Editing iMovie project in Final Cut - I know it's possible!

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by louisedoherty, Oct 7, 2009.

  1. louisedoherty macrumors newbie

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    Hello all,

    Would really appreciate help on iMovie/FCHDE compatibility issues...

    I've selected a load of clips in iMovie (8.0.4) which I now want to add effects that iMovie doesn't have (speeding up clips). I understand I can do this in Final Cut HD Express (3.5.1) but I can't get it to open the iMovie files.

    Here's what I've tried:

    * Exporting iMovie project to media browser and opening in FC (file goes in, says media offline)

    * Opening the iMovie project from FC (error: wrong file type)

    * Exporting the iMovie project to FC XML and opening (can't even click it)

    Any thoughts? I'm a bit out of my depth now.

    Obviously I can re-import footage into FC and re-select clips, but I'd really rather not. Oh, and I gotta get this done by the end of tomorrow :(

    If it makes any difference the footage came from a JVC Everio GZ-MG330AEK

    Thanks!

    Louise
     
  2. zoomungus macrumors member

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    export them in a quicktime movie? I have the jvc too:)
     
  3. louisedoherty thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hey zoomungus - thanks for the reply.

    If I do this the file will become one clip, yes? My problem then is that I don't know how to take multiple short clips out of one long clip, plus it'll be a total pain to do.

    If there's a way to edit in project form, as opposed to from one file, that would make life considerably easier, but if not I guess it'll have to do as you suggest.

    Any other suggestions?!

    Cheers,

    Lou
     
  4. zoomungus macrumors member

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    I know where your coming from, not sure if it will still find the breaks in the timecode..........I will look!
     
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  6. louisedoherty thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for looking into it - so just to check, when you say XML worked, you mean you:

    * Exported from iMovie using Final Cut XML from the Share menu
    * Dragged/dropped into FCHDE browser window

    And it worked?

    I got a 'non critical error' message, and 'media offline' message when I drag into viewer.

    Seems pretty critical to me!

    Lou
     
  7. louisedoherty thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I think I fixed it! Sort of! I used 'Reconnect media' in the File menu to search for the original files. Only catch is that iMovie appears to have made other files out of my original files which FC won't recognise even though they're .mov. But I can now view 98% of my project in FC, albeit in one long clip which I'll have to edit.

    But it's a damn sight further forward than before, so thanks for the help!

    If you're still awake and have any pointers on pulling out multiple short clips from one long clip in FCHDE I'd love to hear them...!

    Lou
     
  8. zoomungus macrumors member

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    Lou, Export in xml then in fc go to file, select import xml, find your file in the movie folder or wherever you saved it and select, fc will then import as a sequence, place the sequence the in timeline. Hope this helps:)

    Roy
     

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