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ChrisForest Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I am trying to import HD video from my Sanyo Xacti video camera into iMovie but several seconds of the video are cut off for each video I try to import. Most recently I tried to import a two minute video an almost 1 minute was not imported. Any ideas why this keeps happening. Thanks.

Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.2)
  • 1. Re: Importing video into iMovie
    Steve5264 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I've been doing the same thing for the past two hours... it only imports 1/2 of the length of the clip. I shot everything in HD, not iFrame, and I cannot figure anything out. Hopefully someone will know the answer... one of the reasons I bought the xacti was it's compatibility to Mac and iMovie.
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    Steve5264 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Any body able to help us here?
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    antisox Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I'm having the same exact problem. iMovie is only importing exactly half of the video when I import it normally--I am importing from 1080i format to the "Large" format (960x540). I'm having a difficult time finding any answers for this on the web.
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    Nameless68 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    Steve5264 wrote:
    I've been doing the same thing for the past two hours... it only imports 1/2 of the length of the clip. I shot everything in HD, not iFrame, and I cannot figure anything out. Hopefully someone will know the answer... one of the reasons I bought the xacti was it's compatibility to Mac and iMovie.



    I used to have the Xacti HD2 and just tried to import the old video files and it all came in correctly , but the older one was only 720p. Try setting a lower res if you can to see if it comes in then.
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    aleahdillon Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Has anyone found a solution to this issue? iMovie import from camera function consistently only imports about half of the clip. I've tried this on two separate MacBook Pros. I can drag the clips over instead of importing but the aspect ration is messed up when I do it that way. My camera is a Samsung HD. Any ideas or other work-arounds?
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    wwelbon Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Hey,
    I have a theory on this on. I am trying to import footage from my gopro hd shot in 720p at 60 fps. I am thinking that the problem is the 60 fps. I think it might be thinking that it is 30 fps and cutting when it finishes 4 minutes worth of 30 fps which is only 2 minutes worth of 60 fps. If it counts by frames
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    Lorna from Hawaii Level 2 Level 2 (280 points)
    I saw several YouTube videos made from the Sanyo Xacti and really liked the thing (this was after I bought my little Sony), but then I checked the compatibility chart and did not see the Xacti on that list.

    I hope that there is something that can be done, because that is a great little camcorder you have there, and for a very good price. And it takes still shots with more megapixels than does my Sony Tg5v.

    I wish you much luck in this, Chris.

    ~L
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    wwelbon Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    so i tested it out and for 720 hd 60fps it only imports half. for 1080p 30fps it imports the whole thing. all shot on gopro
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    zyfert Level 3 Level 3 (610 points)
    There are a couple of Sanyo Xacti cameras on the supported list but I don't understand why they all are not.
    They all record in mpeg-4 and are perfectly compatible with iMovie.
    I have 3 of these cameras of varying ages and have had no difficulty with any of them.
    However reading the above posts I agree with wwelbon.
    I only use the SHQ setting on my HD Xactis: 1280 x 720 at 30fps.
    With that setting you will never have an import problem.
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    Stampo Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I am having precisely (or should I say xacti !!) the same problem with my Sanyo Xacti VH1. Only half of each clip is imported. Some of the clips have been 60fps and others at 30fps. This problem happens both when importing via the sd card slot and connecting the camcorder to the mac. I can import the full clips by saving them onto the desktop then importing the files- this work but is very time consuming.
    Strangely the import of the full clips worked when I tried this at the Apple Shop on and identically specced computer. I will go to see them with my machine this weekend to try and solve this problem - will let you know if any success.
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    antisox Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I think you're onto something, wwelbon. I changed my resolution (I was shooting in 720/60p and 480/60p) back to 1080/60i and it imported the full movie. (I'm using a Samsung HMX-H100 btw). Thanks for the suggestion!
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    Dagwood58 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I have the Sanyo Xacti HD1010 and bought it because of it compatibility with Mac, but I've had the same problem. I will switch from the 1080 x 60 mode to the 1080 x 30 mode. Thanks for the idea. Hope it works !
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    fullforce Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    have you had anyluck with this? i'm having the same issue? can you please help?
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    Scottpony Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I am also having the same issue, where imovie imports only half of the clip. I have tried importing from the camera, from the SD card reader, and off a saved copy on the hard drive. When copied to the hard drive, the aspect ratio comes in odd, and I still have an issue with the clip length. The camcorder I am using is a Samsung HD. This is an interesting problem, and I like the notion of 60 fps vs. 30 fps as causing an import issue. On the import screen, the software says it has imported the full time length (i.e. 30 seconds) however when looked at in imovie, it only says 15 seconds. My point in saying that is that it seems like it's a frame counting issue. Will keep trying and hope somebody comes up with a solution.
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