Can’t Edit iPhone H.265/HEVC Videos in iMovie -The Solution


Q: “I have updated my iPhone 7 to iOS 11 so I can record videos in H.265/HEVC formats, the videos are much sharper. One question is that I can’t import iPhone HEVC to iMovie for further editing, is there any solution? Thanks a lot!”

H.265/HEVC is the latest video compression standard that’s been introduced in both macOS High Sierra and iOS 11. HEVC brings high-quality video with better compression rates, for files that are approximately half the size of H.264, the previous standard. For those who can’t import iPhone H.265/HEVC files to iMovie, you’re in the right place. The tutorial will share two positive ways for you.

Method 1. Update Mac OS X to macOS High Sierra

As mentioned, the latest iMovie for Mac brings the editing app up to speed with macOS High Sierra and iOS 11, both of which rely on HEVC to compress ultra high-resolution video into manageable chunks. So you can free update your Mac OS X to High Sierra, and edit iPhone H.265/HEVC videos in newest iMovie without hassle.

Method 2. Convert iPhone H.265/HEVC to Apple InterMediate Codec for iMovie

As a freeware iMovie supports lots of video/audio formats as input. One of them is Apple InterMediate Codec .mov, it is recommended for use with all HD workflows in Final Cut Express, iMovie, and until Final Cut Pro version 5. To convert iPhone H.265/HEVC to, Brorsoft iMedia Converter for Mac is highly recommended.

This all-in-one Mac Video Converter tool is fully compatible with macOS High Sierra, Sierra, etc. With it, you can convert iPhone 7/8/X H.265/HEVC, as well as MTS, M2TS, AVI, WMV, MKV, FLV, MPEG, WMV, MXF, VOB and even Blu-ray, DVD files to iMovie most compatible Apple InterMedaite Codec .mov with least quality loss. Plus, it also has a built-in video editor that allows you to customize the videos as you like.


Step 1. Install and run best iPhone HEVC to iMovie video converter, then click load file button to import your iPhone 7/8/X H.265/HEVC to the program.


Step 2.  Press the “Format” bar and select iMovie and Final Cut Express > Apple InterMediate Codec(*.mov) as output format on the drop-down menu. You can also click “Settings” icon to adjust video, audio parameters.

Tip: If you like, click “edit” button to do video editing job like trimming, cropping, add personal watermark, adjust video/audio effect, etc.

Step 3. With above settings, click Convert icon to convert iPhone H.265/HEVC videos to iMovie supported formats. When the conversion is complete, just click Open button to locate the output files. You can now import your converted iPhone HEVC videos to iMovie for editing without hassle.

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4 Responses

  1. Corey says:

    Thank you for this useful tip.

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