Choopy DJI Mavic Air 4K Videos in iMovie? Fixed!

An amazing amount of tech in a pocketable drone, the DJI Mavic Air is the best travel drone you’re going to find right now. The DJI Mavic Air’s folding design makes it great for travel while its 4K-resolution camera and three-axis gimbal capture nice-looking photos and video. After that importing into iMovie for postproduction will be a good choice. However, many users complaint that they met choopy playback problem when editing in iMovie. 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 Mavic Air 4K videos in iMovie.

As we all know DJI Mavic Air could capture 4K video at 24/25/30 fps, to solve this playback problem you can compress DJI Mavic Air 4K to 1080p, or just adjust video frame rate to iMovie most compatible ones. The other way is to convert DJI Mavic Air 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.

Here we highly recommend you Pavtube iMedia Converter for Mac which can convert DJI Mavic Air 4K MP4 video to iMovie best editing codec Apple Intermediate Codec video in MOV format with most compatible video and audio settings. It not only works for DJI Mavic Air, but also for DJI Phantom 4/4 Pro, DJI Mavic Pro, DJI Inspire. It can transcode DJI 4k video/HD video to iMovie and Final Cut Pro and other NLE software friendly video formats for editing without any issues.

By the way, this program also performs as a video editor, which offers professional editing functions. You can trim video length to remove unwanted parts from DJI Mavic Air 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.

Quick Guide to Convert DJI Mavic Air 4K Video to iMovie on macOS High Sierra

Step 1. Load Mavic Air 4K Video files

Launch this best Mavic Air Video converter on your Mac. Click “Add Video” or directly drag and drop the Mavic Air 4K video file into the software.This Mac version software also supports batch conversion to encode your Mavic Air Videos. It still has Windows version, its operating procedures are as the same as its Mac version.

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 Mavic Air 4K video to iMovie conversion

Click the big red Convert button on the main interface to start to convert your DJI Mavic Air 4K 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 Mavic Air 4K files in iMovie.

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