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How do I import/convert video via flashdrive to iMovie on my iMac?

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Nov 11, 2012 10:47 AM

I want to learn to edit the digital video files of some classes I am teaching.  I assume that iMovie is the place to do that, but I can't seem to get the material onto it.  After the editing, I'd like to be able to post portions of it online via YouTube or some such site.  I have an iMac version 10.6.8, Snow Leopard


So far I have not been able to even see the files.  When I inserted the flashdrive containing the digital video files into my iMac, it said there was no app for opening them.  I searched the apps, and thought about trying the app "iVI", but didn't want to spend the $9.99 if I didn't need to. Today I downloaded the free app, "Any Video Converter".  It converted a portion of the material, saying something about it not being able to "parse" portions of it (whatever that means). When I looked at the little bit that was converted, the visuals were jerky.  Perhaps it was becuase I didn't know which "profile" format to choose, and they didn't offer iMovie on an iMac; the offers were for portable devices.  Do I need to download another app, and if so, which of the many would be good for my purposes?


The other question I have is how to get the same information onto my MacBook, which is version 10.5.1 of Mac OSX, Leopard.


I'm so frustrated!  I'm a beginner at this, and it just hasn't been the easy drag and drop I thought it would be!

iMac (24-inch Early 2008), Mac OS X (10.6.8), Snow Leopard; with iLfe
  • Frank Caggiano Level 7 Level 7 (22,795 points)

    First we would need to know the format of the video. What is the file extension of the video files? How were they created, where did they come from?


    Once you tell us that we might be able to help.




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