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how do I get my iphoto videos into imovie

673 Views 5 Replies Latest reply: May 11, 2013 5:44 PM by Starbuck5 RSS
bobbiefromlombard Calculating status...
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how do I get my iphoto video into imovie

MacBook Air, Mac OS X (10.7.3), I h
  • AppleMan1958 Level 7 Level 7 (27,335 points)

    Look in the Event Browser for an Event called iPhoto Videos. You clips should be in there.

  • CColica Calculating status...

    Good Morning,


    Did you ever find out how to import your videos from IPhoto to IMovie.  I am having the same problem.


    Thank you.

  • Dtinen Level 1 Level 1 (75 points)
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    Nov 20, 2012 9:39 AM (in response to CColica)

    Your video may not be in a compatible format with iMovie.  Shoot some footage in several different formats (selected on your camera), and see what shows up.  If your camera has a format called "iFrame", that is the easiest to deal with. 


    Alternatively, when you leave iMovie alone for a while, it may come up with a notice window saying something like, "iMovie needs to create thumbnails for your iPhoto video library, this may take some time".  If you select "Not now", they may not be available in your event library until you select "OK".  I haven't found a way to get this window to show up on demand.   


    I've had problems with videos coming from iPhoto, anyway.  You're better off connecting your camera to iMovie and importing your clips directly to the Event Library. 

  • Starbuck5 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    May 11, 2013 5:44 PM (in response to bobbiefromlombard)

    1- on iphoto menu bar click FILE >> EXPORT and export it in ORIGINAL version to NEW EVENTS folder in MOVIES >> IMOVIE EVENTS >> NEW EVENTS


    2- try to open the video you want with quicktime player.





    - on imovie menu bar click FILE >> IMPORT and then import your movie. iMovie should convert it to a usable format which takes a few seconds and the your video will appear on the new event folder on the imovie screen (below "iphoto videos")




    - download "MPEG streamclip" or "Handbrake" or any program to convert videos into mov. (i think that's the format quicktime player plays). Anyway, if you use MPEG STREAMCLIP, on the menu bar go FILE >> OPEN FILES >> open the file you want (remember it should be in the "new events" folder because you just put it there in step 1). The video will open on the screen.

    - still on MPEG streamclip, go on the menu bar and click FILE >> EXPORT TO QUICKTIME. This will convert the video automatically.

    - go back to imovie. On the menu bar click FILE >> IMPORT >> MOVIES and select your video from the new event folder.



    This is what worked for me... I am no expert, it was all trial and error, but it worked in the end!


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