iMovie import issues please help!

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  1. JLatte macrumors 6502

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    The file could not be imported: The file “Macintosh HD/Users/Clip 03.mov” can’t be imported; QuickTime couldn’t parse it: -2048

    I've searched through these forums and all over google and can't find a solution.

    I recorded a movie in iMovie with an external iSight on my macbook (used external rather than built in for flexibility with camera not being attached to monitor). After creating the movie I "THINK" what happened is I went to view the clip, however I accidentally double clicked it, saved it as clip 03.mov and when I tried to view it, it disappeared.

    It wasn't in my iMovie trash, however, it was in my mac Trash bin. I go to the trash, find a Clip 03.mov file, drag it out of the bin and try to open it with quicktime, it says "The movie can't be opened".

    When I try to open the movie with iMovie, or import with iMovie, I get the following error: The file could not be imported: The file “Macintosh HD/Users/Josh/Documents/Clip 03.mov” can’t be imported; QuickTime couldn’t parse it: -2048

    I know this clip03.mov is the correct file because the modified dates and info are exactly correct as to when I filmed it. I've already tried Squared 5 encoder program to see if it could open my file, nothing seems to work. I really need this movie, is there anything I can do?

    Thanks so much in advance!
     
  2. JLatte thread starter macrumors 6502

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    By the way...

    ok, update, not sure if this helps but:

    I downloaded and ran VLC (which I read could help determine what codec it's trying to use?) and when I tried to open the file the error log says: "mp4: MP4 plugin discarded (no moov box)"

    The entire log is here, if it helps:

    main debug: pre-buffering done 1408981 bytes in 0s - 351368 kbytes/s
    main debug: creating demux: access='file' demux='' path='/Users/.../Documents/Clip 03.mov'
    main debug: looking for demux2 module: 44 candidates
    mp4 debug: found Box: mdat size 32
    mp4 debug: skip box: "mdat"
    mp4 debug: found Box: wide size 8
    mp4 debug: skip box: "wide"
    mp4 debug: found an empty box (null size)
    mp4 debug: dumping root Box "root"
    mp4 debug: | + mdat size 32
    mp4 debug: | + wide size 8
    mp4 debug: file type box missing (assuming ISO Media file)
    mp4 error: MP4 plugin discarded (no moov box)
     
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  4. VanNess macrumors 6502a

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    I'm having a hard time understanding exactly what you did here, usually you just press the play button when you want to view a finished movie in iMovie. In any event, something seems to have been corrupted.

    Your best bet would be to navigate to the iMovie project file that was created when you made the movie. It's normally located in your Movies folder. Once you locate the project file, right click it and select package contents. In the window that appears, open the media folder and you should see a number of different clips in there that comprise your whatever movie edits and effects. You should also see your original movie in there as it was imported, or in your case, captured with your cam. Copy that file to the desktop and see of you can open it with Quicktime.
     
  5. JLatte thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I'm starting to think the .mov was corrupted too. I have 2 movies in my imovie project file, and this movie would have been the 3rd, however it doesn't show up in the package contents. The file that you're talking about copying to the desktop, somehow I found in my trash but I moved it to the desktop but Quicktime says it can't open the file. Specifically, "Error opening movie. The movie could not be opened." from Quicktime. Thanks for the reply, wish I could just get this movie to play.
     
  6. bgcameron macrumors newbie

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    QuickTime

    I need help with another QuickTime import. I have video files (.mov) that I have downloaded from UnitedStreaming.com. When I browse for one to put into my iMovie 8, they are grayed out and not available. Neither can I drag and drop. Any ideas?
     

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