iMovie Newbie - only import small portion of video?

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  1. paulobrad macrumors regular

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    I'm using iMovie 6 and looking to edit just a small portion of a very long movie. When I import the move it takes ages (over 130 mins). If I know I'm only going to want a small bit of the importing file is there an easier way of doing this?

    Cheers.
     
  2. Much Ado macrumors 68000

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    I'd split your movie into scenes, and edit individually. Best not to have an enormous timeline.
     
  3. paulobrad thread starter macrumors regular

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    mmm, nah - File>Import and find the movie i want, then clicking Open gives me the "Importing Files" status bar as it imports the entire movie - taking AGES. Looking for a way of saying only the small bits I need.

    Any clearer?
     
  4. bluefiberoptics macrumors regular

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    this may be only in Quicktime Pro, but I believe you can mark the beginning and end of a clip you want. Then save that clip.
     
  5. Much Ado macrumors 68000

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    Yeah, so you've got a massive movie, and hence a massive timeline. I'd open that file up (i know, it takes ages) and then copy/paste scenes into their own project files, so that in the future you can edit specific bits at a time.
     

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