How do I open my 50Gb of GoPro footage in iMovie?

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  1. alexjholland macrumors 6502

    May 3, 2011
    Last week whilst snowboarding, I took out my GoPro HD Hero 2 and collected a few hour's footage each day.

    I now have around 50Gb of footage in 720p/60fps and would like to edit it in iMovie '11.

    I think this is a pretty simple request. What the Merry HELL am I meant to do?

    I expected to be able to browse to my external 4tb hard-drive within iMovie and see it sitting there ready to edit. Apparently not.

    I then clicked on 'import' on just ONE folder (it's divided into five, Monday-Friday) and it took two hours to 'import', then won't even turn up in the browser anyway (even I can see hideously large .mov copies of these files in Finder.

    Why on EARTH should I be doing anything more than browsing to my footage on my external hard-drive and editing it straight into my film?

    What am I meant to do?
  2. Dave Braine macrumors 68040

    Dave Braine

    Mar 19, 2008
    Warrington, UK
    iMovie can't cope with 60fps video. Don't use GoPro myself but google came up with this post:

    iMovie will convert your video to Quicktime, using the Apple Intermediate Codec. This works out at about 10Gb per hour for Standard Definition video. What it is for HD video, I don't know, but it will be a lot more.
  3. alexjholland thread starter macrumors 6502

    May 3, 2011
    Just got Final Cut Pro X and am converting it to 'optimised media' as we speak.. Will see how it turns out!

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