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Editing .mov files

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Jerry Dammers Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Sep 16, 2012 8:51 AM

I've transferred lots of VHS 3 hour tapes to .mov files on my MacBook Pro.

 

I have some relatively simple editing requirements - largely cutting the files into parts (eg cut end and finish).

 

To get the file into iMovie takes over half an hour and then, after editing, it takes at least half an hour to get a finished version for iTunes.

 

Is there any way to avoid this lengthy process?

 

Thanks

 

(I previously used Windows Movie Maker and found that relatively easy - you could instantly access the mobile file, edit, and it would be ready to view straight away).

  • Brad Wright2 Level 3 Level 3 (700 points)
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    Sep 16, 2012 9:21 AM (in response to Jerry Dammers)

    You can try to turn off the thumbnail generation or see if you can get your hands on iMovie 6 which is a lot better program for interlaced video such as MiniDV and VHS tapes.  Final Cut Pro X will also handle interlaced video and it's a lot faster for importing video.

  • QuickTimeKirk Level 8 Level 8 (47,375 points)
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    Sep 16, 2012 9:57 AM (in response to Jerry Dammers)

    QuickTime Player Pro can do the job with no re-encoding in just seconds.

  • QuickTimeKirk Level 8 Level 8 (47,375 points)
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    Sep 16, 2012 11:45 AM (in response to Jerry Dammers)

    Yes.

    The MPEG-2 Playback Component is a "viewing' component and not related to QuickTime Pro.

    QuickTime Player Pro (and sometimes iTunes) can convert your files for viewing on other devices.

  • Cliveems Calculating status...
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    Jan 19, 2013 7:42 AM (in response to Jerry Dammers)

    Very basic video editing can be done in iMovie as part of the "Slideshow" rendering: trimming, adding transitions, ken burns effect and other effects, adding audio.

     

    With iMovie you will get more versatile editing at an amateur level, for the "full program" you will need Final Cut or similar.

     

    In that case, you could use a third party import tool called Video Editor for Mac.

     

    http://www.flash-video-soft.com/video-editor-mac

     

    They have a free trial.

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