5 Replies Latest reply: Feb 11, 2014 3:05 PM by GeeD
s-riis Level 1 (0 points)

My Imovie crashed during a video import from my Canon HFM52. The video is still on the camera but when i try to re open the Import session in Imovie i can not

see the video on the camera in Imovie. Is there a way to tell Imovie it has to re import even though Imovie thing it has already downloaded all content on my camera?


Bonus info, i can see the video content when i open the import session in Iphoto so it is a problem in Imovie

Mac mini, OS X Mavericks (10.9.1)
  • GeeD Level 5 (5,665 points)

    Not exactly an answer but one thing you could try is to download the video from your camera onto your hard disk with the Finder then either import or drag and drop clips into iMovie.  (Actually I always do it this way).



  • s-riis Level 1 (0 points)

    I have never try to import video to Imovie with finder. Can you please tell how to do this in the right way. Se a screen short of the content of my camcorder below. The libery CVinfo, DCIM, My_music and My_pict do no have any movie file stored. But as you can see there is a file called AVCHD at 7,92 GB if i try to open this file with Finder

    i can see that all my video clip is stored in this specific file. Can i just drag this file to Imovie and then be sure Imovie can see alle the video clip after i have dropped the file in the Imovie libery or is there another way to import with the program Finder?


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  • GeeD Level 5 (5,665 points)

    You could try copying the AVCHD package onto your hard disk then importing this into iMovie from there (after disconnecting your camera). 


    If you are using iMovie 10 (not 9) and this still gives prolems you can drag and drop your video clips (.mts or .m2ts files from the folder called "STREAM" in the AVCHD package direct to your iMovue timeline or to an event.  This the package structure:



    Don't change anything in this package.


    If you are using iMovie 9 you will need to convert the video clips before they can be accepted by iMovie.



  • s-riis Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you so much for helping me, hope you have time for 1 more thing. When i try to import the package to Imovie it still do not work but i can drag the MTS file as you descibe above and import the file in that way. I also succeded importing the video via Iphoto and then moved it to Imovie (not sure if that will give the same result in quality?) What i will like to know what will be the best way to import video in the future? I can see Imovie save the file in 2 different way. If i use the drag and drop it will stay in .MTS (i do not know much about video file format) but if i import to Imovie via the Import button my file is saved in .mov. how is you movie saved in Imovie and will one version be more difficult to work with when i start making video projekt?


    copy of file structure if i use auto import function in Imovie

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    Copy of file structure if i use the drag and drop as you talk about

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  • GeeD Level 5 (5,665 points)

    It shouldn't make ant difference to quality how you import your clips.  iMovie converts them to another less compressed format (Prores) for editing.  I don't really know why the direct import from the camera did not work.  I personally always copy the .mts files from the camera into my own folders on the hard disk labelled by date (containing the stills as well) then drag them into the iMovie (or FCP)  timeline as I need them - it just seems simpler but its a personal preference.