Hi! First time on the discussion boards. Usually I am able to figure something out myself, and if not, a quick search online gives me the answer...but not this problem.
I have my wedding footage that I am trying to edit and compile to make a video. Original footage was captured in some format that is not compatible with quicktime; I believe its UNIX (or something). I converted all clips to mp4 and have been transferring them to iMovie so I can begin editting. Here is the issue.
There are a couple of clips that, even though they are in the proper format, will not open iMovie. All other clips that I converted opened up fine in iMovie. I selected an event, imported movie, found clip, and it optimized, processed, and generated the clips into frames. There are a couple that will not open in iMovie. It begins the process, and then nothing happens. Whats confusing is that it is in the proper mp4 format because when I open the clip in the folder that it is saved in, it plays just fine in quicktime. Also, all other clips that did transfer properly, I did the same thing to them for the entire process (converting to transferring).
I then tried opening the video in iPhoto (I was told that sometimes corrects any error with the video). It is in iPhoto, plays in iPhoto, but won't transfer to iMovie.
I restarted everything multiple times. I even took the original footage and converted it into mp4 again (thinking something happend during the original conversion).
I don't know what else to do. Hope you were able to bear with my ramblings and I hope someone knows what to do!!
Thanks so much! Look forward to any and all assistance!
… Whats confusing is that it is in the proper mp4 format …
meant as background info:
mp4 is no 'format', nor 'proper' for iMovie
it's a container or 'media wrapper', such as avi or mov - could contain 'anything'.
iMovie is meant by concept for camcorder imports, not 'all movin' images' - only via camcorder, the needed import routines get triggered.
you're not alone with your problem - a high percentage of 'issues' on this board are based upon manual conversions. e.g. a popular tool is a thing called 'Handbrake' which converts into wrong codec and adds text-tracks, which make it impossible for iM to import ...
to solve your problem:
get the free and most recommended converter on this board, MpegStreamclip.
open your allready 'converted' mp4 with it
Export to Quicktime
in its many options, select AppleIntermediateCodec as … codec.
that is iMovies internal, native format.
import those into iMovie
happy movie making!