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.
Thank you so much.
It opens automatically in QuickTime when I click on the icon (I put it on my desktop).
It is playing well, and I checked the QuickTime Inspector like you said.
Next to Format it says: MPEG1 Muxed
Data Size: 1.6 mb
Data Rate: 474.39 kbit/s
Current Size: 478 x 270 pixels
I do not have QuickTime Pro.
Is there anything I can do to import this into iMovie? I was told something about a codac?
Thank you again for your help.
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.
Thank you again. That helped, but the only problem is that it is no longer wide screen but is the old fashioned TV screen size... and I need the wide screen. (It is wide screen in the original.)
It did loose a little of the quality too.
Is there any way to fix that? The biggest concern is to bring it back to wide screen - if I can up the quality too that would be a plus.
Thank you so much for your help.