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HD .3gp conversion for iMovie

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I am trying to convert movie files taken with my EVO 4g for use in iMovie. The format the evo saves in is .3gp. Finder's more info option shows the following details for these files

dimensions: 1280x720
Codecs: MPEG-4 Video, AMR Narrowband
Duration: 2:25
Audio channels: 1
Total bit rate: 8,015

I have no idea what the frame rate is.

I have tried using MPEG Streamclip to convert to .mov at full quality, but I still seem to get quite a bit of quality loss.

Does anyone know of a better format to convert these to which will make them editable in iMovie AND keep the original HD quality? Is iMovie capable of editing this?

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I think the default setting is Motion Jpeg for quicktime files in mpegstreamclip, have you tried a different codec (like H.264? Or better yet if you have it Apple Intermediate Codec (will take a lot of space, but is very low compression)?)

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