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vivian58 Jul 03, 2012 10:11 PM

How to Import footage from Canon T2i/550D to iMovie for editing smoothly on Mac
Canon T2i MOV iMovie Import Tips- Transcode T2i/550D H.264 .MOV to AIC for iMovie

Canon EOS Digital Rebel T2i/550D is the upgrade from the Canon "Digital Rebel" DSLR line (the T1i/500D). Comparing to 500D, 550D provides better image quality with 18 megapixel sensor. The T2i allows you to film at either 1920x1080, 1280x720 or 640x480 pixels with 30fps, 25fps, and 24fps. And the recorded videos are saved in H.264 format.

It maybe an excited one if Canon T2i owners can edit Canon T2i MOV freely on some editing software, like iMovie. So what's the best format for use in editing Canon T2i MOV in iMovie? How to import Canon Rebel T2i MOV to iMovie for smooth editing? From Apple forum we know that H.264 MOV is not a suitable editing format for iMovie, you are suggested to transocde Canon T2i MOV to AIC (Apple Intermediate Codec), the favorite editing codec of iMovie in advance. The Apple Intermediate Codec (AIC) does not use temporal compression, so every frame can be decoded and displayed immediately without first decoding other frames. The drawback of this codec is that it requires much more bandwidth and hard drive storage space. The following are steps for you to convert Canon EOS T2i MOV to AIC MOV for iMovie editing.

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The recommended HD Video Converter for Mac is the first choice for you to make smooth videos for editing in iMovie. It makes it easy to convert Canon DSLR T2i/550D MOV footage to suitable H.264 MOV for iMovie. Below is brief guide for you.

How to import Canon Rebel T2i (EOS 550D) MOV to iMovie for editing?


Step 1: Run the best Canon 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 T2i MOV to AIC for use in iMovie, simply hit “Format” menu and follow “iMovie and Final Cut Express” > “Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) (*.mov)”.

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 T2i (EOS 550D) MOV to iMovie.

Launch iMovie, and then choose File > Import > Movies to import the converted Canon Rebel T2i (EOS 550D) MOV to iMovie for further editing.

Some more helpful features of the Mac Canon HD Video Converter for iMovie:

1. Settings- click to set video resolution(19201080/14401080/1280720/720480), bitrate(from 1Mbps to 20Mbps), frame rate (24p/30p).

2. Editor (next to “Add” icon)- click to set deinterlace, denoise, mute, volume up, trim, crop, etc.

Now you are free to edit Canon Rebel T2i (EOS 550D) MOV in iMovie under Mac without problems!

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