The iMovie is an excellent video editing application for Mac and iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPad mini and iPod touch). In iMovie, you can import and edit photos and video clips and add titles, music, and effects, including basic color correction and video enhancement tools and transitions such as fades and slides. The iMovie only supports video formats including MPEG-2 and AVCHD, DV-Standard and HDV (High Definition Video), QuickTime Movie, MEPG-4. It does not support AVI format.

So if you want to add AVI files to iMovie for further editing, you will need to get them converted to iMovie compatible videos first. The only tool you need is Video Converter for Mac. It provides the optimized output profile for iMovie and enables you to convert AVI to iMovie compatible MP4 without losing any video quality.

How to Convert AVI for Editing in iMovie?

1. Download and install Video Converter

Video Converter is compatible with Mac OS X 10.6, 10.7, 10.8 and 10.9 (Mavericks). Download Video Converter and have it installed into your Mac.

2. Add AVI files

Open the video converter application on your Mac. Then you can either click File > Add Video Files to browse and add the AVI files you want to convert or simply drag and drop the files to the item bar.

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3. Select output format

Video preset for iMovie is provided. Simply click the format list at the bottom and go to Editing to select iMovie as the output format. The preset has optimized all the video settings for iMovie.

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4. Start to convert AVI to iMovie video

Click the Convert button to start the conversion. Then wait for the conversion to be done.

5. Add output video to iMovie

Launch iMovie, from the File menu, choose Import > Movies, navigate to the folder that output AVI videos are saved. Select the files and click Import.