3 Replies Latest reply: May 1, 2010 3:42 PM by AppleMan1958
DHD47 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I'm importing old Hi-8 movies into i-Movie 9 using a Canopus ADVC-300. In general, this works well with one annoyance. A lot of my old tapes have inter scene bursts of static or "grey noise" where the camera was either turned off or the tape was removed. i-Movie interprets these as the end of the tape and stops importing. The Camera, of course, knows nothing about this and merrily plays through to the end which leaves me to rewind back to the spot that it stopped and start importing again. This means that I have to babysit all of my tapes.

Earlier work using i-Movie 06 did not do this.

Does anyone know how to turn this feature off?

Thanks in advance

3.06 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo 27" iMAC, Mac OS X (10.6.2), 4GHz RAM, Canopus ADHV-300
  • Robert Campbell9 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    I had exactly the same problem, using the same setup. After talking to several professionals, the consensus I got is that it's a software issue that cannot be adjusted in iTunes. Earlier versions were not so sensitive, but the recent ones do this. It's worse with old tapes. I finally had to take my tapes to a duplication house that copied them onto miniDV (the camera I have now). This allowed me to import them easily, and was cheaper than having the house convert them to iMovie files--they were going to have to do the same babysitting that you are doing. Sorry--if anyone has better info I'd like to hear it, but I wrangled with this problem for several months.
  • DHD47 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks for the reply. I haven't come up any better solution so I'm baby sitting away. I'm down to half a shoe box now so I'll just finish up and get on with it. I bought a new camera so I shouldn't have to do this much longer...
  • AppleMan1958 Level 7 Level 7 (27,400 points)
    1) Be sure to use Manual, not Automatic
    2) Before importing fast forward the tape all the way to the end, then rewind. Tape can settle over time.
    3) You probably still have to babysit.