I am totally confused. IMDB is a website that is a database of movies and actors. I don't know how you would import it through USB and use it in an iMovie. Is there a different IMDB that I am not aware of?
HDMI cannot be easily imported. It has copy protection built in.
There are boxes you can buy from Black Magic and others that can take HDMI input. These work only for content that you have created yourself, such as the HDMI port from a camcorder. (But there are much easier ways of importing from a camcorder.)
Thanks, guess there isn't a software product then.
We are creating charity promotion video's. Currently the people shooting them are then taking whatever their camera stores it on, then burn a DVD that I take in, along with other DVD's, and put together for the presentation. They were open to cutting out the extra step if they could just hook the HDMI port from their camera directly into the USB port of my MBP. I've noticed that there are HDMI-USB cables on the market, and figured someone probably has the software to take the video in from the USB port and create an mp4, H264, or TS_VIDEO files out of it. Guessing things aren't quite there yet.
When they make a DVD and you use that, you are leaving most of the quality on the table. You would be better off if they would give you their raw clips.
1) If the camera stores to an SDHC card, you can quickly create a Disk Image of the card through Disk Utiltity and import from that.
2) If the camera shoots DV tape, you need a Firewire port and a Firewire cable, but you get full quality.
3) It the camera saves to a hard disk, you need a USB cable and to be directly attached, but most will import into iMovie. You could also make a disk image if you were in a hurry.
4) If the camera stores to a DVD, sometimes those can be stored to a disk image just like SDHC cards, but if they have been converted to a playable DVD, you just import like from any DVD ( and pretty bad quality).
If you need any details let me know.