Apple's release of iMovie for iOS was greatly welcomed and it has been a popular download for numerous iPad users; however, Those one who has used iMovie has dealt with some frustration when trying to use video clips that aren't encoded to work the program and one of them being movies not working if they were directly imported from camcorders and other video devices.
According to Apple, footage not directly captured on the device may not be compatible with iMovie. This includes non-Apple-friendly material imported from, say, your camcorder - either directly via the official camera connection kit or through desktop iTunes. Such video clips do not appear in the Video browser within iMovie, explains Apple.
"iMovie for iOS is designed to work with video recorded with iPad, iPad Pro, iPhone 8, iPhone X, etc. To ensure optimal performance, the app filters out certain non-Apple video clips from the Video browser. These incompatible clips cannot be added to your iMovie project."
One can certainly get around this little setback by re-encoding your video clips so that they play nice with your iOS devices, it just takes a little extra effort. There are plenty of third-party applications out there that will convert your videos for you, even some in the Mac App Store. Here we'll show you how to import non - iOS Camcorder videos into iMovie for iPad/iPad 2 with iFunia AVCHD Converter which only takes a few steps:
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Step 1: Import the Camcorder movies to your Mac.
Connect camcorder to Mac, then copy and paste the videos from camcorder to hard disk. After that run AVCHD Converter and click the Media Browser icon at the upper right corner to add MTS/ M2TS HD video files, you may add as many MTS videos as you want for batch conversion.
Step 2: Set output format into iOS - compatible formats (H.264).
Select a HD video output format for each video file. Here we set the output video format to iPad 2 format with 1280*720 resolution which provides a best compromise between file size and video quality. After all the settings done, you may click the big button "Start" to begin converting AVCHD MTS to iMovie MP4 video.
Step3: Import the video clips into iTunes and copy them to your iOS device.
After the conversion for iMovie unsupported videos and DVDs with Video to iMovie Converter, click 'Import Movies' to add the camcorder movies into iMovie.