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Should I import to iMovie or Aperture?

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I'm beginning to get into movie editing, I've only been working with photos with iLife. One quesiton, should I import my videos from my camera into Aperture/iPhoto (which is my program of choice for photos) and then access them via the iPhoto entry in iMovie, or should I just import them directly into iMovie? What are the pros and cons between the two approaches?

  • Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8 (43,320 points)
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    Sep 3, 2013 9:47 AM (in response to aapl.crox)

    Directly into iMovie. That is the application dsigned specifically for video.


    iPhoto and Aperture are not.

  • Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8 (43,320 points)
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    Sep 3, 2013 9:56 AM (in response to aapl.crox)

    Feel free to use any of the applications you like.


    iMovie is designed for editing video. The others are not.


    Just viewing them is another matter entirely.

  • Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8 (43,320 points)
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    Sep 3, 2013 11:18 AM (in response to aapl.crox)

    I cannot advise you further. When I edit videos I use iMovie. When I work with photographs I use iPhoto and/or GraphicConverter.


    I don't run Aperture.


    Test a small project in each and judge the results.

  • Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8 (43,320 points)
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    Sep 3, 2013 3:02 PM (in response to aapl.crox)

    If you want your question to be seen by Aperture users, it might be an idea to also post in the Aperture forum:


  • Wanttogobacktopc Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Sep 4, 2013 11:11 AM (in response to aapl.crox)

    FWIW I'm no authority but happy to share my biased novice perspective. 


    Pros for importing into Aperture:


    Easy workflow to import everything from my media cards to one location in one step

    Very easy browsing and viewing of videos on Apple TV

    Easy to create decent slideshows with video within Aperture (see

    I like having both videos and photos of an event or project located in one place instead of having to navigate to a second software program to see if I took any video

    Aperture videos are available in the events library in iMovie (because of this I haven't been compelled to import a video directly into iMovie yet)


    Cons for importing into Aperture:


    If you have permissions or other system issues it can be very difficult and time consuming to get iMovie to recognize Aperture videos (for most this isn't an issue)

    Some experienced video editors recommend against managing videos in a software program designed primarily for photos or having it managed at all


    My bias comes from being a family guy who uses Apple TV a lot and wants things simple and to spend as little time as I can on the computer.  Experienced video enthusiasts can provide a broader and more thorough explanation of the pros and cons.  Wish you the best setting up your ideal workflow. 

  • JaredFromMA Calculating status...
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    Nov 18, 2013 9:59 AM (in response to aapl.crox)

    Don't feel bad. I am running into the same issue. I feel like importing into Aperture would allow me to quickly delete all vids sitting on my iphone once they are transferred. From what I can tell, you have to manually delete videos from your iphone. Now...the new iMovie does have a button on the top left of the screen that "views" videos in Aperture. This might be the gap you and I are looking for. Let me know if you have heard back from others on a better solution.

  • JaredFromMA Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 18, 2013 10:36 AM (in response to aapl.crox)

    Somebody did post on another board that you will duplicate files if you import into Aperture and then iMovie. Confirming and will let you know what I hear. Workflow into Aperture is much easier since you can delete movies from your phone from the application on the imac.


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