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URGENT iMovie not importing video

9805 Views 8 Replies Latest reply: Sep 8, 2013 2:11 AM by Norrista RSS
Norrista Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Apr 6, 2013 12:49 AM

Hi there,


I have a really urgent iMovie project I need to have completed by Monday, however I am having extreme difficulty importing my last video file for some reason. I am uploading footage from a SONY HD HANDYCAM (it says HDR-SR11) and I am using iMovie '09. Very confused as have always been able to upload footage from the camcorder - in fact did it yesterday with no troubles - but when I go to import this one clip (12mins), it goes through the process of 'importing', however no actual footage/ thumbnails is uploaded on the iMovie screen. I have selected to view 'All Clips' so that is not a problem. I have also deleted all events/projects and tried again but that one video still will not import.


When I go into Finder I can see the clips there except they cannot be opened although they are from the exact same camera as the rest. I have also tried on another Mac computer but with the same result. I cannot import to iPhoto, nor does it let me export using the free version of MPEG-2 converter.


I am using the camera to computer USB cable by the way.


I really, really appreciate any help or advice in advance, and apologise if this is a trivial problem but can't seem to find any answers in the hours I have spent on it, nor online.





  • Bengt Wärleby Level 6 Level 6 (18,920 points)
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    Apr 6, 2013 1:06 AM (in response to Norrista)



    To me - very hard to guess


    a few thoughts though.


    • Free Space on the Start-Up Hard Disk. How Much ?


    • Did You try to trash the iMovie pref. and cache files - Do that - OR easier to see if this is the problem is to


    - Create a new User Account - Apple Menu and down to System pref. / Accounts - Plus Sign

    - Log out - Apple Menu down to bottom

    - Log into new account


    Now try iMovie Import from Camera - Does it work now ? then problems are in pref and cache files.


    Yours Bengt W

  • Karsten Schlüter Level 7 Level 7 (29,465 points)
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    Apr 6, 2013 1:28 AM (in response to Norrista)

    Norrista wrote:

    … HDR-SR11…

    your device supports two recording standards …


    best to my knowledge, the SDef format is not supported by iM.

  • Bengt Wärleby Level 6 Level 6 (18,920 points)
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    Apr 6, 2013 6:12 AM (in response to Norrista)

    it says there are 7.94 GB free


    That makes me nervous as I try to never go less than 25GB (for interlaced SD-Quality - HD needs lot's more - say at least 4-5 times more to run OK)


    else - It's a situation un-familiar to me as I only use old miniDV tapes (interlaced SD-Quality)


    If You recorded in p50 or p60 - I think You can stop as iMovie can not use this - You need FinalCut Pro-X to use that.


    Yours Bengt W

  • quirinw Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 25, 2013 6:54 PM (in response to Norrista)

    Hi Norrista,


    I have a similar camera to you and have experienced the same problem, where some of my videos will import, however when I try this specific video, after "importing" it will tell me there was an error and it suggests that I Archive All my footage. After hearing that your problem was answered, I tried the same thing, (Prism Video Converter) however when I click "Add File" and select the clip from the device (which is plugged in through the USB), it will not appear on the "List of files to Convert".

    Am I going about this wrong (if so, advice would be appreciated) or is it simply just not working??


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