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Anybody still using iMovie6 HD ?

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Harold Coates Level 4 Level 4 (1,390 points)
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May 19, 2013 1:25 PM

I can't help but wonder how many of us are still using iMovie6 HD at this point.  I have everything in this program that I think I will ever need.  It is very reliable, full of features and very easy to work with.


I wish Apple would bring it back as an intermediate program and charge for it.  As I stated in 2010  I will not be able to upgrade my system until they do.  I am hooked on ver.6. and use it multiple times daily.

I tried ver. 8 when it came out but did not care for it.



iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.8), quadcore 2.7ghz 16GB and 17" MB Pro
  • Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8 (43,410 points)
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    May 19, 2013 3:31 PM (in response to Harold Coates)

    I agree completely with your first paragraph!


    I also have iMovie 8 but found it completely incomprehensible and have never completed a project with it.


    But by all means update your system: iMovie 6 is known to work with all versions of OS X including Mountain Lion.

  • Karsten Schlüter Level 7 Level 7 (29,465 points)
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    May 19, 2013 10:27 PM (in response to Harold Coates)

    when iM08 came out, I was one of the loudest nay-sayers - the change in interface/usage was too radical, many features I need were lost.


    meanwhile ..... :

    • iMHD6 doesn't support my AVCHD cams

    • iM11 offers all, a hobbyist needs - have a look! It is easy to use, blazing fast

    • I made the leap to FCPX + Motion5 ......



    imho, iM-a had two fundamental features, iM-b lacks:

    • native DV editing - if you're still using SDef miniDV, v6 is uncompared

    • iM11 doesn't support plugins - Apple misses a fortune, imagine 3rd party Theme-packs (sports, wedding, funeral, baby shower…), or background-packs, or map-packs, or .....



    not using iM for real life projects for about 2y, not using iMHD6 for .... 4y? .....


    .... as you, I'm wondering, why the old workhorses iM-a or iDVD are not offered 'as is'. unsupported, on your own risk .....? probably, a §§§-issue!

  • Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8 (43,410 points)
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    May 20, 2013 2:19 AM (in response to Karsten Schlüter)

    Karsten, not everyone wants to spend the extra money on FCPX or those AVCHD cameras!

  • John Cogdell Level 5 Level 5 (4,595 points)
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    May 20, 2013 2:38 AM (in response to Klaus1)

    Klaus1 wrote:


    Karsten, not everyone wants to spend the extra money on FCPX or those AVCHD cameras!


    I did Klaus, and haven't regretted it. But I'm a sucker for new technology!


    However, I have to agree that iMovie HD 6 was (still is) an excellent program. Easy to work with, very stable and fairly bug free. The thing I miss the most is my Gee Three Slick plug-ins (of which I have all 10 volumes).


    But I really enjoy working in iMovie '11 now (vastly superior to the original new interface of iMovie '08), and more recently with Final Cut Pro X. I mainly use iMovie HD 6 now for working with earlier miniDV footage and revisiting old projects.



    MacBook Pro (15-inch Late 2008), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.3), Sony HDR-SR7 & DCR-TRV20E
  • John Cogdell Level 5 Level 5 (4,595 points)
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    Jun 6, 2013 12:53 AM (in response to Harold Coates)

    Hi Harold,


    If you still have iMovie '08 (or any later version up to iMovie '11), and you had an AVCHD camera, you could import the clips to an iMovie Event. On import, the clips will be converted to Apple Intermediate Codec (AIC).


    Now in iMovie HD 6, you can import the AIC clips and they will be converted to the format you select for the project. As you would be aware, when starting a new project you can choose from the formats shown in the following screenshot:


    iMovie HD 6 Import.png


    The DV Widescreen format works very well. AIC clips are imported and converted to DV quite seamlessly and play smoothly. Also, a deinterlaced H.264 file imported perfectly (the deinterlacing was done in MPEG Streamclip). Both interlaced and progressive clips work fine. Of course, all imported material is converted on the fly to DV format (widescreen) - this occurs fairly quickly. Most clips I tested were high definition widescreen (some were 960 x 540). I haven't tested the other formats shown in the screenshot.


    The only issue I had was with a clip that had a resolution of 1440 x 1080 (from my Sony HDR-SR7E). Normally (in iMovie '11 and Quicktime X)  that clip plays back in widescreen 16:9 format (it uses rectangular pixels, not square - hence the apparent 4:3 dimensions). However, when imported to a DV Widescreen project in iMovie HD 6, that clip displays as 4:3. But, clips recorded as 1920 x 1080 should display correctly as widescreen. I think most of the modern AVCHD cameras record as Full HD 1920 x 1080, but mine is an older model that uses rectangular pixels (1440 x 1080) to produce widescreen images (? anamorphic).


    So, it is possible to use AVCHD clips in iMovie HD 6, but not directly. The clips have to be imported by other means first, such as by using a later version of iMovie. Another way is to use a conversion program, such as VoltaicHD - available on the App Store or from the developer (Shedworx) here:



    I tested VoltaicHD some years ago and the conversion process was quite lengthy. In the developer's FAQ section it's mentioned that the conversion time is about 12 times the duration of the clips! But that's an old entry - the current version may be much quicker. You can download a free demo version, which does include some test clips, but it limits the clip length to 10 seconds (unless that's also been changed).


    You may already be aware of all this, but thought it was worth mentioning. Note that on Snow Leopard (10.6.8), iMovie '11 can't be updated beyond version 9.0.4 (the latest is 9.0.9).




    PS I've been working on and off this post for half the afternoon (lots of interruptions), so hopefully I'm not repeating anything others may have posted in the interim!

    MacBook Pro (15-inch Late 2008), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.4), Sony HDR-SR7 & DCR-TRV20E
  • catspaw Level 5 Level 5 (4,340 points)
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    Jun 11, 2013 10:57 PM (in response to Harold Coates)

    Hi Harold - I continue to use iMovie HD6 for nearly all of my videos, despite having 11, and FCPro, simply for its ease of use, and because I know it inside out!  My Sony DSLR produces AVCHD footage but I have no problem converting it.  It opens in the VLC app (free I think), and is easily and quickly converted in my iSkysoft Video Converter app.

    Hey, and when you visit Australia, quickly cross the Tasman Sea (3 hour flight) and check out New Zealand - you sure won't regret it!

  • MlchaelLAX Level 4 Level 4 (1,550 points)
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    Jun 23, 2013 7:55 AM (in response to Harold Coates)

    Harold Coates wrote:


    It would be nice if Apple would bring back ... Rosetta so we all could also continue to use AppleWorks.


    Just my wish,


    Your wish is my command!


    Appleworks running in Snow Leopard Server installed into Parallels 8 for use in Lion, Mt. Lion and probably Mavericks:


    Appleworks in SLS.png

                             [click on image to enlarge]

  • Ziatron Level 4 Level 4 (3,255 points)
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    Jun 23, 2013 9:19 AM (in response to Harold Coates)

    iMovie 06 remains very popular.


    I also have all versions of iMovie after iMovie 06. I rarely use them.


    I like iMovie 11 to share simple videos on the Internet. But for DVD's many find iMovie 06 far superior. I also like the 'Final Cut' like Timeline of iMovie 06.


    iMovie 06 and iDVD 09 / 11 is 100% "lossless" combination and my DVD's look like they came from Hollywood!


    I use NO other software, with NO other steps or procedures. iMovie 06 has never crashed or done anything unexpected, and it works flawlessly with iDVD 09 / 11 and the newest Mac OS.


    Because of my (initial) disappointment with iMovie 08, I tried movie editing programs that run on Windows as well as Final Cut Express on the Mac. In all of this I have learned that iMovie 06 is similar to the other editing programs I've tried. Whereas iMovie 08-11 seems completely different from everything else.


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