As you know, I have a new phone from Verizon and a new Mac from all my hard work and begging. I love them both, but they don’t play nice. Who plays nice with Mountain Lions anyway?
So, my Samsung Galaxy S III takes great video and I love how big the screen is to watch them on. I also love the light that comes on and shines on your subject. This is great in the evenings. Problem…I can only watch them on the darn phone and I can’t do a darn thing with them in iMovie.
Tonight I found a solution. Honestly, I tried some free ones and they did not work and then I found Wondershare’s Video Converter.
Basically I saved my phone’s videos onto a USB drive, plugged it into my mac and dragged my files in to the Video Converter. I finally got to see my movies on my mac! I also got to do some basic editing like rotating and cropping. There were a lot more editing options I plan to play with. Double yay!
Once you import your videos in their strange MP4 format that you think will work but is just not iMovie enough, then you choose what to convert the movie to. You don’t need to be a tech genius, there is a great drop down menu with pictures and words that you can understand instead of file format names. It turns out iMovie needs to have MP4s with a MPEG 4. Whatevs. This works. And it was easy!
Just select the little iPhone photo and a drop down menu will appear. Check out the menu and click on iMovie or a bunch of other choices!
Once I select it saves it to my file list and I will see the iMovie icon.
When you are ready, just click the little rotating arrows in the bottom right hand corner and your conversion will begin! Not seeing your movies greyed out will make you squeal! I found them in my videos folder when I clicked on Wondershare. Finally, something on this machine that was easy to find!
I will be back with an editing video of Sophia talking about her first day of kindergarten filmed on my Samsung Galaxy S III, but here is the rough cut that iMovie would not even touch an hour ago!
So, I have not purchased it yet (note the watermark on the video) but I am going to unless someone can show me something just as good and easy that is free! Right now it is selling for $39.00 and supports a ton of formats. I think it sounds like a good deal for how stinkin’ easy it was to use!
Let me know if you have a better way and if not, you should totally check out the Wondershare Video Converter. It saved me major headaches tonight and now I know I can make these awesome videos from my Samsung Galaxy S III into movies that you can watch without having my phone!
Disclosure: I am participating in the Verizon Wireless Ambassador program and have been provided with a wireless device and three months of service in exchange for my honest opinions about the product.