iMovie Hangs on Import of MPG files

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by johnnyonthemac, Mar 30, 2012.

  1. johnnyonthemac macrumors newbie

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    Greetings all,
    Recently purchased a new macbook pro with 10.7 Lion. It does not have iDVD, so I'm trying iMovie.

    I have MPG video files from my Sony cam-corder. I've moved them from the camera to my hard drive. When I import these MPGs into iMovie, nothing happens. I see a pop-up that reads, "Optimizing Video - Processing Event iMovie-myMovies"

    Nothing happens in this popup. The progress bar never starts. It seems to Hang at this point.

    I've used iDVD on my older macbook with videos from this same camera. I never had a problem importing movies.

    Is this a codex problem. I've read that MPGs are in the MPEG-2 file-types and Mac 10.7 has problems with MPEG-2.

    Any ideas?
    Thanks,
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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    Have you tried importing into iMovie directly from the camcorder?
     
  3. johnnyonthemac thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yes, I have tried to import directly from the camera. I moved the files directly to my hard drive just for 'ease'. I can work on iMovie later and I do not need to hook up my camera each time I need a file.

    I've tried importing from the camera and the hard drive a few times each, "just to see if maybe it will work *this time*. But, alas, it hangs each time from both MPG file locations.
     
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  5. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    Which model Sony camcorder?
     
  6. johnnyonthemac thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Which model sony cam corder?

    It is a SONY HandyCam. 2000x Digital Zoom 70x extended zoom.
    model # DCR-SX65

    1 year old.
     
  7. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    OK. Your camcorder records video files on Flash Memory 4GB or optionally on any of several versions of Memory Stick Duo. These are standard resolution files, 720x480/60i, in MPEG2-PS. Despite the name, MPEG2-PS is not limited to MPEG 2 video format. MPEG2-PS video may be MPEG-1, any of several versions of MPEG-2, or even MPEG-4.

    As simsaladimbamba said, you should use MPEG Streamclip to transcode your video files into AIC or DV. If the internal format of the video is [MPEG-1 or] MPEG-4, then MPEG Streamclip will handle your files with no additional software. If the files are MPEG-2, then you need the MPEG 2 Playback Component. It is my understanding that it is included with Lion.

    Try it. Report back.
     

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