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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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!!
… 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.
iM11 DOES support 1080, up to 30p
… nice try to promote your software …
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,
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
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?
… Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ10 …
nice tiny device …
Your cam records in TWO optional 'modes/formats' - AVCHDlite (720) and mjpeg
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 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:
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.