Does iMovie 11 properly handle 60fps video now? If you are currently having 60fps files and iMovie import issue, the post will tell you why iMovie not importing 60fps HD videos and offer the best and fasest solution.
Got one camcorder, like Sony NEX-5N, NEX7, A99, A65, Panasonic HC-V720, HDC-TM90 to record 1920*1080 Full HD MTS footage up to 60fps (50fps for PAL) and have met the incompatible erros when you tried importing 60fps videos to iMovie 8/9/11 for further editing? From googling, we find many users have the same issues:
Question1. "Whilst away snowboarding on my most recent trip, I recorded most days in 720p / 60fps (as it looks ultra smooth) and have just over 54Gb of footage; divided into five folders on my iMac (one for each day) with about 20 .mp4 files in each one. I assumed I could put together something decent on iMovie 11. Some Googling revealed that iMovie 10 does not support 60FPS. Is that right? And then how to get imovie easily working with these 60fps video? Any help would be appreciated."
Qustion 2. "I am a novice iMovie 11 user. I have footage in a 60fps camera that I imported into iMovie. When I import it, either with or without optimization, the video is very jumpy and the audio doesn't time with the footage at all. But 30fps footage imports into iMovie correctly. Is there any way to import the 60fps video correctly so that I don't have this problem, even if it means downgrading the quality?"
In fact, iMovie can't support the format 1080p@60fps because it is a nonstandard frame rate. If you want to natively ingest and edit the 60fps videos in iMovie, you have to firstly transcode 60fps footage it to a compatible frame rate with a native format by iMovie, like AIC. It means that you have to use a professional HD Video Converter for Mac to encode the 60fps video to Apple IntermediateCodec(AIC) yourself at 60p, and iMovie will let you edit a 24p or 30p project. Note that even if you shift your footage to AIC at 60p, iMovie will downgrade it to 24fps or 30fps on export (depending on what you chose), but it still doesn't look bad at all. It will just use the extra frames to make it smoother. If you shoot in 60fps and slow it down to 30fps, you are still using 30 frames to fill 30 frames. It will be much smoother.
If you attempt to transcode 60p video to AIC for using with iMovie, we would recommend Pavtube HD Video Converter for Mac - Top 60fps HD Video to iMovie Converter.
Main features: This software is best Mac HD Video Converter that can transcode any kinds of HD Video files to Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC), Apple ProRes 422 codec, DNxHD codec, MPEG, WMV, AVI, MOV, etc. for puting into iMovie, FCP, Adobe, Avid, iPhoto, DaVinci Resolve, Kdenlive, Keynote, Aperture 3, etc. NLE's for editing, and enables users to custom video and audio settings like frame rate, bit rate, resolution, sample rate and audio channel at will. These output formats are specially presetted, so the conversion quality is guaranteed, you can get lossless video conversion with this tool. (Learn more: Pavtube HD Video Converter for Mac 3.6.1 Review)
Here is step by step guide: How to get 1080p/60fps videos to iMovie for editing?
Step 1. Download, install and launch this 60fps HD Video to iMovie Converter. Import the 60fps footage to the Mac converter by clicking the "Add Video" or "Add from folder" button.
Step 2. Click "format" bar to choose the output format.
If yo want to edit 1080 60fps video in iMovie 8/9/11, please choose iMovie and Final Cut Express -> Apple InterMediate Codec(AIC) (*.mov). This is best format for iMovie editing on Mac, once converted, you won't need to render.
Step 3. You can click "Settings" to customize the output parameters, adjust the resolution, bitrate as you want. To export 60p video, simply set the video frame rate at 60p; to export 30p video, simply set the video frame rate at 30p.
Step 4. Click "Convert" button to start converting 1080p 60fps video to AIC .mov - the best suited editing format for using within Apple iMovie Version 11, 8, or 9.
After the conversion, you can import footages to iMovie. It's just a piece of cake to edit 60fps HD video files in iMovie? Just have a try! Good luck, and let us know if your problem is fixed. ;-)
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