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Not able to add video to iBooks Author

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David Markus Calculating status...
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A few weeks ago I started tinkering with iBooks Author. I really like it, very easy to work with. I'd also tried to add some movies and that's where it is getting frustrating... I simply cannot add movies. Whatever I try...

 

Of course I read the help page, browsed Apple support and apparently all I need to do is open a video with Quicktime X, choose export, select iPad and hit the button, but, it simply doesn't work. Whatever I try, I get the message "The media file "test.m4v" wasn't added. One or more video tracks are unsupported."

 

Here's what I tried so far:

- Youtube video (mp4) -> Quicktime X -> export to iDevice : Not working

- Youtube video (mp4) -> Quicktime 7 -> export to mov -> Quicktime X -> export to iDevice : Not working

- Youtube video (flv) -> Quicktime 7 -> export to mov -> Quicktime X -> export to iDevice : Not working

- Youtube video (flv) -> Handbrake -> export to iPad -> Quicktime X -> export to iDevice : Not working

- iPhone 4S video (mov) -> Quicktime X -> export to iPad : Not working

- iPhone 4S video (mov) -> Quicktime 7 -> export with different settings -> Quicktime X -> export to iPad : Not working

- Part from a DVD rip by handbrake -> Quicktime X -> export to iPad : Not working

- Part from a DVD rip by handbrake -> Quicktime 7 -> export with different settings -> Quicktime X -> export to iPad : Not working

- New video in iMovie -> export to mobile -> Quicktime X -> export to iDevice: Not working

- New video in iMovie -> export to iTunes -> Quicktime X -> export to iDevice: Not working

- New video from within Quicktime X  -> export to iDevice: Not working

 

What the **** am I doing wrong here? Am I missing something? Is it simple too easy for me to see?

 

In general, Quicktime X poops out the following:

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These are settings from a newly created video with my iSight camera. Nothing fancy...

 

Anyone have an idea on how to proceed?

 

/edit: to add: I normally have Perian running, but for the sake of testing disabled it. The non-youtube tests are done without it...

iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.3)
  • lucian.horrobin Calculating status...
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    Mar 25, 2012 12:58 AM (in response to David Markus)

    David,I am having a similar problem, which were the extra codecs. thanks.

  • Xavierpl Calculating status...
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    Mar 27, 2012 10:23 AM (in response to David Markus)

    6 hours knocking my head against my wall, and at least I found your tip !!!!

     

    Thank you so much David !

  • Dan-o ™ Calculating status...
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    Apr 9, 2012 3:12 PM (in response to lucian.horrobin)

    Yes I'm curious to know which components you removed also. How did you know what the right cut-off date was? Shouldn't Apple's system updates replace anything that's old which handles H.264 stuff anyway?

     

    This whole "render a video then convert it in QT" is generally an inefficient process. Not sure why Apple doesn't accept straight .mov files encoded in H.264 but for now anything to help avoid roadblocks is appreciated.

  • Christoph.stork Calculating status...
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    Apr 28, 2012 3:27 PM (in response to David Markus)

    I have a similar problem and followed this advice of this thread. I only have Apple and QT components in my library folder and all from 2011. Still no success with importing m.4v files into IBA.

    Any ideas anyone?

  • Christoph.stork Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Apr 28, 2012 3:50 PM (in response to Christoph.stork)

    I found 2 libraries, root folder and within system, and emptied both quicktime folders. now it works. Thanks!

  • MichiHenning Level 4 Level 4 (1,350 points)
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    Apr 28, 2012 3:54 PM (in response to Christoph.stork)

    Cool! Can you recall the names of the libraries? That might be useful here for posterity.

     

    Michi.

  • Christoph.stork Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Apr 29, 2012 12:18 AM (in response to MichiHenning)

    I also removed everything non apple or quicktime and moved them into a back up folder. This way I can put them back, one by one as I need them.

    The removed component included perian,  flip4mac, canon, livetype, FCP uncompressed, IMXcodec, EyeTV, DVCHDpro, x264, mp4v, divx, Xvid, msmpeg.

  • matthewfrommason Calculating status...
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    Apr 29, 2012 8:54 AM (in response to David Markus)

    Click wights, click video and then drag your video to the placholder.

     

    Message was edited by: matthewfrommason

  • owentales.com Calculating status...
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    Sep 11, 2012 9:45 AM (in response to David Markus)

    David,

    I know you've already solved your problem, but just in case you need to add in some of those components back for some reason....

     

    I had a similar issue, but once I used Apple's "Compressor" app it solved all my problems.  It did require paying for "Compressor" but it was worth it, as I needed to keep some of the other components for other work. 

     

    And by using "Compressor" I was sure all my files were as tiny as possible.  "Compressed" to the maximum so to speak. 

     

    Our book had tons of video: it's an American Sign Language (video on every page) and English (audio and text on every page).  So making sure our files were as small as possible was important. 

     

    Thanks for sharing your solution.

     

    If anyone is curious, here is our American Sign Language & English book, using Compressor, here it is:

     

    http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/strollin-little-baby-owen/id550867985?ls=1

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