iMovie readable format.

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  1. kaizer macrumors member

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    Hi guys, hope ya'll can help me here. I've just switched recently and I'm trying to use iMovie. I tried to import some mpegs and *.DAT files into iMovie but can't (the file was greyed out).

    Tried differrent variations without avail.

    So my question is, what are the format that iMovie natively supports?

    I'm on iMovie 3, OSX.2.4, iBook 700.

    Thanks
     
  2. gerror macrumors 6502

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    You can only import dv files.
    Perhaps you can export them in quicktime pro.
     
  3. yzedf macrumors 65816

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  4. iJon macrumors 604

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    imovie 2 was the one who only accepted dv files. now that imovie 3 is out, ive dumped many compressed .mov files into my imovies and used them.

    iJon
     
  5. kaizer thread starter macrumors member

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    iJon, dotmov huh? that's quicktime format, right?

    So, does this means that I can't import any other format except DV and dotmov format?

    Like mpeg etc?

    Any other utility that I can use to convert my mpegs into dotmov or DV?

    What about exporting? What format does iMovie supports?

    Thanks
     
  6. ftaok macrumors 601

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    iMovie3 does import mpeg files. Just do a "drag-n-drop" with the file. It'll automatically convert the mpeg into a dv file. Just be warned, if the mpeg is "muxed", you'll lose the audio unless you "demux" it and recombine (another topic that you could do a search on if interested).

    I'd be willing to bet that iMovie3 could import some avi files that are encoded with Quicktime (or other more standard codecs).

    If you do have some other files that iMovie3 won't import directly, you might want to try Quicktime Pro. It's only $30 (in the US) and I find it completely worth the price.

    As for exporting. iMovie can export dv, mov, mpg4, avi. And possibly some others.
     
  7. iJon macrumors 604

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    i tried bringing in a dvd rip i was gonna play with from the progam forty-two and it didnt work in final cut or imovie.

    iJon
     
  8. kaizer thread starter macrumors member

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    This is kinda off topic, but wondering if Final Cut Express will run OK on my iBook (G3 700 384MB ram) or will it be too slow.

    Thanks
     
  9. iJon macrumors 604

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    I think it will run just fine. You just wont be able to do any real time effects, well actually I dont know if express does that, or if that is just a pro feature. I used to use Final Cut Pro on a 500mhz pismo all the time and it wasnt bad, wasnt as fast as a g4 but sure wasnt slow.

    iJon
     

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