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Tony T Level 1 Level 1

Hi All,

I cannot get iMovie to import any video from an SD card plugged into my (new) MB Air SD card slot.

The movie was taken with my Canon camera and plays back in the camera perfectly.  I've tried copying the contents from the card to the Desktop and tried various iMovie import options but the app merely states there's nothing to import.

Oddly, also when I ask iM to "Import from Camera" it hangs for a minute before the import window opens.  When it does open, the green LED on the MB glows.  I've checked the import options at the bottom of the window to look for video on the SD card..... nothing, zilch!

What's going wrong people? Help please.

TT


MacBook Air, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.4)
Solved by hermandaz on Sep 9, 2013 4:06 AM Solved

The problem lies the video format, I guess that your Canon camera takes videos in AVCHD MTS or H.264 MOV in 1080p format, both these two video formats are not supported by iMovie (previous imovie only support 720p videos, the lates version may supports 1080p), you can convert the AVCHD or H.264 MOVto ProRes MOV for iMovie, then you will be able to edit the videos freely in iMovie. the tool you need is just a  AVCHD Converter for Mac, which I have been using to convert HD camera videos to iMovie.You can have a try.

 

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Reply by Tony T on Sep 8, 2013 11:36 PM Helpful

... of course the other optionnis to use FinalCut which imports AVCHD...

Reply by Karsten Schlüter on Sep 9, 2013 3:47 AM Helpful

last try ...

 

in your System Settings, create a New User

switcht to new user …

try again ...

 

maybe, 'something' interferes with your iM installation (weird plugins etc etc).

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  • hermandaz Level 1 Level 1

    The problem lies the video format, I guess that your Canon camera takes videos in AVCHD MTS or H.264 MOV in 1080p format, both these two video formats are not supported by iMovie (previous imovie only support 720p videos, the lates version may supports 1080p), you can convert the AVCHD or H.264 MOVto ProRes MOV for iMovie, then you will be able to edit the videos freely in iMovie. the tool you need is just a  AVCHD Converter for Mac, which I have been using to convert HD camera videos to iMovie.You can have a try.

     

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  • Tony T Level 1 Level 1

    Hi "hermandaz",

    Thanks so much for your response and help.

    I'll certainly give your advice a try.

    However (I guess I may be wrong here) I seem to remember iMovie being able to import AVCHD from my camcorder.  I know the old iM HD coudn't buit swapping to iM solved this, so I remain puzzled.

    But in the end your advice did the trick... pity I have to shell-out on something iM should be capapble of doing in the 1st place... ho-hum! 

    But thanks again!!

    TT

  • Tony T Level 1 Level 1

    ... of course the other optionnis to use FinalCut which imports AVCHD...

  • Karsten Schlüter Level 7 Level 7
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    hermandaz wrote:

    …  The problem lies the video format, I guess that your Canon camera takes videos in AVCHD MTS or H.264 MOV in 1080p format, both these two video formats are not supported by iMovie…

    That's plain nonsense.

    http://help.apple.com/imovie/#mov39f84bc2

    iM11 DOES support 1080, up to 30p

     

    … nice try to promote your software …

  • sueanncoopel Level 1 Level 1

    iMove 11 is the latest version, do you understand? He said the prevous iMovie does not support 1080p videos, is it right?

  • Tony T Level 1 Level 1

    OK guys, whatever:

    the bottom line is I still cannot import movies into iM from a mounterd SD card with AVCH files on it, and I cannot understand why.

    Fortunately, I have FC Pro  on this MB which imports the same  files perfectly.

    So my original question remains, guys. Where's the error?

    (and no I haven't purchased the AVCH converter app... didn't relly think I'd need it.

    Thanks for the input so far,

    TT

  • Karsten Schlüter Level 7 Level 7
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    Tony T wrote:

    …  I have FC Pro  on this MB which imports the same  files perfectly.

    So my original question remains, guys. Where's the error?…

    most probably, the material you try to import is 1080/50p or 1080/60p…

    as mentioned often&earlier, this is NOT supported by actual iM11

     

    no details = just guessing

  • Tony T Level 1 Level 1

    OK, thanks very much for that, Karsten.

    Although I've had this Canon camera for 3 years and I'm convinced I was able to import from the SD card/camera on my MB Pro  iMac back home. Unfortunately, I can't actually try the same SD card on those other machins as I'm 7000 miles away from them for the next 2 months  

    There's certainly nothing special about the Canon.

    Is there a "tweek" in iM which I'm missing?

  • Karsten Schlüter Level 7 Level 7
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    Tony T wrote:

    … There's certainly nothing special about the Canon.…

    which Canon (type, model)?

  • Tony T Level 1 Level 1

    Sorry, Karsten (egg on face here) it's not a Canon, it's a Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ10 (3 years old).

     

  • Karsten Schlüter Level 7 Level 7
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    … Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ10 …

    nice tiny device …

     

    Your cam records in TWO optional 'modes/formats' - AVCHDlite (720) and mjpeg

    Problem is:

    The moment you 'mix' formats on ONE media, iM gets confused and ignores the files!

     

    You have to erase the non-AVCHD files on the SDcard first, to make iM able to notice the correct video. You should be able to do so in Finder: drag the 'other' files on your local hardddrive (if you want to keep them), erase from card, give iM a second try ....

     

    For future use:

    1 format - 1 card

     

    do NOT store mjpg-video on the same card as AVCHD stuff .....

  • Tony T Level 1 Level 1

    OK... different SD card re-formatted.

    LUMIX camera set on AVCHD Lite mode (other option Motion JPEG).

    Trial footage still does not import into iM.

    Sorry, still puzzled...

     

     

    What's also odd is it takes over a minute to load the resulting window after the "Import from Camera" is selected

    TT

  • Karsten Schlüter Level 7 Level 7
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    Tony T wrote:

    … What's also odd is it takes over a minute to load the resulting window after the "Import from Camera" is selected

    maybe, iMovie needs just a lil' slap on the backhead:

    >> click                  How do I trash the iMovie Preferences File? and Why?

  • Tony T Level 1 Level 1

    Done that Karsten... no change.

     

    I've just used another camera (Lumix DMC F516), taken a sample movie on a fresh card... zilch.  So it's definately iM that's at fault.  As said all these movies import into FC.  Maybe that's the route I'll use.... at least it just WORKS!

    This is driving me nuts .. maybe I need to re-install but that option is 7000 miles away

     

    But thanks so much for your time and help on this, Karsten.  Very much appreciated.

    TT

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