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The best way to manage home video albums?

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AceNeerav Level 1 Level 1 (80 points)
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Jul 17, 2009 2:18 AM
I know its very late that I am asking this question considering I switched to mac more than a year back but I had been busy exploring other areas.

Now with iTunes,iMovie, QuickTime and Front Row all capable of playing videos and to that iPhoto being somehow capable of importing videos from camera but not being able to play it, I have been left royally confused! At preset I manage my home videos in Finder and play them directly in quick time. But I would like to manage them in a better way like iPhoto manages Photos.

Here is the deal...
iPhoto can import videos but can't play them! They appear in front row if they are in iPhoto, but again, can't be played!
iMovie allows Video Events but they dont appear in front row!
iTunes can import my videos but they can be only be tagged either as Movies or TV shows and I cant make them stand out distinctly in the iTunes window.

SO can someone tell me what is the best way to manage home and vacation videos?

Also, I want to get them on my iphone.

I have iLife' 09

Neerav Kothari

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  • Noiseboy2006 Level 3 Level 3 (905 points)
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    Jul 17, 2009 4:54 AM (in response to AceNeerav)
    What format are your videos in?
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  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,745 points)
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    Jul 18, 2009 3:07 AM (in response to AceNeerav)
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  • Noiseboy2006 Level 3 Level 3 (905 points)
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    Jul 18, 2009 3:36 AM (in response to AceNeerav)
    I was referring to the codec rather than the file extension. I ask because there if they are in a supported format there is no reason they shouldn't play in Front Row.

    If your movies will play in iTunes you could make a smart playlist for your home movies.

    Set the Genre to "Home Movies" and use this as the basis for your smart playlist.
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  • Carolyn Samit Level 10 Level 10 (84,180 points)
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    Aug 18, 2009 11:00 AM (in response to AceNeerav)
    HI Ace,

    Try this. Right or control click a .mov file and select: Get Info

    In the Get Info window click the discovery triangle where you see: Open with

    Click the pop up menu and select QuickTime Player. If it's not listed, click Other and navigate to the Applications folder and select QuickTime Player.

    Theoretically you should be able to play the .mov files even if you imported then into iPhoto.

    At the bottom of the Get Info window click Preview. You can play the video there also.

    As for importing video from your Mac to your iPhone, start a new topic in the iPhone forum here.

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  • David Mclaine Level 4 Level 4 (1,855 points)
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    Sep 24, 2009 11:46 PM (in response to AceNeerav)
    Hi Neerav,
    Lets start from scratch. What camera recorded these movies and how did you import them onto your mac?
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  • Mike Riordan Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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    Oct 11, 2009 9:48 AM (in response to AceNeerav)
    iMovie 9, which you have, has a video library simular to iPhoto. Import your movies into iMovie. From there you can edit and/or export directly to iDVD, iTunes, iPhone or AppleTV.

    iMovie is a very simple and complex program. imported movies stay in the library in their orginal content for use in multiple edited projects. I was throughly lost when I first moved from iMovie HD to iMovie 9 then I found MacProVideo and bought their iMove 9 tutorial ($30). This 6.5 hour tutorial goes into great detail of every element of iMovie. I suppose that I would have eventually learned/discovered the functions over time but it cut the learning curve to 6.5 hours. I highly recomend it. Disclamer: I have no interest in this company except as a satisfied cutomer.

    Hope this helps
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  • Mike Riordan Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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    Oct 11, 2009 12:38 PM (in response to AceNeerav)
    Actually, that's what iMovie does. iMovie has two basic elements: library and projects.

    The library contains the intact original videos which can be arranged pretty much like the iPhoto and iTunes libraries. The videos in the library cannot be edited. In order to edit you must move a copy of your video into your project pane. The original remains in the library unchanged.

    in order to what you want regarding the iPhone, you would move the video to a project and publish it to iTune with an iPhone format. It would appear in iTunes under movies and you just would sync to your iPhone. It takes longer to tell you about than it takes to do it.

    As far as editing goes, I understand what you want. You could, however, combine several videos together into one movie for viewing on your iPhone.

    Mac Pro Early 2008, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
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