How to edit Google Earth .kmz/.kml files in iMovie?

If you are looking for a way to import and edit Google Earth .kmz/.kml files in iMovie, you may wish to read this post. It explains how to convert Google Earth .kmz/.kml files to a QuickTime movie format for use in iMovie with optimum performance.
import and edit Google Earth .kmz/.kml files in iMovie
Is it possible to import .kmz/.kml files into Apple iMovie?
“Hi, there, I recorded a video on Google Earth which is a (.kml or .kmz) file and I want to import this clip into iMovie. My issue is that iMovie seems not to recognize .kml/.kmz file format as import. What should I do to go about this? Please suggest a solution. Thanks a lot.”

Our Answer
The .KML (Keyhole Markup Language) is just an .XML file… it is not a video file at all. The .KMZ is just the .KML file zipped up with the extension changed to .KMZ… these are tiny 1 kb to 5 kb files, even for a Google Earth tour that is 2 minutes long… so there isn’t much there to get a hold of.

To be able to work with Google Earth KMZ/KML files in iMovie, you will need to use a desktop recorder/video capture app that simply records the GE tour playback from the desktop first and then makes a video that is compatible with iMovie.

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convert a Google Earth .kmz or .kml tour file to an AVI file
(Learn the topic on how to change.kmz/.kml to MP4 via using Screen Recorder.)

This Screen Recorder app saves recorded files in WMV or the widely accepted H.264 MP4 format. If for some reason you would like to convert them to a Mac friendly format first so that iMovie will recognize them well, you will need third party converter software like HD Video Converter for Mac. With this universal video transcoder installed, you are ale to convert recorded KML/KMZ files (WMV/MP4) to Apple InterMediate Codec for use in iMovie flawlessly. Here’s a quick guide on how to encode recorded KML/KMZ files (WMV/MP4) to AIC .mov for iMovie.

Software requirement
HD Video Converter for Mac
convert Google Earth .kmz/.kml files to a QuickTime

How to convert recorded KML/KMZ files (WMV/MP4) for iMovie editing?

The steps:
1. Install and run HD Video Converter for Mac as a .kml/.kmz files to iMovie Converter. The main interface appears as below:
import .kmz/.kml files into Apple iMovie

2. Click on ‘Add Video’ to add your Google Earth .kml/.kmz files to the program.

3. From the Format bar, choose ‘Apple InterMediateCodec (AIC) (*.mov) as output format from ‘iMovie and Final Cut Express’ column. Note that the AIC codec is also accepted by Final Cut Express and Final Cut Pro (HD 4.5 through 5), but rarely used in Final Cut Pro as of Version 6 since it now uses the ProRes codecs instead of the Apple Intermediate Codec.

4. Click ‘Settings’ button and go to ‘Profile Settings’ window to custom video and audio settings. (for advanced users)

5. When ready, click ‘Convert’ to start transcoding recorded KML/KMZ files (WMV/MP4) to AIC – the best suited editing format for using within Apple iMovie Version 11, 10, 8, or 9.

6. When the conversion process is complete, click on ‘Open’ button to get the generated AIC QuickTime files and open them in iMovie for further editing.

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