How to convert GoPro Hero 8 4K H.265 to iMovie AIC codec on Mac?

GoPro Hero 8 4K H.265 to iMovie workflow

Q: Hi, there, when is Apple going to implement full support for H.265/HEVC into iMovie? I’m shooting with a new GoPro Hero 8 4K camera which records video files using H.265 compression with MP4 wrapper. I’m trying to edit the H.265 4K files in iMovie, but can’t get iMovie to ‘read’ them? Is there a workaround to get iMovie to recognize H.265 4K video? Hoping for a solution. Thanks in advance.

A: A smooth way to edit GoPro Hero 4K footage with iMovie can be achieved by converting and compressing 4K H.265 to iMovie favorable AIC codec. So a 4K Video Converter is essential.

The Hero 8 Black is the best GoPro yet, but without its Mod accessories it’s only a minor update on its predecessor. The maximum bitrate for 2.7K and 4K has been increased from 75Mbps to 100Mbps to make those high resolution shots even more professional-looking footage, for anyone willing to sacrifice the extra memory. And the big thing of course is that it shoots 4K UHD internally on the very robust H.265 codec. However, you would encounter problems if would plan to import GoPro Hero 8 4K H.265 to iMvoie for editing.

In fact, Apple released macOS High Sierra on Monday with HEVC video support, and in the afternoon followed that up with an iMovie update that can import the new format. However, you still can’t edit 4K H.265 files in iMvoie smoothly, that means if you cannot import GoPro Hero 8 4K MP4 to iMovie. Luckily, there is an easy way to fix the issue. The easy workaround is to change the file extention from “H.265” to “AIC-Apple Intermediate Codec”, which is a friendly format supported by iMovie. Here is an easy and efficient solution for you. Acrok Video Converter Ultimate can do the conversion job easily.

First of all, download H.265 to iMovie Converter

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Overall, the program is a professional yet easy-to-use video converter that can be operated under Mac OS X. With it, you can effortlessly transcode H.265 footage shot from GoPro Hero 8 to iMovie highly compatible AIC MOV, which ensures ensuring maximum editing quality and efficiency when working with iMovie. Besides, its also exports advanced encoders like Apple ProRes, DNxHD, MPEG-2, etc. allowing you to convert video to seamlessly fit FCP X, Avid Media Composer, Vegas Pro, etc. Just download the program and follow the step-by-step tutorial below to learn how to make GoPro Hero 8 4K H.265 files work in iMovie perfectly.

Guide: How to convert GoPro Hero 8 H.265 to AIC

Step 1: Load GoPro Hero 8 files to the 4K Video Converter by licking “Add file” icon. You can also drag and drop the .mp4 files to the Converter.

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Step 2. Click on the “Format” > “iMovie” and you will see options to convert your GoPro Hero 8 video for certain video editing software. Since you will be importing the video to iMovie after the conversion, have “AIC MOV” be your selected output format.

Convert H.265 video to iMovie AIC MOV on Mac

Tips: Adjust video, audio settings
Click the “Settings” button and customize proper video/audio parameters including Video size, bitrate and fame rate and mroe. Usually 1920*1080 video size and 30fps video frame rate are recommended for iMovie editing.

After you’ve recorded 4k or 60 fps video, simply add the video clips to your project in iMovie. You can combine 4k and 60 fps video clips with other types of video clips and photos in the same project. If you like, you can set 4k as output option too.

Step 3: Now click “Convert” and let it go. The H.265 to iMovie Converter for Mac supports batch conversion, so if you have lots of GoPro Hero 8 videos to convert, check ‘Shut down computer after conversion’, and you can go away without keeping an eye on it.

Once the conversion process shows in 100%, click Open to get the output videos. Create a project and start GoPro Hero 8 editing H.265 files in iMovie with light speed.

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