How do I open my 50Gb of GoPro footage in iMovie?

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  1. macrumors regular

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    Last week whilst snowboarding, I took out my GoPro HD Hero 2 and collected a few hour's footage each day.

    I now have around 50Gb of footage in 720p/60fps and would like to edit it in iMovie '11.

    I think this is a pretty simple request. What the Merry HELL am I meant to do?

    I expected to be able to browse to my external 4tb hard-drive within iMovie and see it sitting there ready to edit. Apparently not.

    I then clicked on 'import' on just ONE folder (it's divided into five, Monday-Friday) and it took two hours to 'import', then won't even turn up in the browser anyway (even I can see hideously large .mov copies of these files in Finder.

    Why on EARTH should I be doing anything more than browsing to my footage on my external hard-drive and editing it straight into my film?

    What am I meant to do?
     
  2. macrumors 68030

    Dave Braine

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    Warrington, UK
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    iMovie can't cope with 60fps video. Don't use GoPro myself but google came up with this post:
    http://www.newschoolers.com/ns/forums/readthread/thread_id/593005/

    iMovie will convert your video to Quicktime, using the Apple Intermediate Codec. This works out at about 10Gb per hour for Standard Definition video. What it is for HD video, I don't know, but it will be a lot more.
     
  3. thread starter macrumors regular

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    Just got Final Cut Pro X and am converting it to 'optimised media' as we speak.. Will see how it turns out!
     

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