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Workaround for Importing Camcorder Clips in iMovie for iPad 2

Apple’s release of iMovie for iOS was greatly welcomed and it has been a popular download for numerous iPad 2 users.  however, people have noticed that the program does have some limitations, one of them being movies not working if they were directly imported from camcorders and other video devices.

Recently Apple updated a support document to reflect the problem some users reported with iMovie for iOS where the built-in media browser wouldn’t list certain video clips stored in your camera roll. According to Apple, footage not directly captured on the device may not be compatible with iMovie. This includes non-Apple-friendly material imported from, say, your camcorder – either directly via the official camera connection kit or through desktop iTunes. Such video clips do not appear in the Video browser within iMovie, explains Apple.

iMovie for iOS is designed to work with video recorded with iPad 2, iPhone 4, and iPod touch (4th generation). To ensure optimal performance, the app filters out certain non-Apple video clips from the Video browser. These incompatible clips cannot be added to your iMovie project.

While Apple does not specifically support movie formats from third-party devices, you can still get them on your system, which only takes a few steps.

Here’s a simple workaround for importing camcorder clips in iMovie for iPad 2.

1. Import the problematic clip to your Mac.

2. Use Handbrake or the Best iPad Video Converters we reviewed to convert the camcorder clips to iPad 2  friendly formats.

3. Import camcorder clips into iMovie for iPad 2 via iTunes File Sharing.

After this is done, the movies should now work with iMovie for iPad 2 and other iOS products. Enjoy!