4 Replies Latest reply: Feb 16, 2006 6:52 PM by jessie
Solace093 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I have a video clip in .mov format that won't seem to import so that I can edit it. I'm a guy who's worked with windows for years and I am Mac illiterate. Is there a reason why I can't import the clip, but it still plays in quicktime?

G5   Mac OS X (10.4.4)  
  • Karin Childs Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)
    You probably have already tried File - Import, so try this.

    First, quit Imovie. Find the Imovie File you want Control-click it, and say "show package contents. It should pop up with a window.

    Find the "Media" folder in the window. Drag the quicktime file into the media folder, then open imovie.

    A pop-up should say something about unwanted files in the trash, and when it asks you if you want to open the trash, click yes, and find your file, and drag it with the other clips.

    Hope it helps.
  • Karsten Schlüter Level 7 Level 7 (30,870 points)
    Hi Solace,
    welcome to this forum

    to give you some background info for better understanding in the future:
    the file extension".mov" is a bit irritating, should NOT be translated with "movie"! a .mov is just a socalled container, it can contain (sic) many kind of media: stills, music, VR...- and for sure video.

    just to impress you, have a look in this list:
    Apple's list of formats supported by QT

    iMovie is an edit-app meant to work with firewire-connected miniDV camcorders..... you can import "other" files&formats, but then it gets a bit tricky....

    so, my usual guess, you're trying to import some mpegs (contained in a .mov file, you don't read .mpg as suffix.....)

    some very good advices here, in plain english:
    http://danslagle.com/mac/iMovie/tips_tricks/6010.shtml
    http://danslagle.com/mac/iMovie/tips_tricks/6018.shtml

    have fun with your Mac!

  • Solace093 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I was able to import it, and the clip "plays" but does not work as it should. I get no sound or picture for that clip.
  • jessie Level 2 Level 2 (165 points)
    I am having the same problem. I tried the "move from trash" thing, but the movie was 48megs of black screen.
    The other post talked about nice sneaky ways of making DVDs from divx files and such. I want to take a few music videos and put them all together in one file and put it on my ipod.