Thursday, October 8, 2015

Importing Canon T4i/650D h.264 footage in iMovie Mac

Importing Canon T4i/650D h.264 footage in iMovie Mac 

Summary: The following passage guides you how to convert Canon T4i/650D H.264 MOV footages to iMovie Apple Intermediate Codec encoded MOV file so that you can edit the Canon T4i videos in iMovie 8/9/10 without problems. 

The Canon EOS Rebel T4i Digital Camera is an ideal camera for any level photographer; combining both high quality imaging power and a wealth of functions that enable you to create beautiful imagery with ease. 

Full HD 1080p video is supported and features a full-time Movie Servo AF system for continuous auto focusing while using live view to record movies. When using one of Canon’s STM lenses, ultra-quiet and smooth performance is possible for fluid HD movie making. 

With every new Camera, comes many new questions about workflow. The term ‘workflow’ can be fairly broad, but today I am looking at importing Canon Rebel T4i (EOS 650D) footage into Final Cut Pro. The Canon T4i uses the same workflow as the Canon EOS series of cameras which includes the 550D (T2i), 600D (T3i), and 1000D (XS), because it records in the same H.264 MOV format. Although the tools for importing the footage have been updated by Canon, it seems not working well when ingesting T4i footage to iMovie. Below, I will throw a quick tutorial up on how to import videos from Canon T4i/650D into iMovie without the EOS Movie Plugin-E1. 


Software requirement 

Pavtube HD Video Converter for Mac – this program is good at encoding camera shootings in different formats (H.264 MOV, MTS/M2TS, MXF, etc.) to video editing software compatible file types, i.e. AIC for iMoiveProRes for FCP, and DNxHD for Avid Media Composer. In this guide, we will run it as a Canon MOV to iMovie Converter to convert Canon EOS 650D (Rebel T4i) to AIC for iMovie. More than dealing with Canon T4i recordings, you can also use it to handle H.264 MOV footage shot by Canon EOS 550D(Rebel T2i), Canon EOS 600D(Rebel T3i), and Canon EOS 1000D(Rebel XS). 


How to import Canon Rebel T4i (EOS 650D) MOV to iMovie for editing

Step 1: Run Canon T4i MOV to iMovie Converter and load H.264 MOV clips to it 

You can click either “Add Video” button or “Add from folder” button to load source MOV files. 


If you want to combine the loaded MOV clips into one file, simply tick off the checkbox before “Merge into one file”. 

Step 2: Select “Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) (*.mov)” as target format 

In order to convert Canon T4i MOV to AIC for use in iMovie, simply hit “Format” menu and follow “iMovie and Final Cut Express” > “Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) (*.mov)”. 


Useful Tips: 

1. By clicking “Browse” button, you can browse and specify a destination folder for the output AIC files instead of the default save path. 

2. By clicking “Settings” button, you are able to enter the “Profile Settings” panel to adjust video and audio parameters for your Canon T4i MOV source files, including video size, bit rate, frame rate and more. 

Step 3: Start H.264 MOV to AIC Conversion 

Click the big button “Convert” to start Canon H.264 MOV to AIC Conversion. As soon as the conversion is completed, you are able to click “Open” button to get the generated AIC MOV files for use in iMovie. 

Step 4: Import converted Canon Rebel T4i (EOS 650D) MOV to iMovie 

Launch iMovie, and then choose File > Import > Movies to import the converted Canon Rebel T4i (EOS 650D) MOV to iMovie for further editing. 


Know more about how to edit Canon T4i H.264 MOV files in FCP

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