPro footages freely.

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How to Convert GoPro MP4 to iMovie Compatible Format


Launch Mac GoPro HD to iMovie Converter

Mac GoPro HD to iMovie transcoder is available for free trial. Click the "free trail" button to download the package, set it up to the Mac and then launch the program at once. You will see its interface as below:

gopro video converter


Add GoPro MP4 Footages into the Program

Open the file folder where you save the GoPro MP4 files, then drag and drop the files one by one into the program. Alternatively, you can load the file by press the "Add Files" button. Since batch conversion is supported, you can add several files at one time.

add video file


Set MOV as the Output Format for iMovie

Click the "Profile" button, you will get a format list which consists of two parts - "Format" and "Device". Please browse the "Device" section, navigate to "iMovie" and then choose "iMovie ProRes(.*mov)" as the output format.

set output format

Tips: Please note that this is the optimal preset, the parameters such as resolution, bitrate and frame rate is default which's best fit for iMovie. Whereas, you can still press the "settings" button to customize the parameters as per your requirement.

Convert GoPro Hero 3 MP4 to iMovie

Before I forget, you can click on the "Save to" button to choose a location for saving the output file. Finally, press the play icon to preview the overall effect, once you are satisfied with it, hit the big "Start" button and the smart program will commence the conversion from GoPro MP4 footages to iMovie MOV without delay.

start to convert

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Version: 3.0.2

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