Currently Being ModeratedSep 16, 2012 9:21 AM (in response to Jerry Dammers)
You can try to turn off the thumbnail generation or see if you can get your hands on iMovie 6 which is a lot better program for interlaced video such as MiniDV and VHS tapes. Final Cut Pro X will also handle interlaced video and it's a lot faster for importing video.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 16, 2012 11:38 AM (in response to QuickTimeKirk)
I previously bought something called:
QuickTime MPEG-2 Playback Component for Mac OS X
Do I need to buy QTP Pro on top of that?
Also, if I then later want to watch in iTunes, or share between my iOS devices, can I still do that if the file has not been through iMovie?
Currently Being ModeratedJan 19, 2013 7:42 AM (in response to Jerry Dammers)
Very basic video editing can be done in iMovie as part of the "Slideshow" rendering: trimming, adding transitions, ken burns effect and other effects, adding audio.
With iMovie you will get more versatile editing at an amateur level, for the "full program" you will need Final Cut or similar.
In that case, you could use a third party import tool called Video Editor for Mac.
They have a free trial.