AVI files in iMovie '08

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by iViking, Mar 18, 2009.

  1. iViking macrumors 6502

    Oct 23, 2006
    Is there a way to edit AVI movie files, shot on a Nikon d90, using iMovie '08?

    If so, how do you do it?

  2. mcavjame macrumors 65816


    Mar 10, 2008
    phased to this universe
    transcode them to a usable format using mpeg streamclip or handbrake. Mpeg streamclip will create DV files (like from a camera). I am not sure, but I think iMovie will handle h.264 files which could be created with handbrake.

    Both programs are free downloads.
  3. huntercr macrumors 65816

    Jun 6, 2006
    Yes, but if you're going to convert them, convert to DV. Converting to H.264 will (1) take an eternity and (2) you'll end up with lower quality video because iMovie will just have to decompress it anyway and then recompress it.
    DV is compressed too, but way less than H.264
  4. theBB macrumors 68020


    Jan 3, 2006
    If QuickTime can play it, iMovie can handle it. It will convert it into DV itself. If you install Perian, QuickTime will most likely be able to play it even if it cannot do so out of the box.
  5. iViking thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 23, 2006
    Quicktime will play it, but iMovie '08 will not accept the file.
  6. theBB macrumors 68020


    Jan 3, 2006
    That's strange... Do you have iMovie '06? I guess Apple calls it iMovie HD.

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