Tips for Users

Following multiple questions from our users who come to edit and create video or movie or animated presentation slides, here are some tips to keep in mind when you chose a video file to edit in iMovie or Final Cut Express.

iMovie supports:

video file formats - DV, DV Widescreen, HDV, MPEG-4, iSight;

audio file formats - AAC, AC3, AIFF, MP3;

graphics and still images: TIFF, JPEG, GIF, PICT, PNG, and PSD 


FCE supports:

video file formats - QuickTime Movie, AVI, MPEG and Macromedia Flash (video only);

audio file formats - AIFF/AIFC, Sound Designer II, System 7 Sound, uLaw (AU), and WAVE;

graphics and still images: BMP, FlashPix, GIF, JPEG/JFIF, MacPaint (PNTG), Photoshop (layered), PICS, PICT, PNG, QuickTime Image File, SGI, TARGA (TGA), and TIFF.


FCE does not directly accept MPEG-2 / MPEG-4, DV stream, and AVI files. To work with them, it's best to convert these files using MPEG Streamclip.

To convert MP3 audio file into AIFF format that FCE supports, use iTunes (File > Export > Sound to AIFF).

Or, for newer versions of iTunes: File > Add to Library > right click on the track > create AAC version.

if you have .wma file iTunes will convert it automatically into .aac file good to playback.

Or, use this free oline resource that converts any files into any formats for seconds - Zamzar

Or, use this free online resource to convert audio files into .aiff -


To record your narration for a video file:


on PC: Start> Accessories > (Entertainment) > Sound Recorder 

on MAC: QuickTime > File > New Audio Recording


NB: The video library that we collect, classify, and digitize and gradually upload online and our Centre is presented in MPEG, MPEG-4, and  .mov formats.