6 Replies Latest reply: Jun 21, 2013 7:20 PM by Bernardone
Bernardone Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Hi,

 

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?

 

Thanks!


iMovie (iOS)
  • 1. Re: Footage will not import to iMovie
    AppleMan1958 Level 7 Level 7 (27,340 points)

    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.

  • 2. Re: Footage will not import to iMovie
    Bernardone Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi,

     

    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

     

    FPS: 29.97

     

    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.

  • 3. Re: Footage will not import to iMovie
    AppleMan1958 Level 7 Level 7 (27,340 points)

    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.

    http://www.squared5.com/svideo/mpeg-streamclip-mac.html

     

    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.

  • 4. Re: Footage will not import to iMovie
    Bernardone Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi,

     

    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.

  • 5. Re: Footage will not import to iMovie
    AppleMan1958 Level 7 Level 7 (27,340 points)

    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.

  • 6. Re: Footage will not import to iMovie
    Bernardone Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you again! That has helped me so much. I appreciate it a lot! Thanks!