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Solve DJI Spark in iMovie Choppy Issues


"I'm having this issue with importing my first Spark video into iMovie. Spark shoots video at 30fps, and I imported into iMovie at 30fps. But viewing the original video in Quicktime it is nice and smooth, the same video in iMovie is choppy and juddery. I'm using iMovie 9 which is the older version. I will try on iMovie 10 but I don't believe that is the problem. Any suggestions?"

"I'm using iMovie 11. Same problem! Video looks fine in QuickTime but very choppy and blurry when imported into iMovie."

As you see, when users import footage from DJI Spark to iMovie(no matter older or new version), the video always get choppy. In this article, we aim to share some possible solutions to help you quickly solve the DJI Spark in iMovie choppy issue.

Solution 1. Based on what we know, iMovie indeed runs on their own native fps. One possible solution to fix DJI Spark choppy videos in iMovie is to trim a few seconds of the clip in media before putting it in timeline. Somehow that fixes it.

Solution 2. Well, if you don't prefer the way, you can try to convert DJI Spark video to iMovie most compatible Apple InterMediate Codec video, which ensures the best results when working with iMovie. To get the work done, you can take Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac, which is one of DJI Spark video converting tool for you. The program comes with optimized format for iMovie, which enables you to transcode DJI Spark MP4 to AIC .mov for using in iMovie directly without any rendering or codec problems. Plus, it also allows you to tweak the video audio parameters including frame rate, bitrate, audio sample rate and more for editing with best results. Download it and follow the tutorial below to convert DJI Spark files to iMovie on Mac(High Sierra, Sierra, El Capitan).


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Convert and Import DJI Spark MP4 Files into iMovie

Step 1: Download, install the top DJI Drone video converter on your Mac. Click Add to import the .mp4 recordings to the program for converting.

Tip: Check the "Merge into one" box, you can join several .mp4 files together.


Step 2: You can directly choose the preset- iMovie/FCE --> Apple InterMediate Codec(AIC) (*.mov) for iMovie which has been supplied by the converter. The Mac program has some simple edit functions like cropping, splitting, add effects, etc.


Step 3: Click "Settings" button if you'd like to customize advanced audio and video parameters like Video Codec, aspect ratio, bit rate, frame rate, Audio codec, sample rate, audio channels.


Step 4: Click convert button to start encoding DJI Spark video to AIC .mov for working with iMovie on Mac.

After the conversion, click the "Open" button to get the output files and then launch iMovie, choose File > Import > Movies..., to import the converted DJI Spark MP4 into iMovie; prepare for editing.

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