Choppy DJI Spark Video in iMovie

 Diana Joan

Aug 18, 2017 06:10 am / Posted by  Diana Joan

DJI Spark is a mini drone that features all of DJI's signature technologies, allowing you to seize the moment whenever you feel inspired. After you seize the moment, many people would like to transfer the DJI Spark video from SDcard to iMovie for editing. But the feedback unveiled that when it would be smooth to play the videos in QuickTime Player and VLC while it is choppy using the DJI Spark videos in iMovie.  

Many issues like this occurs when we are visiting DJI forums. But few people can know the exact reason. One speculation is that whether DJI is reporting the frame rate incorrectly in its files or it a software issue on the desktop cause while importing video clips in Final Cut Pro,  if you change the default frame-rate of 29.97 to 30fps,  the video plays smoothly.  Using the 'mediainfo' utility,  the only difference we can see between DJI videos and videos from other cameras is the following:

DJI:          Frame rate                               : 29.970 (30000/1001) fps
iPhone:     Frame rate                               : 30.000 FPS

Some people tried to adjust the 29.97fps to 30fps when importing DJI Spark video to iMovie. Some succeeded while some failed. If you found DJI Spark video in iMovie choppy, you also can try to convert DJI Spark video to iMovie most compatible AIC codec MOV video in that MP4 video is not a friendly video format to NLE software with a video converter.

Best Software to Convert DJI Spark Video to iMovie on macOS High Sierra

As the best Mac video converter that supports macOS High Sierra, Pavtube iMedia Converter for Mac can help you convert DJI Spark 1080p MP4 video to iMovie best editing codec - Apple Intermediate Codec video in MOV format with most compatible video and audio settings. Besides DJI Spark video, it also can transcode DJI Phantom 4/4 Pro, DJI Mavic Pro, DJI Inspire video with HD and 4K resolution to iMovie video files.

Besides acting as a DJI Spark video to iMovie converter, the program also performs as a video editor, which helps to offer some basic but beneficial video editing functions. You can trim video length to remove unwanted parts from DJI Spark video, crop video file size, adjust output file aspect ratio, add text/image/video watermark to DJI video, apply special rendering effect, insert external ASS/SSA/SRT subtitles to videos, etc. You can learn more about this video converter in the review.

Steps to Convert DJI Spark Video to iMovie on macOS High Sierra

Step 1. Load Spark Video files

Launch this best Spark Video converter on your Mac. Click "Add Video" or directly drag and drop the Spark video file into the software.This Mac version software also supports batch conversion to encode your Spark Videos.

load video

Step 2: Select output format for iMovie

When the files are loaded, you can simply choose "iMovie and Final Cut Express"> "Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) (*.mov)" as the output video format, in this option all the key specs like video resolution, frame rate, bitrate has been optimized for using in iMovie. Then hit "Browse" to decide where to locate the output files. Otherwise, they will be exported to a default folder specified by the application itself.



If you are not satisfied with the default settings, click "Settings" button, then you will enter the following interface, on which you are allowed to customize size, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate, and audio channel to your required ones.


Step 3: Start DJI Spark video to iMovie conversion

Click the big red Convert button on the main interface to start to convert your DJI Spark MP4 video to AIC MOV for iMovie.

After the conversion, click "Open" to locate the encoded videos and then launch iMovie, choose File > Import > Movies..., to import the converted video into iMovie; prepare for editing. You will find that it's just a piece of cake to edit DJI Spark files in iMovie.

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