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HD movie play back too fast in imovie after import

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Tamade Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Oct 5, 2009 11:36 PM
HD movie clip taken from panasonic lumix DMC-ZS3 is playing back after import to imovie at twice the speed. I've seen many post with people having this issue but no real answer. Some say upgrading to iLife 09 fix the problem while others said it didn't resolve the issue. I have iLife 08.

Can someone please help, this is really annoying.
iMac 2.4ghz, Mac OS X (10.5)
  • SDIllini Level 6 Level 6 (16,670 points)
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    Oct 6, 2009 7:57 AM (in response to Tamade)
    I thought that there were updates for iMovie 008 that would tae care of the AVCHD Lite import problems.

    First, I'd make certain that I had the latest updates installed along with the latest QuickTime updates installed.

    Sue
    iMac G5 1.8 GHz 20FP /(2) iMac G4 800MHz 17FP, Mac OS X (10.5.4), iLife 3,4,5,6,8 Superdrives/ 1 G RAM / QT6 pro
  • dermoreilly Calculating status...
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    Oct 29, 2009 9:55 PM (in response to Tamade)
    I'm experiencing the exact same issue with iMovie 08 (7.1.4 (585)) on an intel macbook and my new DMC-ZS3. The speed is almost exactly 2X what it should be.

    Would be great to get an update from Apple that resolves this.
    Macbook, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • Jose Leary Calculating status...
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    Nov 7, 2009 9:09 PM (in response to Tamade)
    I'm in the same predicament. I imported my miniDV tapes from CANON HV10 HDV camcorder, 7 out of 10 tapes play way too fast and the audio is terrible. Hopefully someone find something here, I've been on so many sites and no answer. including CANON's.
  • Jose Leary Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 7, 2009 9:11 PM (in response to Tamade)
    I'm in the same predicament. I imported my miniDV tapes from CANON HV10 HDV camcorder, 7 out of 10 tapes play way too fast and the audio is terrible. Hopefully someone find something here, I've been on so many sites and no answer. including CANON's.
    mini, Mac OS X (10.6.1)
  • Julie Forester Calculating status...
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    Nov 8, 2009 6:22 PM (in response to Tamade)
    I have the same exact problem with double the speed play back. Need to know what to do now.
    mac osx, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • funkyj2179 Calculating status...
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    Dec 6, 2009 8:16 PM (in response to Tamade)
    Same problem. I wonder if contacting Panasonic directly would help. Perhaps I will try that tomorrow and post any solutions. This is REALLY annoying.
    Macbook, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • funkyj2179 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    This is the response I got from Panasonic regarding this issue:

    +Thank you for your inquiry. We regret to hear that you are having+
    +difficulties with you product. When attempting to view the .mov files,+
    +please use the Quicktime application. In order to do any uploading or+
    +editing of AVCHD files on a Macintosh the latest updated versions of+
    +IMovie 08' or 09' would need to be used. Due to lack of compatibility the+
    +AVCHD files cannot be recognized using standard applications in the MAC.+
    +We hope this information is helpful to you. Thank you for contacting+
    Panasonic.
    Macbook, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • on2mars Calculating status...
    Does anyone know if Imovie 09 fixes the problem?
    MAc Powerbook, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • 2000C43 Calculating status...
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    Dec 16, 2009 7:20 PM (in response to Tamade)
    I have the same problem as well with my brand new ZS3. I that the video clip played correctly once, but the video plays at 2x speed and the sound plays at 1x and is totally out of sync. I have tried everything but cannot fix the problem. I have an 24" Intel iMac, OS 10.5.8, and iLife '08 with all updates.
    24" iMac, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • 2000C43 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 16, 2009 7:52 PM (in response to Tamade)
    I tried to play the clips within Quicktime and got the same result. I tried exporting the videos out of iMovie into a different format and still got the same result. The videos are still on my ZS3 and they pay perfectly on the camera but no matter what I try on the iMac, even re-importing them again off the camera, I still get the same result...video plays too fast.
    24" iMac, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • jgoren Calculating status...
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    Jan 17, 2010 4:16 PM (in response to 2000C43)
    Did you ever figure out how to solve this problem. I too had the same problem moving video from my Lumix (Panasonic) camera to Imovie. it worked the first time so I deleted the videos and now I have video running at twice the speed (regular speed for the audio) on I Movie. Any way to get the IMovie video to work properly?
    IMac, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • jgoren Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I have the same problem. Did you ever find out what to do to fix it? I erased my original files so now I only have the IMovie files at the wrong speed.
    IMac, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • howzit Calculating status...
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    Jan 23, 2010 11:26 AM (in response to Tamade)
    Just picked up a Panasonic ZS3 and I am experiencing the fast playback issue with iIMovie '08.

    Apple Acknowledges the issue - see link:
    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3481

    This website was updated June 09. Workaround is to upgrade to imovie '09.

    I think before I upgrade I am going to check out the Canon SX200 IS and see if their codec has the same issue in imovie '08.

    From reviews I read, Canon has more manual features vs. Panasonic, however, when shooting video I believe the Canon can only go up to 4x optical zoom.
    imac 7,1, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
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