14 Replies Latest reply: Oct 29, 2005 1:20 PM by Morley
Ann Smith1 Level 1 (5 points)
I've spent 5 months creating an iMovie from my family's home movies, and now I can't get it out of my hard drive and onto digital video tape or copy it to an external hard drive...and I cannot get it to burn on an external DVD burner (I do not have a DVD burner in the G5.) The iMovie, with music and titles is about 26 GB. It runs exactly 2 hours and 18 seconds.

I created it in iMovie4, but upgraded the system to iMovie5 (and added the extra RAM) when the iMovie 4 version got jerky. I also can't get it to compress in Toast, which I downloaded for that purpose. (There are also now 3 copies of the iMovie in the hard drive....all with many, identical, frozen frames and lost clips....and a version in Quick Time, in the iDVD folder, which has stalls, but contains more of the scenes and more motion than the iMovie versions now.)

Can anyone help me figure out how to get this thing out of my computer and into a format where I can fix it or burn it ?????

I'm in despair.

  • catspaw Level 5 (4,340 points)
    Ann - welcome to iMovie Discussions!
    OK - the main problem probably is the very large size of your project - it would have been better to have made two or three separate segments of your movie. As it stands it is far too big to burn.
    It would also have been better to have completed the project in iMovie 4 as problems sometimes occur when converting.
    With all of the freezes and losses you describe, the project (in the form you want it) may be a lost cause, but it would be worth trying to Share Selected Clips Only to a new project (or try sharing that to tape) - choosing only a portion of your original project. Repeat as needed.
    It should be possible to save some of your work in this way.
    Does that help?
  • Ann Smith1 Level 1 (5 points)
    Thank you Catspaw, I appreciate the welcome and the quick response. I've tried plenty of fixes, but not the Share Selected Clips Only. I have to go away for a week, but I'll try to learn how to Share Selected Clips when I get back.
  • catspaw Level 5 (4,340 points)
    Hi Ann - what you would do is this:
    1. in iMovie Clip View, highlight the clips you want - maybe the ones that seem to still work. To do this use Command+Click on each clip, or you can use Shift+Click if there is a contiguous sequence of clips to be highlighted.
    2. Then go to File>Share - here you will see a small tick box at the bottom, saying 'Share Selected Clips Only' - tick this.
    3. Use QuickTime (Full Quality) to create a file which then can be imported into a new Project - it will come in as one continuous clip.
    If there is a lot of your original material that can be saved, you may be best to make two separate projects - sharing some clips to one, and the rest to another.
    If this works, then you may be able to make a DVD(s) of it all, or share it all back to a DV camcorder.

    Note that Karl Petersen is much more knowledgeable about this sort of thing, and he may be able to advise you on a course of action to take if my suggestion is unsatisfactory.

    Good luck!
  • Ann Smith1 Level 1 (5 points)
    Excellent. Thanks again for your clear, quick and helpful response. My Clip boxes are now empty and the last time I tried to drag the edited clips from the movie back to the clip boxes, they wouldn't go. But I'll try again when I get home.

    I'm actually on my way to the family reunion that I hoped to be able to take the movie to, with copies for everybody. I'll be taking this saga instead. And maybe the liner notes ? Not nearly as entertaining. I hope there's a happy ending.

  • Beverly Maneatis Level 5 (7,150 points)
    Hello, Ann,
    Hope your reunion was good even without your movie!
    I am concerned that you cannot export to video camcorder nor copy it to another drive. You should be able to do this regardless of the length of the movie.
    (Sorry Catspaw, I disagree with you on this. I once had an initial iMovie of over 3 hrs before edits and I easily copied it to an external drive).

    You should be able to save it as a QT movie and then export that to DV.

    However, some people have problems with this and it had to do with the version of QT. What version are you using?

    And, if you would like to burn a DVD using iDVD, you cannot burn single layer over 2 hrs. See if you can decrease the length of the movie to just under 2hrs, like 1hr 57min, and it should make a nice DVD.

    Good luck!
  • catspaw Level 5 (4,340 points)
    Hi Beverly - I think you may have misunderstood me - my comment about the project being too long was related to her desire to make a DVD from it, not from any wish to copy it to another drive.

  • Beverly Maneatis Level 5 (7,150 points)
    Oops! Sorry, I did misunderstand.

    So what do you think is going on if she can't copy it?

    One of my recent movies wouldn't export either, until I converted it to QT, but that was before the Qt 7.0.2 update. I haven't had chance to export a movie since the update. Did it work for you?
  • catspaw Level 5 (4,340 points)
    Hi Beverly - my iMovies share to the camcorder OK with all latest updates of QT and iMovie installed.

    My suspicion is that the conversion to iMovie 5 while still in the process of editing her project in iMovie 4 may be the culprit. Plus the fact that it was obviously a large project starting to misbehave in iMovie 4 even before the update. Obviously there are corrupted media files now, so there may be no way to restore the project at least in its original form.
    It would be good if Karl Petersen could have a look at it!!
  • Beverly Maneatis Level 5 (7,150 points)
    my iMovies share to the camcorder OK with all latest updates of QT and iMovie installed

    Good to know. I expect mine next one will share OK, too.

    It would be good if Karl Petersen could have a look at it!!

    Oh, yes!!!
  • Ron Reid Level 1 (85 points)
    hello beverly
    I just had to jump in and ask you. i am new to editing. i have created a project in imovie hd and wish to put onto a dvd. my project is huge! how can i compress this so i can put onto a dvd. this is all pretty confusing to me and any help would be greatly appreciated.
  • Frank Cushing Level 2 (340 points)
    I think it would be useful to know how much disk space is still available. I have encountered skipping and studdering when I exceed 80% full. It reads like there are at least 3 25gig copies floating around in her project.

    On the topic of compression, idvd will do the necessary compression if your movie is less than 2 hours long. also consider the length on any idvd intro you are using when you calculate the total length. The advice to cut to about 1:57 is right on.

    Hope this helps.
  • Ron Reid Level 1 (85 points)
    hello frank
    thankyou for the response.
    I have a 60 minute project. i transferred from a vcr via a canopus advc300 to my mac. the file is huge and when i try to transfer it to idvd it tells me the files are too large. (i have 26GB left on my hard drive).
    I have heard that i would have to compress the files and idvd would do that for me, but how?
    I have broken the project up into 3 20 minutes chapters.
    is it possible to get all this onto one dvd?
  • Pamela Smith Level 1 (0 points)

    If you haven't solved your problem yet? Try saving you moving a new file. The cut movie into 3 parts to allow you to save to a IDVD as a disk image that will fit on a single layer burner. Then you should be able to copy the disk image to your ext. dvd burner.

  • Morley Level 1 (15 points)
    Ann have you tried the solution suggested by Frank Robertson (See postings for Jerky Video Output)?
    I had a similar problem using the "share to camcorder" procedure but aseem to have solved it by putting 15 seconds of black at the front of the time line. Then, having set the iMovie Preferences for Playback to "Playback DV project video through to DV camera", I start the project playing by clicking the arrow on the screen and starting the camcorder recording after about 5-10 seconds while the image is still black.
    This has worked well for two hour long videos and is much simpler
    and quicker than exporting to a QT movie and then reimporting that into iMovie before "sharing" to tape.