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import iphoto slideshow ( QT .mov file ) into imovie 8

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scubahawkfish Calculating status...
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Oct 18, 2007 9:33 PM
help !
I have been creating slideshows usung iphoto ( has autosync.function ), then exporting then to desktop, then importing into imovie HD 6, before finally exporting finished production into idvd. This system has worked REALLY well for us. We have just upgraded to ilife 08. We CANT import QT .mov files into imovie 8 to generate a slide movie.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
p.s. we still have imovie HD 6 on our system but would prefer to use new system if it is better.
Cheers,
IMac Intel 20in ( new ), Mac OS X (10.4.10)
  • Jon Walker Level 6 Level 6 (17,520 points)
    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    Believe this is a case of iMovie "QT pre-scan overkill" here. iMovie '08 always "pre-scans" the files before they are imported to ensure the compression formats are "editable." Well, it now appears that this scanning process goes a step further and even checks the file container type. For some reason the MPEG4/AAC slideshow is stored in an MOV file container which is okay with most QT applications. However, it appears some overzealous iMovie '08 programmer may have programmed iMovie '08 to not accept the MPEG4/AAC data when it is in the MOV container. And, since QT applications do not rely on file internals rather than file extensions, merely changing the MOV designation to MP4 will not work here. However, if you have MPEG Streamclip (free) installed, you can simply open your slideshow in MPEG Streamclip and save it in an MP4 file container using the "Save As..." File menu option. When the "Save" widow opens, remember to change the file type from MOV to MP4 before actually saving. This is a very quick operation since no re-compression is performed.



    2.0GHz 3GB G5/533MHz 384MB G4 DeskTop/400MHz 384MB G4 Ti PB, Mac OS X (10.4.10), 60GB 5G iPod, 4GB iPhone, Nikon D-70, Nikon CoolPix 990, Sony HDR-HC3
  • Jon Walker Level 6 Level 6 (17,520 points)
    OOPS!

    The statement "since QT applications do not rely on file internals..." should actually read "since QT applications rely on file internals..."



    2.0GHz 3GB G5/533MHz 384MB G4 DeskTop/400MHz 384MB G4 Ti PB, Mac OS X (10.4.10), 60GB 5G iPod, 4GB iPhone, Nikon D-70, Nikon CoolPix 990, Sony HDR-HC3
  • Karl Petersen Level 6 Level 6 (15,170 points)
    Hmmm. That's strange. Everything seems to work fine here. The "Large" QuickTime movie exported by iPhoto — and the 720x540 movie that iPhoto creates when sharing a slideshow with iDVD — both import normally to iMovie '08.

    I wonder if the problem might be the music added to the iPhoto slideshow. Have you tried without music?

    Or perhaps I missed the point of your question...

    Karl
    Dual-Core Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.4.10), Sony TRV 900, HDTV, Cinema Displays
  • Jon Walker Level 6 Level 6 (17,520 points)
    I wonder if the problem might be the music added to the iPhoto slideshow. Have you tried without music?

    No, did not try exporting without audio but have extracted the video track and saved it as standalone MPEG4 in MOV file container which did then import. Might understand that as being a problem if the Audio were DRM. However, I have no DRM audio files. Instead am using my own MP3 encoded files and QT sample AAC files both of which were exported as MPEG4/AAC. Plus, as stated, when I placed the same data in an MP4 file container, they did import normally. Notice you are using a Core-Duo machine. Am now wondering if all people have problems with iPhoto slideshow exports are restricted to older, G4 and PPC G5 platforms. Have seen at least two other postings mentioning the same problem. Might be nice if users would report here whether or not they have a similar problem and what platform/OS they were using. Have already reported it as a possible bug.



    2.0GHz 3GB G5/533MHz 384MB G4 DeskTop/400MHz 384MB G4 Ti PB, Mac OS X (10.4.10), 60GB 5G iPod, 4GB iPhone, Nikon D-70, Nikon CoolPix 990, Sony HDR-HC3
  • Karl Petersen Level 6 Level 6 (15,170 points)
    Am now wondering if all people have problems with iPhoto slideshow exports are restricted to older, G4 and PPC G5 platforms.


    I note, though, that scubahawkfish is riding a new iMac, which should be outside the G4/G5 corral.

    scubahawkfish, have you tried creating a new user account and testing iMovie after logging in as that user? If there's a QuickTime software conflict when you are the user, logging in as another user might bypass it.

    (Some conflicts, on the other hand, will affect all users.)

    Karl
    Dual-Core Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.4.10), Sony TRV 900, HDTV, Cinema Displays
  • stantastic Calculating status...
    I think we have the same problem here My wife and I just bought a brand new PowerBook Pro 17" with Intel Core 2 chips and it came with the latest iLife apps (even updated iMovie last night to the newest version thinking that "might" be the problem). She created a slideshow in iPhoto -- WITH MUSIC -- then exported it as a QT movie. When she tried to import the QT .mov file into iMovie, the file was not being accepted (grayed out files AND grayed out "Import" button).

    She imported the music tracks off a CD using iTunes, and I THINK she used AAC coding, since that's the way we've been doing things here, and it's always worked on my PowerMac G5 and even her older iBook. I guess we'll have to try using a different encoding method for the music and try again???? If that's the case, I think it needs fixing. Bummer...
    MacBook Pro 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2
  • Karl Petersen Level 6 Level 6 (15,170 points)
    I guess we'll have to try using a different encoding method for the music and try again???? If that's the case, I think it needs fixing. Bummer...


    That, or perhaps import the music to iMovie instead of to iPhoto.

    I have no experience yet with this point in iMovie '08 in, but problems with iTunes music in earlier versions of iMovie could be solved by burning the iTunes songs to an Audio CD, then importing the songs from the CD to iMovie.

    It's crucial that the CD be burned correctly, however, described here:
    http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?messageID=2184552&#2184552

    Karl
    Dual-Core Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.4.10), Sony TRV 900, HDTV, Cinema Displays
  • Texas JMD Calculating status...
    I'm a Windows user that just recently got my Mac. I have been fairly impressed so far, but this inability to add title slides to an iPhoto slideshow is a ridiculous oversight, and keeps the novice user from easily creating nice slideshows. I should not have to move my slideshow into iMovie. I tried the suggestion of using the free down load and saving the slideshow movie as mp4 and then bringing into iMovie. It did not work- no sound. Further, once you add a tile slide and closing slide, then I'm assuming the timing will be off with the music. The problem could be solved if iPhoto had the ability to add a separate title slide. Please help us out Steve Jobs.
    iMac 2.4 ghz, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
  • Jon Walker Level 6 Level 6 (17,520 points)
    She created a slideshow in iPhoto -- WITH MUSIC -- then exported it as a QT movie. When she tried to import the QT .mov file into iMovie, the file was not being accepted (grayed out files AND grayed out "Import" button).



    If you have QT Pro, open the "Properties" window and delete the "Tween" track in your iPhoto slideshow. This is most likely what is preventing your movie from importing into iMovie '08. If you don't have QT Pro, then open the movie in MPEG Streamclip and use the "Save As..." File menu option to save the file in an MP4 container. This also seems to "strip" the "Tween" track from the file without having to re-compress it.



    2.0GHz 3GB G5/533MHz 384MB G4 DeskTop/400MHz 384MB G4 Ti PB, Mac OS X (10.5.1), 60GB 5G iPod, 4GB iPhone, Nikon D-70, Nikon CoolPix 990, Sony HDR-HC3
  • Jon Walker Level 6 Level 6 (17,520 points)
    I tried the suggestion of using the free down load and saving the slideshow movie as mp4 and then bringing into iMovie. It did not work- no sound.



    What was the audio compression format in the source file? Was it something other than MPEG-4 (AAC) audio?



    2.0GHz 3GB G5/533MHz 384MB G4 DeskTop/400MHz 384MB G4 Ti PB, Mac OS X (10.5.1), 60GB 5G iPod, 4GB iPhone, Nikon D-70, Nikon CoolPix 990, Sony HDR-HC3
  • Texas JMD Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    It was tracks out of iTunes. I think the premise of all these posts is that Apple needs to enhance iPhoto to allow for title and ending slides. We as novice users that got Macs for their supposed "intuitiveness" and ease of use should not have to be coming up with work-arounds.
    iMac 2.4 ghz, Mac OS X (10.4.11)

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