MOV is a container, not a codec. iMovie will only import codecs that it can edit.
Open your MOV file in QuickTime PLayer and click Command-I to open the Inspector. Tell us the dimensions of your clips and everything listed next to the word FORMAT:
Also, iMovie 08 cannot import MOV files with chapter tracks, closed captioning tracks, or Tween tracks.
Hi Appleman - thanks for your guidance.
OK RealTime Inspector: Dimensions of my clips - as I don't know which bit this is I will list everything under Inspector, including Format:
Format:MPEG-4 Video, 1280 x 720 millions
AAC, 2channels, 44100Hz
Data Rate 10.20 Mbits/s
Current size 1280 x 720 pixels (Actual)
And re the types of tracks you mention that iMovie '08 can't import, I don't much about film clips so haven't yet made sense of this, tho I do see that the clips are organised into chapters, so presumably this is 'chapter tracks'?
Thanks - I'll await your further instructions :-)
OK Those specs look alright, but I haven't used 7.1.4 in several years.
I would try this.
Get a free app called MPEG Streamclip, from Squared 5.
Drag your clip into MPEG Streamclip and make sure it will play.
Now, use FILE/EXPORT USING QUICKTIME.
For Compression, choose Apple Intermediate Codec.
See if the resulting file will import into iMovie.
OK, thanks for this ......I downloaded MPEG Streamclip OK and I opened my clip using it, and it played OK (yay!)
As to the next bit, I opened my Quicktime programme, and looked under File, but there is no 'Export' (nor under any of the other headings).
So I am stumped here. Maybe you meant something else by 'use FILE/EXPORT USING QUICKTIME.' ?