Currently Being ModeratedNov 19, 2012 1:18 PM (in response to Ronniebel)
You are referring to the iMovie HD 6? And which version of FCP?
I've not done it this way; instead, I've done it the other way round: created/edit clips in Final Cut Express and then moved them over to iMovie HD. Since they create different file formats, the only way I've found is to export as a Quicktime movie by going to File menu > Share > Quicktime > Expert Settings > next windos, click on Options > set yours to your liking; here is a screenshot of the ones I use:
I then drag/import the resulting file in either FCE, iMovie HD, or the new iMovie.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 20, 2012 4:58 PM (in response to Ronniebel)
Just did this with material supplied by a client and it worked brilliantly, in the pulldown menu File/Import/iMovie Project & iMovie event. I had to open the iMovie event/projects in iMovie first for my system to recognise them, quit out of iMovie and then into the FCPX import process.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 20, 2012 6:53 PM (in response to Tony Gay)
Not clear on this. This is an iMovie HD project. Are you saying to open the iMovie HD project first. Then open Final Cut Pro and do Import? Do I try to import the iMovie HD project file into Final Cut Pro? I tried that and it doesn't recognize it.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 20, 2012 7:04 PM (in response to Ronniebel)
If you have been working on the iMovie event& project on your mac it is not an issue, in my case the client had done a pre-edit on their mac in iMovie, it worked a treat.
The manual steps through how to import the project to FCPX
Import from iMovie
You can import any of your existing iMovie projects and your iMovie Event Library into Final Cut Pro.
Note: If you want to import an iMovie trailer project, you first need to convert it to a standard iMovie project. For more information, choose Help in iMovie ‘11 and search for “Convert a trailer to a project.”
Important: iMovie projects and clips from the iMovie Event Library are not automatically analyzed during import because they retain their original analysis results from iMovie. You can override iMovie analysis by analyzing your clips in Final Cut Pro after import. For more information, see Analyze your media.
- In Final Cut Pro, choose File > Import > iMovie Project and locate your existing iMovie project, typically found in the Movies folder on your hard disk.
- Click Import.
- In Final Cut Pro, choose File > Import > iMovie Event Library.
- Read the message that appears and click OK.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 20, 2012 7:45 PM (in response to Tony Gay)
I may be wrong, but I do not believe this works with the old iMovie HD 6 (which is from around 2006). A recent version of FCP may recognize a newer iMovie version, but I don't believe it'll import from the old iMovie HD. The article you linked to in fact mentions iMovie 11. Here is an excerpt from the iMovie HD 6 Manual (page 32):
I prefer to work with iMovie HD 6 and, most likely because it does have certain limitations, I have to export it as a Quicktime movie which can then be imported into most apps.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 20, 2012 7:46 PM (in response to Tony Gay)
iMovie HD is iMovie 6, which is substantially different from iMovie 11.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 20, 2012 7:50 PM (in response to Ronniebel)
If you cannot find a solution here, I would suggest you repost your question in the iMovie forum - you'd find very knowledgeable people there who actually still use the old iMovie version. If you'd like, I'll ask the hosts to move the thread over?
Take a look at the post by Ian here in this thread:
Currently Being ModeratedNov 20, 2012 8:25 PM (in response to Meg The Dog)
Okay. It looks like this is not possible. I'll import the project as a .mov file which is okay. I'll use the blade tool a lot in FCP to chop it where I need it chopped.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 20, 2012 8:30 PM (in response to Ronniebel)
As long as you use the best export settings available, you should be happy with the quality since iMovie 6 does do lossless encoding/rendering/exporting.
If you do want to have this thread moved, let me know. Otherwise, good luck with your project!
Currently Being ModeratedNov 20, 2012 9:01 PM (in response to Ronniebel)
One option to consider is to do this in two steps. First import your iMovie 6 project into iMovie 11. Then import the iMovie 11 project into FCPX. This will not lose any quality from your DV files.
When you import iMovie 6 into iMovie 11, you will get all your clips in an iMovie 11 event. The clips that you edited into the timeline will go in an iMovie 11 project. All transitions will be replaced with simple cross dissolves. Titles, music, and photos will not transfer over. But within these limitations, it will do the job, losslessly.
When you import the iMovie 11 project into FCPX, you will have all the Event clips and the edited Project clips.