iMovie: format required?

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  1. non-poster macrumors newbie

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    Location:
    seattle
    #1
    What audio and video format is required for importing a file into iMovie? My digital still camera's movie files are apparently mjpeg with pcm audio, but iMovie doesn't give the option to import them. None of the help topics for iMovie describe the container, format, resolution, bit rate, sample rate, etc that's needed to import.

    Code:
    $ midentify movie.avi
    ID_VIDEO_ID=0
    ID_AUDIO_ID=1
    ID_CLIP_INFO_NAME0=Digitization\ Time
    ID_CLIP_INFO_VALUE0=2008/03/26/\ 21:26\ \
    ID_CLIP_INFO_NAME1=Software
    ID_CLIP_INFO_VALUE1=CASIO\ EX-Z55\ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \
    ID_CLIP_INFO_N=2
    ID_FILENAME=movie.avi
    ID_DEMUXER=avi
    ID_VIDEO_FORMAT=MJPG
    ID_VIDEO_BITRATE=1991288
    ID_VIDEO_WIDTH=320
    ID_VIDEO_HEIGHT=240
    ID_VIDEO_FPS=15.001
    ID_VIDEO_ASPECT=0.0000
    ID_AUDIO_FORMAT=17
    ID_AUDIO_BITRATE=44704
    ID_AUDIO_RATE=0
    ID_AUDIO_NCH=0
    ID_LENGTH=33.40
    ID_VIDEO_CODEC=ffmjpeg
    ID_AUDIO_BITRATE=44800
    ID_AUDIO_RATE=11025
    ID_AUDIO_NCH=1
    ID_AUDIO_CODEC=imaadpcm
    Code:
    $ mplayer  -frames 0 -ao null -vo null movie.avi
    MPlayer dev-SVN-rUNKNOWN-4.1.2 (C) 2000-2008 MPlayer Team
    CPU: AMD Sempron(tm) Processor 2800+ (Family: 15, Model: 44, Stepping: 2)
    CPUflags:  MMX: 1 MMX2: 1 3DNow: 1 3DNow2: 1 SSE: 1 SSE2: 1
    Compiled for x86 CPU with extensions: MMX MMX2 3DNow 3DNowEx SSE SSE2
    
    Playing movie.avi
    AVI file format detected.
    [aviheader] Video stream found, -vid 0
    [aviheader] Audio stream found, -aid 1
    VIDEO:  [MJPG]  320x240  24bpp  15.001 fps  1991.3 kbps (243.1 kbyte/s)
    Clip info:
     Digitization Time: 2008/03/26/ 21:26
     Software: CASIO EX-Z55
    ==========================================================================
    Opening video decoder: [ffmpeg] FFmpeg's libavcodec codec family
    Selected video codec: [ffmjpeg] vfm: ffmpeg (FFmpeg MJPEG decoder)
    ==========================================================================
    ==========================================================================
    Opening audio decoder: [imaadpcm] IMA ADPCM audio decoder
    AUDIO: 11025 Hz, 1 ch, s16le, 44.8 kbit/25.40% (ratio: 5600->22050)
    Selected audio codec: [imaadpcm] afm: imaadpcm (IMA ADPCM)
    ==========================================================================
    AO: [null] 11025Hz 1ch s16le (2 bytes per sample)
    ...
     
  2. killmoms macrumors 68040

    killmoms

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    Washington, DC
    #2
    iMovie only really appreciates three formats: DV, HDV, and AVCHD.
     
  3. mackindergarten macrumors 6502

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    Feb 21, 2008
    #3
    Hi,

    do you have Flip4Mac and Perian installed? Can you play the movies from your camera in QuickTime Player?

    /Rupert
     
  4. DaveF macrumors 6502a

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    Aug 29, 2007
    Location:
    NoVA
    #4
    I have a similar problem: my digital camera uses MPEG, which iMovie 08 can't read. I use MPEG StreamClip to convert the video to H.264 (QuickTime) for iMovie to import.
     
  5. MARTB macrumors newbie

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    Jan 28, 2008
    Location:
    Barrington Illinois
    #5
    Hey THANKS!..perfect timing. StreamClip works great!
     

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