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Sorting clips in iMovie

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Ayabara Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Jun 6, 2011 9:04 AM

I have imported footage from a DV camera, and iMovie has sorted it nicely in "year-folders" and shows the date of recording. I have also imported avi and mov files from my old compact cameras, and here iMovie fails greatly to show me the date I want. Instead of the recording date (Date/Time Original in the metadata), it shows the last time the file was changed/accessed/touched, and puts it in the 2011 folder. I would really like to see all the movies in chronological order.


One alternative could be correcting the timestamps in the movies that are wrong. Another could be sorting the clips manually and have a view for that. Haven't figured out how to do any of it though. Any ideas?

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.7)
  • AppleMan1958 Level 7 Level 7 (27,335 points)
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    Jun 6, 2011 11:57 AM (in response to Ayabara)

    I would recommend using a tool like MPEG Streamclip to chop them into logical clips (defined as a single click of the record button until clicking stop. (Unless they are already logical clips. )

    Then rename the clips in the form clip-yyyy-mm-dd hh;mm;ss.ext where hh is the time of day in a 24 hour clock and ext is the current extension.

  • AppleMan1958 Level 7 Level 7 (27,335 points)
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    Jun 6, 2011 12:45 PM (in response to Ayabara)

    You must name the file clip-yyyy-mm-dd hh;mm;ss.ext

    It must be exactly this way. The word clip cannot be CLIP, for example.


    I haven't tried this with AVI, but it is important to note that AVI is a container, not a codec (just like MOV is a container not a codec.) If you can figure out what codec is embedded in the AVI, you can use MPEG Streamclip or the like to convert to that codec, which will basically just strip off the AVI container. Then the renaming should work. It may work without this step if you follow the naming convention.


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