Yes! I'd like to report I've had the same problem and was able to fix it using iMovie HD. Glad I still kept it around on my old MacBook! In the preferences you need to make sure the "Start a new clip at each scene break" is unchecked. Once the long clip is imported, you can then export as you like. I've chosen full quality. Then you can use Quicktime to compress it so that you can watch it on your iPad.
iMovie 11 assumes you are importing raw footage from your camcorder, not finished movies. In this case you want the clips to be in date and time order.
If you want to import and edited movie off tape, you want it to stay in edited order, not date and time order. You cannot accomplish this by importing DV Stream, which iMovie 11 will always put in date and time order.
The solution is to import it into the original program where you created the movie (e.g. iMovie HD) and export it as a QuickTime Movie (mov) in DV codec. You can import the MOV into iMovie 11, and it will retain te edited order.
I have iMovie6 but no way of installing it since the new Mountain Lion OS doesn't recognize it. If there's a truck to getting this to work again I'm all ears.
I finally bought FCP but I am still having the same problem importing.
You would think importing an edited project would be easier than this!
If you are importing from a DVD, one solution is to use a free program like Handbrake to convert the DVD to MP4 and then import this into iMovie.
To do this:
1. Open Handbrake, click the "Source" button and choose your DVD. Then click the "Start" button after setting the import options.
2. In iMovie, import the file you just created using File >> Import >> Movies, and select your file.
I am in the process of doing this now. It's slow, but it "appears" to be working.
I realize this thread is old, but I'll bet there are others like me who still have this issue. I had some old DV tapes I wanted to import into my computer before it was too late. Like others, some of my tapes were exported movies from older versions of iMovie, and when I imported them in iMovie '11, many of the clips were out of sequence. It seems that when creating an iMovie and exporting it back to tape, the old iMovie didn't put a date/time stamp on at least some of the clips, so the new iMovie imports those with the current date/time, which is why they get out of order.
If you have only a few clips that are out of order, it might be easy enough to identify where they go and look at the date/time stamp at the end of the clip before where you want the out-of-order clip moved and then adjust the date and time of your out-of-order clip to be the same time as the end of the clip that should precede it.
If you have a lot of clips, though, it's a huge effort to identify where the clips went and then manually adjust the clip date and time to fit back into sequence. I did some searching and found an old program called iDive which allows importing directly from a DV camera just like iMovie. However, it can import the entire footage into just one .dv file, so the clips will stay in order. I found a version of iDive at http://idive.en.softonic.com/mac/download, but when I ran the app, it informed me of a newer version, which I downloaded and used. There's an even newer version on the developer's web site, but I didn't try it, for reasons I'll explain below.
This app is free to try but expensive (in my opinion) to buy. The good news is that if you're looking to import your DV as one big clip, the free trial will do everything you want. The free trial is limited to one clip per tape. However, as long as you import your footage as one clip, you can import as much as you want. Details to follow.
- Make sure your DV camera is turned on in the appropriate mode, just as you would set it if you were capturing in iMovie. This is probably "Play/Edit" mode. Put in your tape and advance it to the point where you'd like to capture.
- Start iDive. At the startup window, choose, "Capture DV from you camcorder.” Click the Next button.
- Enter a name in the tape name field. If you need to import more than one movie from a tape, next time, just use a different tape name and the free trial software will still let you import. The tape notes field is not important. Click the Next button.
- In the drop down that appears, change "Video device" from "No Value" to "DV-VCR". Deselect "Detect Scene" if selected. I believe if you leave this selected, it will split the clips and will only capture the first clip. I left "Frame Sampling" and "Capture Movie" checked. Be sure to leave "Video Compression" set to "None" so that your video will be capture raw in DV.
- Click the red "record" button to begin capturing. When done capturing, you can click the record button again, or click the stop button. Click the "Close" button and Quit iDive.
- Open or switch to iMovie. Choose File->Import->Movies...
- Navigate to your home folder, then Movies, then iDive, then My DV Library, then the folder named as your tape name, then Original Footage. Inside this folder, you'll find your .dv file. Choose the file and set the save location and event settings in iMovie as you desire. As I have the "Move files" option instead of the "Copy files" option checked, that's why I closed iDive--so that iMovie won't get an error when it tries to move the files that iDive still has control of. Click "Import".
- Repeat the above steps for each new clip/movie/tape you wish to import.