How to open Canon EOS M5 movies in iMovie?

Came upon issues opening Canon EOS M5 footage in iMovie? Check this post to learn a workaround to transcode EOS M5 movies to Apple InterMediate Codec for use in iMovie flawlessly.

How can I smoothly edit Canon EOS M5 60p .mov files in iMovie?
“Hi there, I have a Canon EOS M5 which I use a lot for video. It lacks 4K capture, but can record high-definition movies at up to 60 frames per second with 1,920 x 1,080-pixel resolution in H.264 QuickTime MOV format. I assumed I could just drag the MOV file into iMovie, edit, then save it as a new file, but importing it takes forever – even small clips. Is there anything I can do to go through this? Thanks for any suggestion.”
import canon eos m5 video to imovie
If for whatever reason you are having issues working with Canon EOS M5 video in iMovie, we would recommend converting those MOV files into a native format for iMovie which it can better digest, such as Apple InterMediate Codec. Check a quick guide on how to transcode EOS M5 60p MOV to AIC for iMovie editing.

How to convert Canon M5 60p MOV for iMovie editing?

Software requirement
HD Converter for Mac
Canon EOS M5 video to iMovie converter

The steps:
Step 1: Open up HD Converter for Mac as a Canon EOS M5 Converter for iMovie. When its main interface comes up, click ‘Add File’ to load your source media.
importing Canon EOS M5 files into iMovie

Step 2: Select output format for iMovie
To convert Canon EOS M5 video files for iMovie, from ‘Profile’ list, choose ‘Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC)(*.mov)’ as output format under ‘iMovie and Final Cut Express’ column. This codec is also suitable for use in the discontinued FCE.
importing Canon EOS M5 60p mov files into iMovie
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 Canon EOS M5 video files to AIC MOV Conversion on Mac
When ready, click ‘Convert’ to start format conversion. Once the conversion process is complete, you can click ‘Open Folder’ button to get the generated AIC MOV files for editing in iMovie with optimum performance.
If you don’t want to wait for the entire conversion process, you can tick off ‘Shut down computer when conversion completed’ and go away to do other things.

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