iMovie + Widescreen video

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Kimi, Feb 24, 2007.

  1. Kimi macrumors regular

    Oct 29, 2005
    Newcastle, England/ Stirling Scotland
    I'm cutting together a video from .mp4 files I've ripped from DVDs, iMovie HD 6 to put them together and edit out bits I don't want.

    The problem I'm having is importing anything in widescreen format. When I drag the video onto iMovie it gives me a waiting time of well over an hour, where as for a old 4:3 format file it takes a few second. Any way to speed this up? Or is it just something that means I've got to ditch iMovie and get something else?
  2. Super8Guy macrumors newbie

    Feb 25, 2007
    iMovie HD and mp4 files

    February 25 2007

    Hello Kim:

    In iMovie HD 6 you can start an iMovie project
    in DV. You can import your mp4 files into the
    DV Project.

    Then, if you select Pillorbox and Letterbox
    in the iMovie Preference window
    you can import HD video right into the
    iMovie DV project and the HD footage will show
    up letterboxed and can work with the
    mp4 footage iin the DV proect.

    Do a test of a short HD clip and see how long it takes.
    HD does take longer.

    The speed may be dependent upon your
    Mac speed and amount of RAM Memory.
    And it may go faster if you send all this to
    an external firewire drive used for iMovie video

    If you are willing, describe your Mac


    Super 8 Guy
  3. Kimi thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 29, 2005
    Newcastle, England/ Stirling Scotland
    First off, how come you can't post like a normal person?

    Anyway, what's DV? And why are you on about HD when I never said anything about it? Going by the fact that I can import a 4:3 file in seconds, but it takes over an hour for 16:9 you can tell that the speed of my Mac is not the problem.

    Can anyone else help?
  4. Ewan Hoozarmy macrumors regular

    Ewan Hoozarmy

    Feb 2, 2007
    Cambridge, UK

    Got into preferences in iMovie, and under the general tab change the New Project Frame Rate to 25 fps (this will select PAL, correct for UK).

    Then exit and try again. Works for me.

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