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Jerry Dammers Level 1 Level 1
expertise.photosformac
Photos for Mac

I've transferred lots of VHS 3 hour tapes to .mov files on my MacBook Pro.

 

I have some relatively simple editing requirements - largely cutting the files into parts (eg cut end and finish).

 

To get the file into iMovie takes over half an hour and then, after editing, it takes at least half an hour to get a finished version for iTunes.

 

Is there any way to avoid this lengthy process?

 

Thanks

 

(I previously used Windows Movie Maker and found that relatively easy - you could instantly access the mobile file, edit, and it would be ready to view straight away).

Reply by QuickTimeKirk on Sep 16, 2012 11:45 AM Helpful

Yes.

The MPEG-2 Playback Component is a "viewing' component and not related to QuickTime Pro.

QuickTime Player Pro (and sometimes iTunes) can convert your files for viewing on other devices.

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  • Brad Wright2 Level 3 Level 3

    You can try to turn off the thumbnail generation or see if you can get your hands on iMovie 6 which is a lot better program for interlaced video such as MiniDV and VHS tapes.  Final Cut Pro X will also handle interlaced video and it's a lot faster for importing video.

  • QuickTimeKirk Level 9 Level 9

    QuickTime Player Pro can do the job with no re-encoding in just seconds.

  • Jerry Dammers Level 1 Level 1
    expertise.photosformac
    Photos for Mac

    I previously bought something called:

     

    QuickTime MPEG-2 Playback Component for Mac OS X

     

    Do I need to buy QTP Pro on top of that?

     

    Also, if I then later want to watch in iTunes, or share between my iOS devices, can I still do that if the file has not been through iMovie?

     

    Many thanks

     

     

  • QuickTimeKirk Level 9 Level 9

    Yes.

    The MPEG-2 Playback Component is a "viewing' component and not related to QuickTime Pro.

    QuickTime Player Pro (and sometimes iTunes) can convert your files for viewing on other devices.

  • Cliveems Level 1 Level 1

    Very basic video editing can be done in iMovie as part of the "Slideshow" rendering: trimming, adding transitions, ken burns effect and other effects, adding audio.

     

    With iMovie you will get more versatile editing at an amateur level, for the "full program" you will need Final Cut or similar.

     

    In that case, you could use a third party import tool called Video Editor for Mac.

     

    http://www.flash-video-soft.com/video-editor-mac

     

    They have a free trial.

  • sancadia Level 1 Level 1

    I just found out a step by step guide which introduces two ways to edit MOV files: basic editing and advanced editing.

     

    Basic editing includes: cut MOV to capture your favorite clips, crop to remove the black edges around your MOV video, merge multiply MOV clips into a big one, split MOV file by chapter, rotate MOV movie 90 degreee/180 degree etc, add subtitle/audio track/watermark/effect to MOV video, adjust MOV video image, capture your favorite pictures from MOV movie and so on.

     

    Advanced editing includes: adjust MOV video size/quality, change audio channel of MOV video, increase or decrease MOV audio volume, adjust MOV bitrate/sample rate, remove audio from MOV, adjust MOV aspect ratio and other more advanced settings.

  • Ziatron Level 4 Level 4
    expertise.desktops
    Desktops

    I edit .mov files all the time.

     

    For simple editing I use QuickTime 7 Pro. Cost $29 from Apple.   I then will use Toast 12 to burn a Blu-ray, or iDVD to make a DVD.

     

    For more editing power I use iMovie HD 06.  iMovie HD 06 is readily available on Amazon as part of iLife 06.