iMovie Newbie - only import small portion of video?

paulobrad

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Jun 30, 2007
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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.
 

Much Ado

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I'd split your movie into scenes, and edit individually. Best not to have an enormous timeline.
 

paulobrad

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Jun 30, 2007
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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?
 

bluefiberoptics

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Jul 23, 2005
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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.
 

Much Ado

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Sep 7, 2006
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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?
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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