Olympus E-PL6 and iMovie: import E-PL6 MOV/AVI to iMovie

Summary: Assuming iMovie can not handle E-PL6 MOV/AVI footage smoothly for some unknown reason, what will you do on this issue? In our experience, you will need to convert Olympus E-PL6 footage to an intermediate format like Apple’s InterMediate Codec (AIC) that iMovie will accept and handle well.
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After being confirmed for a launch in Japan, now the Olympus E-PL6 is coming to on sale in the UK. The E-PL6 is very similar to E-PL5. Both of them are among the smaller CSC cameras, having a 16.1-megapixel sensor and an extended ISO range that goes up to 25,600. The only significant difference on hardware is that the E-PL6 has an electronic level letting you judge whether your camera is straight or not without relying totally on your eyes.

The Olympus E-PL6 is able to shoot movies in MOV format in Full HD 1920×1080 and HD 1280×720 at 30p(29.97fps), and in Motion JPEG AVI format in HD 1280×720 and SD 640×480 at 30p(29.97fps). According to user feedback, sometimes iMovie can not handle E-PL6 MOV/AVI footage well for some unknown reason. Then what should we do to make iMovie work with Olympus E-PL6 videos smoothly?

User Question: Needed to convert Olympus E-PL6 footage for editing in iMovie
“Hi, there. I have a question. I want to import E-PL6 MOV footage to iMovie for basic editing. The thing is that I cannot get iMovie to open my E-PL6 video at all. The MOV files are compressed by H.264 codec, with Full HD 1920×1080 resolution at 29.97fps. Does that mean I need to transcode Olympus E-PL6 footage for editing in iMovie? If so, which program would you recommend, and which intermediate format should I convert to for working with iMovie? Thanks everybody.”

Yes, it’s true. If iMovie can not ‘see’ or work with your E-PL6 MOV/AVI files smoothly, you’d better consider re-encoding them to a format that is compatible with iMovie, like Apple’s InterMediate Codec (AIC). To do E-PL6 video to QuickTime AIC Conversion, you can use HD Video Converter for Mac. This Mac converter program works great as an Olympus E-PL6 Video to iMovie Converter, and is capable of generating optimal files for use in iMovie without audio and video out of sync issues.

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How to transcode Olympus E-PL6 MOV/AVI footage to Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) for use in iMovie?

Follow these steps:
1. Install and run HD Video Converter for Mac as an Olympus Video to QuickTime AIC Converter. The main interface appears as below:

2. Click on ‘Add File’ to add your Olympus E-PL6 MOV/AVI footage to the program from your camera or from a card reader, or from an archived folder that contains your source media.

3. From the Format bar, choose ‘Apple InterMediateCodec (AIC) (*.mov) as output format from ‘iMovie and Final Cut Express’ column.

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.

4. (Optional) Click ‘Settings’ button and go to ‘Profile Settings’ window to custom video and audio settings if necessary.

5. When ready, click ‘Convert’ to start transcoding Olympus E-PL6 MOV/AVI footage to AIC – the best suited editing format for using within Apple iMovie Version 11, 8, or 9.

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

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