exporting clips from imovie?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by slug420, Jun 15, 2007.

  1. slug420 macrumors regular

    May 14, 2007
    So I just got my macpro and one of the main reasons is I have been dying to do some video editing with all my minidv footage from vacations and stuff and im just sick of premiere.

    FCP is on the way, but in the mean time I wanted to see what kind of capabilities imovie had and also get a head start on importing all my footage onto my computer. So I start a project with imovie, hook up my sony handycam and click import and it imports the tape dividing it into clips...like windows movie maker did...now how do I save all these clips, which I have now renamed to reflect their subject, as files on my hard disk that I can either watch on their own, or re-import to imovie or FCP for compilations?

    I tried just dragging all the clips into a folder on my desktop but im not sure if it worked. I think it maybe didnt save all the names I applied and also I think I lost those clips when I deleted them from the clip bar thingy in imovie
  2. -DH macrumors 65816

    Nov 28, 2006
    Nashville Tennessee
    While you could import iMovie clips into FCP, you'd be much better off re-logging and capturing in FCP. iMovie uses a .dv stream format that doesn't play well with FCP.

  3. diamond3 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 6, 2005
    One thing you might want to do if you plan on keeping all the video is just import it as one clip - you can change this in preferences. Mine is setup to have an hr long time limit. Once you do that, select the clips and go to the share, quicktime, and then full resolution i think is what it says and if you are only doing one clip out of many check the box in the bottom corner so it only exports the selected clips. This will create a DV file.

    The other way is go to the finder and find you movie project file you have saved and right click on it and select show package contents. Then you can go in there and find your movie clips that you've imported and copy and paste.

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