iSight with iMovie sucks a$$!!

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  1. iChan macrumors 6502a

    iChan

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    #1
    I am trying to "record with isight" within iMovie and it works like a charm for about 1-2 minutes and then just stops!! the clip timer keeps going up but the image stops.

    for some reason, the programs reverts itself to edit mode after the 1-2 minutes...

    it isn't a problem with the camera as when i go back into import mode, the video is still being received...


    does or has anyone else experienced this problem and could anyone offer a fix?


    yours,
    iChan.

    PS. I am using the latest versions of everything.
     
  2. dragula53 macrumors regular

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    just recorded a 3 minute movie

    no stops..

    4 minutes..

    5 minutes...

    dunno what to tell ya.

    damn video conversion is slow, by the way.

    glad that isn't one of my hobbies.
     
  3. aswitcher macrumors 603

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    I thought there was a 3 minute cap on such recording, which uses 3 gigs of hardspace a minute. Not sure why the cap is there...
     
  4. superbovine macrumors 68030

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    this is from the imovie help. open the help and search for isight.


    You can record up to 9.5 minutes of video at a time, as long as you have enough disk space (a 9 minute clip takes about 3 gigabytes of disk space).
     
  5. Grimace macrumors 68040

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  6. Horrortaxi macrumors 68020

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    How much free space do you have on your hard drive? The video takes a ton of space and iMovie will behave like that when you run out of space.

    I'm not sure why there would be a 9 minute limit on iSight recording, but I also can't see why anyone would record 9 minutes straight on an iSight in the first place. But the part of me saying that is the side that has tried to edit my old home videos when I used to shoot everything. 30 minutes of video usually yields 1-2 minutes of usable footage. Shoot smarter, not longer.
     
  7. iChan thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I have 50GB free on my HD. so that should not be a problem. I also input video from Bro in law's digicam and i was able to get limitless video with that... (also, didn't need tot be converted! ugh!)

    i really don't know what it is... quite worrisome though.


    PS. I just want to record a video message for my family back home... not really an uncommon practise. with a 9+ minute limit, it would be more than enough, i also don't mind the video breaking into a number of separate clips. I just don't want it stalling!
     
  8. About2SwitchOvr macrumors regular

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    GCam.. hmmm

    I was thinking about trying this program out... Can you give us input on how it runs? Any cool features?
    Thanks!
     
  9. Grimace macrumors 68040

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    Sure, you turn it on - choose your video quality, audio quality, compression, resolution - etc. You can do anything. Snapshots too. It's free - download it and play around.
     
  10. Grimace macrumors 68040

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    Frame rate up to 60FPS. I'll post some screenshots in a second.
     
  11. Grimace macrumors 68040

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    Okay, I tried to get a bunch of different shots. shift+apple+4 is BRILLIANT! :D
     
  12. Grimace macrumors 68040

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  13. About2SwitchOvr macrumors regular

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    Absolutely Great!

    I appreciate this Carletonmusic. I'm at work now, and I'll play around with this once I get home. In the meantime.. I wonder if it has a motion detector? Like EvoCam?
    Hmmm...
     
  14. dabirdwell macrumors 6502

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    Lectures etc.

    I understand the idea of recording "smarter" rather than longer. It works great for creative projects where you can edit scenes together. I am interested in recording lectures at the University that are an hour and a half long. Fifteen minutes of conversion to DV time kind of kills any hope of capturing much of a lecture.
     
  15. Grimace macrumors 68040

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    I haven't seen that feature on this program, but I haven't looked extensively. Probably not for a free program.
     

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