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Import from Camera once again?

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Feb 8, 2014 12:20 PM

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 4 Level 4 (1,530 points)
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    Feb 8, 2014 1:26 PM (in response to s-riis)

    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).

     

    Geoff.

  • GeeD Level 4 Level 4 (1,530 points)
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    Feb 10, 2014 2:05 PM (in response to s-riis)

    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:

     

    avchd_camera_directory_structure.jpg

    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.

     

    Geoff.

  • GeeD Level 4 Level 4 (1,530 points)
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    Feb 11, 2014 3:05 PM (in response to s-riis)

    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.

     

    Geoff.

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