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Import D800 video into iMovie problems

808 Views 4 Replies Latest reply: Nov 22, 2012 5:47 PM by AppleMan1958 RSS
e2photo Level 2 Level 2 (165 points)
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Aug 16, 2012 7:25 AM

I can import and play D800 video into Aperture 3 without difficulty, but IMovie import of the same video files is very very slow and then crashes. 


10.7.4 and all software is up to date


Hardware is 15" Retina Display with 16GB RAM.

  • Bengt Wärleby Level 6 Level 6 (18,920 points)
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    Aug 17, 2012 11:16 PM (in response to e2photo)



    Me just interested.


    • Did You try to import into iPhoto

    And from Event's menu - iPhoto movies - import ?


    Did this too go very slow ?


    • Can the movie from Nikon D800 be opened in QuickTime Player

    and if so can it be converted to AIC or streamingDV ?


    If so - How will they import ?


    • If it opens in QT-Player - then open inspector [cmd+I] and read

    - Video Format/Codec: nnnnnnnn

    - frames per sec: yyyyyyyyyy


    What does they say ?


    Yours Bengt W

  • Matty Apple Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 22, 2012 5:21 PM (in response to e2photo)

    Two reasons:


    1. The H.264 is not a good editing format, it is an industry standard for video compression. Taking advantage of today's high-speed chips, H.264 delivers MPEG-4 quality with a frame size up to four times greater.


    2. iMovie doesn't surpport 1080p format well. iMovie 11 may recognise it well, if the format is not iMovie's native format AIC.




    You'd better convert D800 H.264  to AIC (iMovie's native format) for smoothly editing on Mac.

  • AppleMan1958 Level 7 Level 7 (27,335 points)
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    Nov 22, 2012 5:47 PM (in response to e2photo)

    I would suggest that you right click on the iMovie event or on one of the clips in the event. If it offers to optimize, say yes.

    AVCHD is automatically optimized in iMovie but with h.264 you have a choice, because if you shoot h.264 in standard def sizes, most macs are powerful enough to handle it.


    See this post for more details.


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