Can't import anything into iMovie '09

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by JamesLJ, Oct 5, 2009.

  1. JamesLJ macrumors newbie


    Apr 9, 2009
    Champlin, MN
    I've tried all of the following things:

    1) Using Roxio's Easy VHS to DVD to convert my old home videos (they save as .mpg files)
    2) Using my Nikon CoolPix to shoot videos (they save as .avi files)
    3) Using my iPhone 3GS to shoot videos (they save as .mov files)

    None of these will import into iMovie. I've tried the drag and drop method as well as the file>import method. And in the Roxio program they have an "export to iMovie" button. I get an error message every time. In the case of the .avi files it says error -43, in the export form Roxio it says error -5000. The .mov files don't produce an error message, but when I attempt to import, nothing happens (if I import from the file menu the status bar pops up and immediately disappears with no progress). Any ideas?
  2. j4meswsa macrumors newbie

    Oct 8, 2009
  3. thewallbanger macrumors newbie

    Nov 27, 2007
    Download the free program called MPEG Streamclip. Drag your video file into the Streamclip and select File --> Encode to Quicktime. In the next menu select the format "Apple Intermediate Codec" (AIC). Then click Run.

    The converted file will be playable in iMovie 09.

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