I'm considering getting a Canon 800D(T7i) but have read that people are having problems importing and editing the video on Mac computers with it. Apparently it's not just a matter of dumping the video files off the memory card and start using them but they need to be converted to a format the Mac can read first. Is this correct? I'm on a iMac running macOS Sierra and aim to edit Canon 800D video using iMovie
Scanning the specs of Canon 800D, I know the 800D produces MP4 files encoded with H.264, but it seems iMovie does not like the way. The file type is a compressed output format, but not ideal for editing in NLE system. To solve those problems, the quick workaround is to transcode Canon 800D/T7i MP4 files to iMovie
natively supported format(Apple InterMediate Codec .mov is highly recommended.).
To complete the task, Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac
is recommended, which is a powerful high-quality video converter, player and editor. If you are editing with iMovie, chances are you already installed this great free utility. If not, download it from here
Overall, the program is the best Video Converter for Canon 800D/T7i footage. With it, you can effortlessly transcode Canon 800D MP4 to AIC .mov, which will create iMovie friendly file format keeping the original quality. Besides iMovie, this software can also export DNxHD for Avid, MPEG-2 for Premiere Pro/Elements, ProRes for Final Cut Pro and more NLE systems for native editing. Just download it and follow the tutorial below to make your iMovie to ingest MP4 videos from Canon T7i beautifully.
How to Convert Canon 800D MP4 for Editing in iMovie on Mac
Step 1: Load Canon 800D video files
Install and launch the Canon 800D MP4 converter and load source MP4 clips to it. You can import MP4 clips to the program through "Add Video" button or "Add from folder" button.
Step 2: Choose iMovie preferred format
You can choose iMovie/FCE -- > Apple InterMediate Codec(AIC) (*.mov) as the output format. The output video can be imported to iMovie 11/iMovie 09/iMovie 08 directly.
In case the default settings do not fit your requirement, you can click "Settings" button and enter "Profile Settings" panel to adjust video size, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate and audio channels.
Step 3: Start Canon D800 video conversion
Click "Convert" button to start encoding Canon D800 MP4 video to AIC for importing to iMovie. When the conversion task is finished, click "Open" button to get the exported files and then import the converted Canon T7i MP4 files into iMovie to do further editing.
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