“Someone from work sent me a video to edit. The file is sent as a wmv and I want to edit it in iMovie. How do I make it so a) I can open it on a Mac and b) drag it into iMovie? Right now I can’t open to edit.”

WMV is a widely used video format by Windows, while iMovie (iMovie ’11, iMovie ’09, iMovie ’08, iMovie HD) will only accept the following file formats: Movie File Type, MPEG-2 and AVCHD, DV-Standard and HDV (High Definition Video), QuickTime Movie, MEPG-4. This means that if you want to import WMV to iMovie for editing, you need to firstly convert WMV to iMovie friendly videos on Mac or your PC. This guide would explain how to convert WMV to iMovie videos on Mac for importing WMV to iMovie.

Part 1: Reasons Why People Convert WMV to iMovie

As a video editing program for Mac users, iMovie provides an easy way for users to import and arrange recorded videos, edit home videos, and turn them into a movie. Moreover, users can even make use of iMovie to fine-tune the cuts and transitions. However, there is still ONE shortcoming. Videos in only limited formats are supported to be imported into iMovie. Full iMovie video formats are listed below.

  1. DV-Standard file formats
  2. HDV (High Definition Video)1080 I, HDV 720 P
  3. MPEG-4 simple profile
  4. iSight
  5. Camcorder (AVCHD)
  6. Part of QuickTime supported MOV

Before importing video file into iMovie, you need to make sure whether the video file is supported by iMovie, otherwise it will not be recognized by iMovie. Therefore, if you wish to import some videos incompatible with iMovie, for example, importing WMV to iMovie, it is necessary to use a third-party WMV to iMovie converter to convert WMV to iMovie compatible video format beforehand.

Part 2: Best WMV to iMovie Converter for Converting WMV to iMovie

Leawo Video Converter for Mac could act as a professional Mac WMV to iMovie converter to help you convert WMV videos to iMovie compatible videos like MP4 or MOV on MacBook or iMac. It is quite easy to use and offers quite abundance of wonderful bonus features like 2D to 3D movie converting, simple video editing, subtitle retaining, etc.


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Reasons why Leawo Video Converter for Mac is the best WMV to iMovie Converter:

1. This video converter can import video and audio sources in any formats, and realize mutual conversion between them with ease. You can get movies, songs and more in formats of sorts for enjoying.
2. It is the best video converter to convert 2D video to 3D with 6 different 3D effects available: Red/Cyan, Red/Green, Red/Blue, Blue/Yellow, Interleaved, Side by Side. 3D Depth is adjustable as well.
3. The video converter could convert video and audio for Apple/Android/BlackBerry/Windows Mobile/Symbian/Palm users, and more device/player/software users.
4. This video converter supports video-folder reading for batch files loading, and batch conversion feature. You can fulfill video conversion within a few simple mouse-clicks.

Download and install Leawo Video Converter for Mac on your computer, and kick off the program to start to convert WMV to iMovie compatible videos.

Part 3: How to Convert WMV to iMovie on Mac for Importing WMV to iMovie

Section 1: Convert WMV to iMovie on Mac

Step 1: Import source WMV videos


Under the “Convert” module on sub-menu of main program interface, click the “Add Video” button or directlry drag source WMV videos into for this Mac video converter. You could get all information on the left processing list, import multiple WMV videos for batch WMV to iMovie conversion, edit loaded WMV videos, add 3D effect, etc.

Step 2: Set output format


After importing source WMV files, click the drop-down box right before the big green “Convert” button and then select “Change” option on the drop-down panel to enter the Profile window for output format setting. Open “Format > Common Video” group to select iMovie compatible video formats such as MP4 or MOV as output format.


Optional: If you’re not satisfied with the video and audio parameters of preset format like video codec, bit rate, aspect ratio, quality, frame rate, audio codec, audio quality, audio bit rate, sample rate and channel, you could reset them. After setting output format, re-open the drop-down box and then select “Edit” option to enter the Profile Settings panel. On the Profile Setting panel, you could freely set the parameters.

Step 3: Set output directory


When all the format settings are finished, save the settings and return to the main interface. Click the big green “Convert” button on the main interface to set output directory on the popup sidebar. You could open “Save to” box to browse desired folder as output directory.

Step 4: Convert WMV to iMovie on Mac


Finally, click the bottom “Convert” button of the sidebar to start to convert MPEG to iMovie on Mac.

Section 2: Import WMV to iMovie

When the conversion is finished, you could import the converted videos to iMovie for editing on your Mac computer freely.


Guide on how to import WMV to iMovie on Mac:

On the main interface of iMovie, click “File” button on the sub-menu, choose “Import” button on the drop-down list, and select “Movies” to browse and choose WMV video file (now converted into iMovie friendly video format) for importing into iMovie.