iMovie can't find camera

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by MACDRIVE, Mar 13, 2008.

  1. MACDRIVE macrumors 68000


    Feb 17, 2006
    Clovis, California
    PowerBook G4 Ti 800Mhz DVI
    Nikon Coolpix P2
    OS 10.3.9

    I've got a 14 minute video recorded on a Coolpix P2. When I plug the camera into the USB port, iPhoto immediately launches and sees the camera just fine; however, iMovie doesn't see the camera.

    The PowerBook owners manual mentions loading videos to iMovie via a Firewire cable, but the camera only has one USB port and came with a USB cable.

    I would greatly appreciate any help provided. :confused:
  2. MacFanBoyIIe macrumors 6502

    Feb 22, 2008
    Image Capture.
  3. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    The work around is to put the camera in "storage device mode". This way the camera will "loolk" like a thumb drive to the Mac. Then you drage the files off the camera.

    Buying a card reader would do the same thing.

    My guess is that your camera records video in a format iPhoto does not recognize as being video.
  4. Trip.Tucker Guest

    Mar 13, 2008
    Doesn't your movie appear in iPhoto? It should...
  5. TEG macrumors 604


    Jan 21, 2002
    Langley, Washington
    iMovie only works with Video Cameras. Still cameras with video features are treated like still cameras, and all photos and videos (which are files, not true video from a video camera) are imported into your photo software of choice. Once you find it in iPhoto, just drag it out and to to it what you want.

    You won't be able to import the video into iMovie, until you convert it to a DV stream in QuickTime (or another converter), if that is what you want to do.

  6. Fuzzy14 macrumors 65816


    Nov 19, 2006
    Renfrew, Scotland
    You didn't mention which version of iMovie you were using, I suspect it's v6 since you are running Panther. iMovie 6 doesn't directly support USB video cameras, you will need to mount the camera as a disc, copy the files off the camera and then manually import them into iMovie.

    See here and here for more info.

  7. MACDRIVE thread starter macrumors 68000


    Feb 17, 2006
    Clovis, California

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  8. BiteSizedApples macrumors newbie

    Dec 27, 2008
    Solution to Nikon coolpix L18 won't import video to Mac iPhoto

    I had this problem with iPhoto too.

    Here is the Solution to this problem from Apple Support:

    Issue or symptom
    When importing small movie files (such as .avi files) from a still camera or other device, iPhoto may unexpectedly quit.

    Check the following locations for non-Apple plug-ins:
    ~/Library/QuickTime/ (that is, the QuickTime folder inside the Library folder in your home directory)
    /Library/QuickTime/ (that is, the QuickTime folder inside the Library folder at the root level of your computer)
    Remove the non-Apple plug-ins you find in those locations.
    Log out and log back in and see if iPhoto now imports the movie files correctly. If so, contact the developer of the plug-in you removed for more information, or to see if an update to the plug-in is available.

    Further information to note:

    - iMovie HD ver 6.xx won't import video via a USB connected still camera. Learn More here....

    - Nikon Coolpix L18 is MTP/PTP protocol compatible only. There is no way to mount it as a mass storage device via the MSC protocol. Here's the transfer protocol specs for all Coolpix cameras: Learn More here....

    Hope this helps someone, I spent all day dealing with this issue.

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    set nikon L18 Mass Storage mode

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