Editing and opening .mpeg files in IMovie?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by crlong, Sep 25, 2004.

  1. crlong macrumors newbie

    Sep 25, 2004
    I just got a new iMac a few days ago and I am new to Macs in general. I am trying to edit a .mpeg file (from my old PC) in IMovie in order to eventually put it on a DVD. Quicktime will open the file (I dont have QT Pro), but IMovie will not allow me to open it. Is there any way to edit a .mpeg file in IMovie, or is there some software that someone might recommend downloading or purchasing. I have read a few posts about Toast Titanium- will this do the trick? Sorry for all of the questions, I am still very new to Macs. Any help will be GREATLY appreciated!
  2. live4ever macrumors 6502a

    Aug 13, 2003
    Thunder Bay, ON
    iMovie can't edit mpeg files directly - you must convert it to DV (in process losing quality) and then compress it again to mpeg (losing more).
    You can use DVDxDV for this: http://www.dvdxdv.com/
    But only use this method if you need to add transitions and effects since it degrades the video.

    To edit mpeg directly use mpeg stream clip: http://www.alfanet.it/squared5/mpegstreamclip.html
    But it only allows you to cut out or insert parts into your mpeg file however it keeps the original quality of the input video.
  3. johnnyjibbs macrumors 68030


    Sep 18, 2003
    London, UK
    You might want to consider purchasing QuickTime Pro, which would allow you to save the files as DV clips, although you need lots of disk space for this. It seems like a pain, sure, but, with digital cams and FireWire, DV input into iMovie is leagues ahead of MPEG and WMV.
  4. Spock macrumors 68000


    Jan 6, 2002
    I Hate to say it, but Apple pulled a Microsoft. To edit MPEGS You have to purchase QT Pro?? This is why I dont use iMovie.
  5. crlong thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 25, 2004
    What other good options are out there for video editing that aren't going to cost me an arm and a leg (like FinalCut)? I am not looking to do any heavy duty editing.

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