Article ID : 00153731 / Last Modified : 11/04/2018

How to import movies with the Apple iMovie software.

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You can watch and edit your movies using iMovie. Follow the steps below.

IMPORTANT:

  • To import standard-definition video, iMovie '07 or newer is required. However, to import high-definition video like AVCHD, iMovie '08 or newer is required.
  • For AVCHD video a Macintosh computer with an Intel Core Duo processor or better is required.
  • If model-specific information is required to complete any of the steps in this solution, refer to the operating instructions supplied with the product.
  1. Connect the camera directly to the USB port on the computer.

    NOTE: If the iPhoto software automatically starts, close it.

  2. Open the iMovie software from the Dock or on the Finder Bar, Choose Go and then Applications. iMovie will be listed as an icon in the Applications window.
    iMovie
  3. In the iMovie window, click File and then Import from Camera.
  4. Use one of the methods below to import videos.
    • To import all the videos:
      1. At the lower-left corner, click Automatic.
      2. At the lower-right corner, click the Import All button.
    • Automatic/Import All

    • To import only some videos:
      1. At the lower-left corner, click Manual.
      2. Under the image icons displayed, click to check the boxes of the videos you want to import.
      3. At the lower-right corner, click Import Checked.

      Manual/Import Checked

  5. Select the location to save the videos.
  6. In the Create New Event section, type a name for the videos.
  7. Click the OK button.

    NOTE: The videos now start being copied to the computer. An Import complete dialog box will display when the import is finished.

  8. In the Import complete dialog box, click the OK button.Import Complete/OK

    NOTES:

    • For information about editing video, refer to the iMovie Help option.
    • If the iMovie software cannot import videos, check the Apple Web site for any current iMovie software updates.