iMovie is cutting in wrong place and labelling my PAL clips as NTSC :(

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by RedTomato, Apr 17, 2007.

  1. RedTomato macrumors 68040


    Mar 4, 2005
    .. London ..
    I run iMovie HD on 10.3.9 on a PB15 1.5GHZ.

    Recently I've been noticing some odd bugs in my iMovie e.g.

    - Imported some PAL footage, start cutting, then notice all my cuts have been made in the wrong place in the timeline, sometimes up to 5 minutes away from where I actually made them!

    After putting clips in and out of the trash a few times, the cut points finally got put back to where they should be.

    This has happened a few times :(

    My latest problem:

    - Saved my project then closed iMovie. When I restarted, all my clips were gone! found them in the iMovie trash, but all my edit work has gone :( I have to re-cut!

    - After moving files back from trash, they are now labelled as NTSC. Nooo! they are PAL! How can I relabel them as PAL?

    Do I need to re-import my footage again?

    More fundamentally, is my iMovie application hosed?

    Thanks if you can help please.
  2. MOFS macrumors 65816


    Feb 27, 2003
    Durham, UK
    Regarding the NTSC/ PAL problem, make sure you set the default framerate to PAL in the iMovie ----> Preferences section. It might be by defualt set to NTSC.
  3. RedTomato thread starter macrumors 68040


    Mar 4, 2005
    .. London ..
    Aye, that was the first thing I checked. There's nothing there about PAL / NTSC. Odd. I remember there being something there before.

    Any other suggestions?
    Penzance / Penwith born and bred here, now ex-pat in dark smoky London. Mebyon Kernow rules :)
  4. KeithPratt macrumors 6502a

    Mar 6, 2007
    I've got a problem with iMovie cutting in the wrong place too. It's doing it with HDV (or, more accurately, AIC) footage. Haven't noticed it on DV, but I haven't used that recently.

    It seems to be cutting less than a second away from where I'm telling it to, and it's cutting in the same wrong place each time I attempt the same cut (e.g. I attempt to cut at 00:04:26:07 and it seems to always cut at 00:04:26:18).

    We seem to be on the same metaphorical "boat" on one issue. So I can't really help you can I?!


    Oh, and I'm running 10.4.9 (it was doing it in 10.4.8) on a MacBook.

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