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Cannot drag movie into IMovie 09

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Feb 28, 2009 7:12 PM
I have a video clip saved onto my MacBook and when I open IMovie 09 I try to add that movie into a current project by dragging it into the screen and it doesn't show me the green plus sign. I can't go to file then import or drag it.
MacBook, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
  • bcr88 Level 2 Level 2 (240 points)
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    Feb 28, 2009 11:02 PM (in response to coolhurst)
    What format is the video?
     MacBook Pro (2,2), Mac OS X (10.5.6), iPhone 3G, iPod nano (3rd gen.), G4 Quicksilver (2002), G3 Blue and White
  • Richard Gebhard Calculating status...
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    Mar 1, 2009 1:15 AM (in response to bcr88)
    Id like to know that as well because im running into the same problem. Im ripping home movies from a dvd. I ripped them as an MPEG-4 and as an AVI but i cannnot drag them into iMovie. The weird thing is that the help section states that iMovie WILL allow mpeg-4 files. I just dont get it.
    iMac G5, Mac OS X (10.4.1)
  • bcr88 Level 2 Level 2 (240 points)
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    Mar 1, 2009 9:46 PM (in response to coolhurst)
    Hmm... Well, open it in OuickTime, go to Window --> Show Movie Inspector (cmd-I), and write down what it says next to "Format:"
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  • jake11 Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)
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    Mar 2, 2009 8:59 AM (in response to bcr88)
    I have a quicktime movies generated by Quicktime itself via the export for web function as well as one re-saved manually as a .mov. Neither will drag into iMovie.

    Both are - AAC, Stereo (L R), 44.100 kHz
    H.264, 852 x 480, Millions

    The original file, captured with a Panasonic Lumix camera will not drag in either:

    Apple Photo - JPEG, 1280 x 720, Millions
    8-bit Unsigned Integer, Mono, 8.000 kHz

    Jake
    Mac OS X (10.5.6)
  • AppleMan1958 Level 7 Level 7 (27,335 points)
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    Mar 2, 2009 9:10 AM (in response to coolhurst)
    If the file is in a format that iMovie can edit, you have to drag it in and drop it on an Event Name in the Event Source List.
    iMac 24 2.8Ghz, iPhone, TV, Mac OS X (10.5.6), Parallels 4.0.3540 with XP, Panasonic HDC-SD5
  • jake11 Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)
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    Mar 2, 2009 9:40 AM (in response to AppleMan1958)
    That works, thanks.
    The interface alludes that the files can be dragged directly into a project: "Drag media here to create a new project"
    Not very intuitive imo. Perhaps I should have read the help files.
    Jake
    Mac OS X (10.5.6)
  • AppleMan1958 Level 7 Level 7 (27,335 points)
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    Mar 3, 2009 6:21 AM (in response to coolhurst)
    What kind of video is it?

    Specifically, can you open the video in QuickTIme Player? If so, click Window/Inspector and tell us the audio and video codecs that are listed by the word Format:
    iMac 24 2.8Ghz, iPhone, TV, Mac OS X (10.5.6), Parallels 4.0.3540 with XP, Panasonic HDC-SD5
  • AppleMan1958 Level 7 Level 7 (27,335 points)
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    Mar 4, 2009 8:58 AM (in response to coolhurst)
    You can download MPEG Streamclip, which is free, and convert your MPEG1 file to a format that can be edited by iMovie.

    I would recommend that you convert it to Apple Intermediate Codec in the current dimensions.
    Drag your file into MPEG Streamclip and click File/Export to QuickTime. Then choose Apple Intermediate Codec.
    iMac 24 2.8Ghz, iPhone, TV, Mac OS X (10.5.6), Parallels 4.0.3540 with XP, Panasonic HDC-SD5
  • John Capra Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Mar 5, 2009 6:56 AM (in response to AppleMan1958)
    What if i have HD files (1920x1080) in the de-muxed m2v/ac3 format? What is the best output setting for mpeg streamclip that will produce muxed 1080p video that i can import into iMovie 09/FCE?

    Maintaining 5.1 is not important to me, i can export new stereo audio files if necessary on my windows machine.

    Thanks!

    Message was edited by: John Capra
    IMac 24" 2.8ghz, Mac OS X (10.4.10)

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