iMovie won't import anything. Ever.

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by JulesKD, Apr 21, 2010.

  1. JulesKD macrumors newbie

    Apr 21, 2010
    Hi there everyone,

    So, I've seen tons of threads about iMovie only working with certain video file extensions and not others. Trouble is, my iMovie doesn't work with any file, ever. The files show up as "importable" when I go to import them, but then they simply don't import. When I try clicking and dragging them like the program says to, they "bounce back" to where they were. When I click on "last import" it shows up empty.

    When I click on "import" it acts as if it's going to work, and an icon reading "new event" shows up, but when I highlight (or click, or double click, or right-click, or anything) that icon, the message reads, "No matching video. Chose a different option from the Show pop-up menu" etc.

    I've been trying for months! I love to make videos and with Vegas on Windows I never had any trouble.

    Files that iMovie won't import: AVI, MP4, MP3, MPG, MKV, WMV, SFK, and no song files, either.

    My Mac is an iMac OS X version 10.5.8

    I called the local Apple store and the lady there told me that I shouldn't be trying to use any videos other than ones I'd shot from my own camera anyway. :/

    Any help?

    Thanks a ton,

  2. John Doe 57 macrumors 65816

    John Doe 57

    Jan 26, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    Right. If the video is purchased and downloaded from say iTunes or somewhere, the video is Copyright Protected. Same goes for the music.

    If you have actual DVD's, you can rip them and then import them into iMovie.

    Found this:
  3. JulesKD thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 21, 2010

    Thanks. But, yeah, iMovie still doesn't work with anything at all.
  4. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
    forlod bygningen
    Have you taken a look at MRoogle and read any of the "how to import this or that video into iMovie?" threads?

    iMovie, like many other editing applications, does not work with every video file container (.avir, .mp4, .mkv) and codec (Divx, H264, MPEG-2), so in oder to use those files, you may need to transcode them first to something useable via MPEG Streamclip. The DV and Apple Intermediate Codec are fine solutions for that.

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