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Footage will not import to iMovie

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Jun 21, 2013 4:03 PM



I have iMovie and I just purchased some stock footage online.


The footage will not import into iMovie. It is in Quicktime format, and I tried to save it in ".mov" format, but it will not import that way either.


I called the stock footage company and they said their footage works with iMovie, and to ask Mac for help.


Any suggestions?



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  • AppleMan1958 Level 7 Level 7 (27,335 points)
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    Jun 21, 2013 4:32 PM (in response to Bernardone)

    If you have the stock footage as it came from the company, see if it will open in QuickTime Player.  (You can right-click on the file, and select OPEN WITH,,,/QuickTime Player.


    In QuickTime Player, play the movie and make sure all is well. Then click Command-I to open the QuickTime Inspector. Tell us the dimensions of the clip and everything that is listed nest to the word FORMAT. (You can post a screenshot of the QuickTime Inspector window if you prefer.


    Then we can advise you further.

  • AppleMan1958 Level 7 Level 7 (27,335 points)
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    Jun 21, 2013 5:47 PM (in response to Bernardone)

    iMovie will not import any QuickTime file. It will only import files it can edit. MPEG1 is not a codec that iMovie can edit, so it will not import.


    Fortunately, there is a free App called MPEG Streamclip which will easily convert your clip to a format that iMovie can use.


    First download and install MPEG Streamclip. It is available here.


    Now, drag your clip into MPEG Streamclip. Hit the play button to make sure it plays.

    In MPEG Streamclip use FILE/EXPORT TO QUICKTIME...

    For Compression, choose Apple Intermediate Codec.

    Then click MAKE MOVIE


    You may want to deinterlace the footage of the resulting file does not look good. This can also be done in MPEG Streamclip. Let me know if you need help with that.


    In iMovie, you can import the resulting file by using FILE/IMPORT MOVIE.


    The MPEG Streamclip process should create a new file. Your original MPEG1 file should still be intact. Just be sure that you do not give them both the same name.

  • AppleMan1958 Level 7 Level 7 (27,335 points)
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    Jun 21, 2013 6:13 PM (in response to Bernardone)

    In MPEG Streamclip, try a custom size of 478x270.


    That should make it widescreen.

    478x270 is somewhat less than standard definition. When you share your movie, try MEDIUM size. Choose 16:9 for the aspect ratio of your project in project properties.


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