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*Well, that sounds brilliant!* I just tried it and GUESS WHAT, it actually changes the clip's codec to the AIC (Apple Intermediate Codec, INteger (Little Endian) as well as changing the file to a *"QuickTime Movie."*
This is EXACTLY what I was doing with the EXTRA program MPEG streamclip.
So this is genius! Great Job!!!!!!
I'm assuming that I have to convert every clip that I use in the movie project???
I just checked the file (for my Kodak zi6) size...for a 9 second clip, before conversion was 10.1mb, after conversion (using your method) was 48.4mb.
This is far superior to the MPEG Streamclip method, which took a 22 second file from 33mb to a whopping 415mb converted!
This is GENIUS, I can do this without additional software, and not bloat my hard drive with duplicate gigantic files!
p.s. I mentioned above that it "changed" the file to a QuickTime movie, forgive me, the Kodak Zi6 already was a QuickTime .mov file, just changed the Codecs from H.264 to the AIC.
At last a workaround that works..!!
as far as I can tell you just need to convert a section of each file in the event window - the conversion works on the whole event clip even if you just select a small portion
so, if your event contained say 10 separate .mov files then convert each one. Once you've done this before you start work editing everything is smooth.
I think the apple iMovie should auto do this as you import the files but clearly it does NOT.
keep me informed - I'm editing tomorrow and will try it more but I believe this is an easy workaround that has solved all the problems.
If you find this too then lets post a new thread - I think theres a lot of frustrated users out there who would appreciate it!
I hope apple fixes the problem as well but for now this gets us working smoothly. Fingers crossed it stays working OK - it feels like it should once you have everything in apple codec AIC. Remember you'll know by checking the "clip" of any sections in the project window and applying the "Convert" if needed.
Hope this saves us some frustrating time....
keep me posted if you find any problems/ degredation of footage etc - should be OK though.
good luck - I will do more tests tomorrow.
Do you see any change in the clarity of your clips after using the "conversion" in Imovie? Mine appear much less "sharp." When I used the MPEG Streamclip, I was able to dial the quality up to 100%, but there's no adjustment for quality in the simple conversion in IMovie....so, I have a feeling that we're losing quality with the Apple AIC conversion, especially, since the file size is considerably smaller than the Streamclip method.
I'm sorry that this post is getting carried away, it's just such trial & error...
Actually what I meant to say, is the files that are encoded "AIC" whether through Apple Imovie or Streamclip are definitely less "sharp." Makes no difference as to the 100% "quality" slider, I thought had an effect.
Anything encoded H.264, whether my original Zi6 footage (60fps HD 1280x720) or Streamclip to Mpeg, keeping the H.264, is MUCH sharper.
Only problem...is the H.264 causes it to stutter, as SOON as transitions are applied. So....do I live with fuzziness, or stutter? Which I could have clear & smooth.
phew - The footage Im editing is inside a studio so no natural light - I have not noticed any loss of sharpness. I only recorded at 30fps anyway but I cannot see any difference yet with conversion. maybe need to run some hard comparison tests with same footage...? did you export final edit to quicktime?
iMovie forces you to convert the files for special effects anyway...Hmmm.
I would like to hear from others their feeling on this Workaround. Its impossible to edit properly with stuttering footage as you loose the rhythm of the piece so I would rather have it working smoothly like this...
anyone else tried this out and found quality loss?
the program should just work without any of this! grrrrr
I was hopeful! I started a new project with the original footage from the zi6, and as SOON as I added the transitions, it stuttered & froze.
It cannot handle the more "complicated" transitions. It can do the simple ones..like "fade to black", but chokes on anything more "involved."
Oh well...would have been nice to have a fix from Apple with the update!