Working with Canon EOS 5D Mark II MOV files in iMovie/FCE

Summary: H.264 codec is not an editing codec, so consumers often need to convert files from DSLR cameras like Canon and Nikon to MOV for editing in Mac NLE systems. This post presents how to transcode Canon EOS 5D Mark II H.264 MOV files to AIC .MOV for use in iMovie or FCE with optimum performance.

5d mark iiLooking for a transcoder capable of converting MOV files from 5D Mark II for editing in iMovie
Has anyone ever worked with H.264 MOV files from a Canon EOS 5D Mark II camera on a Mac? My work requires me to edit 5D Mark II video files in iMovie and I am trying to work out the workflow in iMovie. I heard from someone that H.264 is not an editing codec, and I have to convert 5D Mark II H.264 movies to an intermediate format like MOV that is compatible with iMovie. So my question becomes, ‘Does anyone know a Mac Video Converter that has ability to convert H.264 MOV files from 5D Mark II to QuickTime MOV for use in iMovie? I would really appreciate any help. Thank you so much!”

By using Video Converter for Mac utility, you can easily convert 5D Mark II footage to Apple InterMediate Codec .mov for editing on Mac with best quality. The Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) is iMovie/FCE’s favorite editing codec, which iMovie and FCE will recognize and handle well.

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Canon 5D Mark II Video Converter for Mac
More than converting H.264 MOV files from Canon EOS 5D Mark II, this Mac Video Converter is also able to work with different types of consumer-level cameras and professional-level camcorders, including Canon 600D, 60D, 7D, 5D, Nikon D90, D7100, D5200, Olympus E-PL3, OM-D E-M1, Canon VIXIA cmeras, Canon C300, C500, XF100/105, XF200/205, XF300/305, Panasonic P2 camcorders, Sony AVCHD handycam, etc.

Workflow guide for 5D Mark II and iMovie/FCE – how to encode Canon EOS 5D Mark II H.264 .mov to AIC .mov on Mac?

Follow these steps:

Step 1: Open up Video Converter for Mac as a Canon 5D Mark II Video Converter for Mac. When its main interface comes up, click ‘Add File’ to load your source media.
5D Mark II MOV to iMovie/FCE AIC conversion

Step 2: From ‘Profile’ list, choose ‘Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC)(*.mov)’ as output format under ‘iMovie and Final Cut Express’ column.
transcode 5D Mark II H.264 MOV files to AIC .MOV for iMovie/FCE

Important: If you’ve loaded a number of video clips to do batch conversion, please do remember ticking off ‘Apply to All’ option before you start.

Step 3: Custom video and audio settings (optional)
If necessary, you can click ‘Settings’ button and go to ‘Profiles Settings’ panel to modify video and audio settings like video encoder, resolution, video bit rate, frame rate, aspect ratio, audio encoder, sample rate, audio bit rate, and audio channels. 3D settings are also available.

Step 4: Begin 5D Mark II MOV to iMovie/FCE AIC conversion
When ready, click ‘Convert’ to start format conversion. Once the conversion process is complete, click ‘Open Folder’ button to get the generated AIC MOV files for editing with iMovie’11/9/8 or Final Cut Express.

If you don’t want to wait for theentire conversion process, you can tick off ‘Showdown computer when conversion completed’ and go away to do other things.

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