9 Replies Latest reply: Mar 13, 2007 1:42 PM by SDIllini
Alice1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I've just upgraded to iLife '06. When I try to import from iPhoto to iMovie some of the pictures take on a red tint, as if a red filter is applied. Initially I thought it was just the B&W photos but now I've noticed it with some color photos too. The pictures are fine in iPhoto. The only commonality I can see is that the pictures are scanned but not all scanned pictures do it. Is anyone else experiencing this problem? I saw one post about clips taking on some interesting hues and the writer said the problem went away.

Incidentally, I cleaned my Caches file thinking there might be some remanent from iLife '05 but that didn't help.

Thanks.

iMac G5, Mac OS X (10.4.4), iLife '06
  • Lennart Thelander Level 8 Level 8 (38,220 points)
    Welcome to the discussions.

    I thought (hoped?) this bug would be fixed, but maybe it isn't:
    iMovie: Adding effects to a clip with titles may make it become gray or tinted
    http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=301248
    Contrary to what the article says, the title does NOT have to be in the same clip.
  • Alice1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks for replying Lennart, but the problem I'm having is with still photos being imported from iPhoto, not video clips. There are no transitions or titles involved. I was simply importing some photos and planned to go back to add transitions.

    I thought about it while at work today and realized that the photos I was trying to add to the timeline were 1) all scanned, and 2) possibly bitmap format. So I started playing with it again when I got home. Sure enough, the bitmap photos import with a red filter look, jpegs do not. To verify this premise even more I duplicated a bitmap photo and then converted it to jpeg. Sure enough, the red filter appears when I import the bitmap image but not on the jpeg.

    Why? Beats me. Maybe some of the more technical folk have an explanation. Thankfully I don't have that many bitmap images and I will simply convert those that are.

    One more note, out of curiosity I decided to try importing a still RAW photo to an iMovie. The image shows beautifully in iMovie but in the timeline in shows as a black frame. I wouldn't ordinarily import a RAW image, I was just curious.



    iMac G5   Mac OS X (10.4.4)   iLife '06
  • Squizzy1963 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I've just had this issue today. To get around it I scanned all my photos into a folder, imported to iPhoto, edited the photos, saved and exported as jpg's to the desktop. I then opened iMovie and imported them into clips.

    iMovie imported but would not render them - it locked up iMovie and the iMac, I did a forced shutdown, restarted, opened iMovie and imorted again, this time they rendered and no red tint.

    Still no answer to the orginal problem but a solution at least.
  • Squizzy1963 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Solution: Scanned photos cannot be *.bmp, better to save them as .jpg - no issue with importing to iMovie then.
  • Allyn J. Crowe Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I don't know if I'd call it a "solution", but it is definitly a "workaround".

    Also this only happens to bmp's if iMovie needs to do any rendering on them. Such as when you add the Ken Burns effect. If you just do a clip it will not have the red shift.
  • Karl Petersen Level 6 Level 6 (15,170 points)
    Also this only happens to bmp's if iMovie needs to do
    any rendering on them. Such as when you add the Ken
    Burns effect. If you just do a clip it will not have
    the red shift.


    Good catch, Allyn. It happens here too. I opened a JPEG in Preview, saved it as a BMP, then imported it to iMovie. It turns red when imported with the Ken Burns checkbox turned ON. No red shift with the checkbox OFF.

    The JPEG imports fine either way.

    Karl
  • alice_srq Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    Interesting point about the rendering, Allyn. Thanks. I've converted just about all the bmp filed that I have to jpeg so the problem has lessened. The latest little blip is a white flash that appears in some photos just before a transition. Haven't figured out that one yet but did find a work-around. I wish that I hadn't jumped to iLife '06 so quickly. This weekend I spent hours trying to accomplish the most basic of tasks in iMovie. All the problems revolve around import and working with still photos. I've been trying to complete a project on my late husband for a conference that is being held in his honor and I have longed for iMovie 05. I've learned my lesson.
  • consuelo44 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    No one can seem to answer this for me...
    I have been trying to import JPGS from iPhoto into iMovie--every time I get the red tint. It doesn't matter whether Ken Burns is on or not. They are JPGs in iPhoto, the files have never been BMP. Just to make sure, I save it again in another location as JPG again and import to iMovie. Same problem. Red tint. I know there is a bug and it does this with bmps--but I'm using .jpg photos while not applying K Burns effect! AUGH! Anyone have a way around this?
    HELP!!!!!!!
  • SDIllini Level 6 Level 6 (16,670 points)
    As mentioned above, imovie can have a red tint if the photos imported are .BMP files.


    iMovie HD 6: Red tint on imported photos
    http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=304895

    Are you using imovie 6?

    Sue