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Sep 25

iMovie for iOS – How to import Camcorder videos to iMovie on iPad 2?


“How do I import camcorder recording videos into iMovie on my iPad 2?  I have videos on my iPad in movies and in my camera roll and can’t import them. I also had videos in iTunes that I ‘convert for the iPad’ but those do not work either?  The only videos I can add to iMovie are ones created by the iPad which not the easiest tool for creating videos.”

This post is aiming to help you out of the above problems.

How iMovie for iOS works? What contents can be imported to iMovie from iPad 2?

iMovie for iOS ONLY work for video shot on an iPod, iPhone or iPad. The video recordings taken with iPad are saved under Photos. When your open iMovie on iPad, the app scans and lists videos under Photos instead of Videos. This means your movies synced from iTunes library will not appear in the Source list of iMovie.

iMovie does not recognize contents under Video app on the New iPad 3, iPad 2 or iPad 1st Gen. The iPad, however, can import pictures & shootings from camera and memory card to Photo library with iPad Camera Connection Kit. And we can take advantage of this feature to import movies to iMovie on iPad.

How to import movies to iMovie on iPad 2?

What you need: iPad Camera Connection Kit, SD card (memory card), your computer

1. Sort out the videos you’d like to edit in iMovie. Copy them to computer.

Convert the videos if necessary – videos in MP4, MOV and AVI (Motion-JPEG encoded only) are naturally supported, videos in other formats must be converted. See how to convert videos to iPad compatible format.

2. Rename those videos to with filenames exactly 8 characters long plus their file extension, e.g. 12345678.mp4

3. Create a DCIM directory off the SD card’s root (or camera HD drive root).

4. Copy the videos to the SD card under DCIM directory.

5. Insert the SD card to iPad Camera Connection Kit, and connect the other end of the kit to iPad.

6. Unlock iPad and it will detect your videos and ask whether to import to iPad. Import all.

7. Disconnect iPad Camera Connection Kit.

8. On the iPad, go to Photos. The imported videos are saved along with pictures.

9. Now open iMovie again, and find imported videos in the refreshed Source area.

Here we’ll show you how to import Camcorder videos into iMovie for iPad/iPad 2/iPad 3 with Pavtube MTS Converter for Mac which only takes a few steps:

Why we choose MTS Converter for Mac Standard to convert MTS to iPad 2?

1. It can load MTS file and help you convert them to a wide range of common videos (AVI, MP4, 3GP, MKV, etc.), common audios (MP3, ACC, WMA, MKA, FLAC, etc.) and popular digital devices (iPad, iPad 2, iPad 3, iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 4, Apple TV, etc.)

2. It can convert MTS to iPad 2 6x faster for iMovie thanks to its cutting-edge technology to support Multi-core CPU and Hyper-threading.

3. It can ensure the HD output quality.

4. It has optimized presets for iPad 2, that is, you can convert MTS to iPad 2 without figuring out the right video format, encoder, bit rate and so on for iPad 2, just select the device name from the output profiles and then you can get the compatible video for iPad 2.

Step 1: Import the Camcorder movies to your Mac.

Connect your camcorder to Mac, then copy and paste the videos from camcorder to hard disk. After that install and run MTS to iPad 2 Converter for Mac and click the big button “Add” to add mts video from camcorder, you may add as many MTS videos as you want for batch conversion.

Step 2: Select iPad 2 compatible video format, click “Format > iPad > iPad 2 Video(*.mp4)”.

Step 3. Adjust the parameters. (Optional)

Click the “Setting” button to have the Profile settings box. Adjust the Size in the Video list to 768*576, 1280*720 or 640*480 to make the perfect playback effect, and make sure the Codec in the Audio list is aac and the Frame is 30.

Step 4. Start converting camcorder videos to iPad 2 support format by clicking the “Convert” button.

Step 5. Get the converted mts video by clicking “Open” button.

Step 6. Import the video clips into iTunes and copy them to your iPad 2.

Click “Import Movies” to add the camcorder movies to iMovie on iPad 2 (include iPad, iPad 3 or other Apple devices).

Find more iPad video solutions in iPad 3 Column.

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  4. Victoryox

    You just get the iOS app named Video Converter App to help you. There’s no need for Windows or Mac video conversion apps. You don’t need to use iTunes either. Video Converter App can help you transfer video files from your computer to iOS devices for direct conversion and playback. When the conversion is done and the converted video are saved to the Photo Library, you will be able to import them into iMovie for further editing.


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    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! We’ve been helping our daughter with a school video project she wanted to do in iMovie. Figured out how to convert movies from camera, actually imported one successfully, then the iPad didn’t recognize the next videos. After a day and a half of frustrating searching and re-trying, we found your article this morning. It was the number of characters in the file name! First success was because we accidentally used the right number of characters. Again… THANK YOU!!!


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    If you’re looking to import audio to sync with your video, the camera connection kit won’t see it. I figured out how record with an H1 recorder and import it into iMovie with a device called AirStash. I put together a quick video of how I did it.


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