1470 Views 4 Replies Latest reply: Jun 16, 2007 7:12 AM by Susan_Forney
Hi Susan - unfortunately you have a camcorder that records in MPEG2 format, which is incompatible with iMovie. iMovie requires DV formatted video. DVD video is really a delivery format for viewing, rather than for editing as it is a 'lossy' format.
It is possible to convert your material into DV, although there will be some quality reduction involved. See here:
You will need:
MPEG StreamClip (free):
Apple MPEG2 PlayBack ($20):
G5 Dual 2.0 ghz Mac OS X (10.4.9) 1.5 GB RAM; VidCam: Sony DCR TRV80E
What file formats work with iMovie?
iMovie is based on QuickTime, so iMovie supports all the import formats listed here:
iMovie's native format is DV (sometimes called DV Stream), so everything you import is converted to DV.
Thanks! I had been searching around and found out about Streamclip. I got the QuickTime plug-in and soon discovered that you don't want to make these conversions on an external USB drive-it took almost 2 hours for a 25-minute clip and then it errored out. (I only have 80 gigs on the old iMac, so I have two external drives, one for backups and one for more space.) I moved the files to a FireWire drive, and things are working reasonably well. It took about 30 minutes to convert the original clip to QuickTime, which plays well, and about 15 minutes to convert to DV format, where I am now creating my first really bad movie.
Again, thanks very much!
iMac Mac OS X (10.4.9)