How to convert MKV to iMovie on Mac?
"hey, I have a .mkv video file I am trying to import into iMovie. The file is 1.4GB, and if I drag it into iMovie, its freezes. any ideas?? thanks?"
MKV (Matroska Video) is a popular format for online video distribution (particularly through BitTorrent networks and all). It is an open and free container format. One of its advantages is that it can keep a number of video, audio, picture subtitle components in just one file. Importing MKV to iMovie is not straight-forward when you are attempt to drag and drop the MKV files into iMovie for editing. iMovie supports videos well in MPEG-4, DV, MOV, but MKV video. To import MKV to iMovie on Mac, you need convert MKV to iMovie compatible format (MP4 is recommended). Most solutions online require Quicktime Pro or Perian, or has severe restrictions regarding the encoding types allowed within the .mkv container format . Well, this guide shows you two solutions on converting MKV video files to iMovie files with free software Handbrake and easy MKV Video Converter from iFunia.
Solution 1. Convert MKV to iMovie with Handbrake for free
The latest version of Handbrake (0.93 or above) allows MKV source files. Then, you can convert the file to various supported formats like any other conversion using Handbrake. Note that Handbrake may have to re-encode and/or re-compress videos, and if this is the case, be prepared to leave your Mac on for processing for a considerable amount of time, as it will be time and resource-hungry. Download Handbrake, open Handbrake, and you will be asked to enter a source. Select a MKV file, set destination and MP4 output and click "Start" to continue with the conversion process.
Solution 2. Convert MKV to iMovie with iFunia MKV Converter(OS X Lion included)
Compare to Handbrake, iFunia MKV Converter for Mac is a more powerful and easier Mac MKV video conversion software that can convert MKV to any video formats including MP4, AVI, MOV, FLV, etc. It's priced at only $29 and includes simple video editings like video trimming, cropping, watermarking, etc. You can download iFunia MKV Converter for free here.
Step 1. Run iFunia MKV Converter on your Mac and click the big button "Add Files" to add MKV or HD MKV video files, you may add as many videos as you want for MKV to iMovie batch conversion.
Step 2. Select MPEG4(MP4) output format for each video file and specify a directory on your computer to save the output files.
Step 3. Click "Start" to begin MKV to iMovie conversion. The convert progress bar shows you how much of the encoding is completed.
Note: This MKV to iMovie Converter for Mac fully supports Mac OS X Lion, it allows you to manually set video resolution, bite rate, codec and frame rate to get perfect output videos.