4 Replies Latest reply: Jan 14, 2010 10:41 AM by go-to
go-to Level 1 (0 points)
Simple question. Which files types will iMovie import?

I have some home video's that were transferred from my old 8mm camcorder to a DVD recorder. The DVD is set up as a normal playable DVD (VIDEO_TS) folders.

I want to get these video's into iMovie for editing and then made all pretty with iDVD.

What is a simple method of accomplishing my goal?

iMac 24", Mac OS X (10.6)
  • AppleMan1958 Level 7 (27,405 points)
    DVDs are encoded into MPEG2, which iMovie cannot edit. So you need to convert the DVD back to something else. For highest quality, I recommend that you convert the DVD to Apple Intermediate Codec. There is a free tool called MPEG Streamclip that will do this. You will also need to install the Apple QuickTIme MPEG2 Playback Component. You can also use MPEG Streamclip to convert to DV, h.264, etc.

    Here are the details.

    1) Download and install the Apple MPEG2 QuickTime Component ($20) - available online from Apple.
    2) Download and install MPEG Streamclip from Squared 5 (free).
    3) Start MPEG Streamclip
    4) Insert your DVD into your Mac. If DVD Player or Front Row starts automatically quit those.
    5) Open a Finder window. Navigate to your DVD to the Video_TS folder.
    6) Drag the .VOB files from the Video_TS folder and drop then into MPEG Streamclip.
    7) If MPEG Streamclip offers to fix timecode breaks, say yes.
    8) Use FILE/EXPORT USING QUICKTIME to convert the files to Apple Intermediate Codec (or h.264 if you prefer)
    9a) Optional: You can deinterlace your footage in this step, if you like
    9b) optional: If you know the date and or time of the footage, name your file
    clip-yyyy-mm-dd hh;mm;ss
    (let mpeg streamclip provide the extension). This will provide metadata that iMovie will use to put the event in the right year and month.
    9c) Optional: If you don't want to make one huge clip out of your DVD, you can make smaller clips by using MPEG Streamclip. Move the cursor to the "in" point of the clip, and press i. Move the cursor to the "Out" point of the clip, and press o. Then do steps 8 through 10 and repeat until you have done this for all clips you want.
    10) Save the resulting file in a place where you can find it, like your Desktop.
    11) Open iMovie.
    12) In iMovie, choose FILE/IMPORT/From File and choose the file you saved in steps 8, 9, 10.
    13) iMovie will generate thumbnails and you can edit.
  • scarpakb Level 1 (0 points)
    you seemed to have answered my question that I poted yesterday on the same topic

    I will give this a try - many thanks
  • go-to Level 1 (0 points)
    Thank you sir...very help indeed.

    The method I have been using is to convert using HandBrake, and then an export from QuickTime Pro.

    Next question...is there a method that is quicker? These methods all take hours and I was hoping to avoid such lengthy multiple conversions.
  • go-to Level 1 (0 points)