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Split up of events into clips, imported from VHS cassettes

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peter.whiteknight Calculating status...
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I have been trying to split up events which I imported from different video cassettes, they import in one big clip into one event, but the thing is I need to split up this event into several independant events, I dont seem to be able to find a solution,

Bye for now, Peter

iMovie '11, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • Bengt Wärleby Level 6 Level 6 (18,920 points)



    In iMovie'08 - not possibly at all


    iMovie'09 to 11 - don't think so (if remember right)


    As a fact I know of no way to Import in set minutes segments.


    as there are no meta-data as time and date sent over via Analog ---> A/D-converter ---> FireWire ---> to Mac


    is there no info that can be used to cut up material in individual sequences - What ever program is used.


    May be FinalCut (in any version) have a time set Import - still this will cut into sequence - any program that can interpret the picture and find out where to cut is beyond me.


    Sorry - as I see it - You got a big and tedious job to do this manually.


    Yours Bengt W

  • AppleMan1958 Level 7 Level 7 (27,335 points)

    I would suggest getting a free app called MPEG Streamclip from Squared 5.


    In your current event, right click on the long clip you want to split and choose Show in Finder.

    Drag this Finder Clip into MPEG Streamclip.



    In MPEG Streamclip, you can create shorter clips rather than one long clip if you want. Do this by moving the playhead to the start of your clip, and pressing i (for In Point). Then move the playhead to the end of your clip, and press o (for Out Point). Then export using quicktime, choosing Apple Intermediate Codec as the video codec. DV will also work as your export codec.


    Repeat this until you have all the clips you need.


    When finished, in iMovie use File/Import Movie to import these clips into a new event.


    There is a way to do this in iMovie without using MPEG Streamclip. I do not recommend this method because it takes a long time, it can crash in e middle, and it involves destroying a few frames of your video..

  • thesurreyfriends Level 2 Level 2 (260 points)

    I am assuming that once you have split up your Event you will create a Project for each of them in order to do your editing  etc.


    What you could do is create several Projects from the one Event, thereby achieving, hopefully, the same thing.


    Try this.


    From your Event create new Project ie File -- New Project.You could call this Project 1.

    At top of screen select iMovie then down to Preferences.Select the Browser tab and click on "Clicking in Events Browser selects entire clip " Close the Imovie Preferences.


    Click on your big clip in your Event and a yellow box will surround this whole clip .You should see that the left and right sides of this yellow box have what look like small loops or handles. Click and hold down on the handles and move the sides (left or right ) to the position where you want to start and finish a particular section.You can view these positions on your screen as you move left or right, let go of mouse when in wanted position.


    You might want to expand your clip using the slider at bottom right of the Event before doing this to give you more visibility and control.


    When you have positioned the left and right handles to your liking, ( covering say the first 20 minutes of your Event ) click in the yellow box, hold down and drag to your project.


    Now create a new project---  Project 2  and repeat the above for the next section of your Event, and so on untill you have covered your entire Event.


    If you wanted to break up your Event into say 5 sections, you have 1Event but 5 Projects.( Instead of 5 Events and 5 Projects)


    Each Project can be edited as you wish.


    Moving the handles left and right takes a bit of getting used to at first but you will get the hang of it quite quickly.


    Hope this achieves what you were trying to get to.

  • Stu593 Calculating status...

    To split an event, review the video by skimming and playing within iMovie. When you find a clip that you want to split from the other events, select it , then choose File / Split Event Before Selected Clip. iMovie places your selected clip (and all later ones) into a new Event.


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