1074 Views 5 Replies Latest reply: Jun 25, 2006 1:58 PM by mishmumken
Any help is appreciated, I'm completely lost here
Well you don't seem so lost, as you have given most of the answer yourself
iMovie doesn't work with muxed MPEG, so you'll have to convert it. you can find more info on Dan Slagle's Unofficial iMovie FAQ
1. Can't hear audio in iMovie when I import an MPEG clip
2. Mpeg clips from digital cameras
MPEG Streamclip is a good tool for conversion, but there's also others. Matti Haveri is the expert for MPEG Streamclip:
How can I edit MPEG or convert DVD or MPEG to DV?
Apple MPEG2 PlayBack:
hope this helps
Thanks mishmumken, MPEG Streamclip did the trick.
I tried converting the MPG to a DV Stream using QuickTimePro, but even though I'd selected 44.1 kHz audio the resulting file had no audio track. Doing this in MPEG Streamclip did the trick and iMovie now plays the sound back. Thanks for the tip!
On a related side note, iMovie is so sloooow when it comes to importing these DV clips. 2 minutes of video took about 2minutes to convert to DV and then nearly 11 minutes to import on this 2.1GHz MacBook Pro with 2GB of RAM... thats just crazy. Think I'll stick to editing these clips with Vegas on my Windows machine for now.
a little trick for importing faster:
1. find your project in the movie folder, ctrl-click it and choose "show package contents"
2. find the media folder and copy all your clips into that. close all windows.
3. launch iMovie. a message will tell you that iM found some stray clips and would you like to see the trash. confirm this and iM opens the trash from wher you can simply drag your clips to the clips pane ... voilà
on the other hand: do the clips match your project's setting? 11 min for such a short clip seems very long. Check if both your project and your clip are set to PAL (long importing times occur when trying to import a PAL clip into an NTSC project or vice versa
hope this helps
Awesome My project was an MPEG-4 project since the clip resolution was at 640x480, which is less than DV so I figured Id try that out.
I created a new DV project (and changed the setting to PAL since I'm in Europe and my cam is set to PAL). Imported the clip again, and it took under a minute. Thanks (yet again) for the tip!
Guess I'll be sticking to OSX now, just got to get some Automator actions together to do this for me