iMovie won't read video from Fuji Discs?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by teachthd, Dec 28, 2008.

  1. teachthd macrumors newbie

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    I recently purchased a Macbook to handle home movies and photos. I use a Sony DCR-DVD105 Mini-disc camcorder and I recently bought a Sony external drive/burner to import the discs into iMovie. The videos that I took on Sony brand discs opened right away in iMovie. The cheaper Fuji discs however will not open. I tried to use Handbrake and now the videos will open in iTunes but still won't open in iMovie. Any help would be appreciated. Type slowly, I'm not very tech savvy.
     
  2. -DH macrumors 65816

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    Handbrake is the wrong tool for this type of job. It was designed to convert DVD-Video into other delivery formats - NOT to convert for editing. iMovie doesn't work with MPEG-4 natively.

    You can use DVDxDV or MPEG Streamclip to convert the DVD's VOB files into an editable format. For iMovie, that would be a dv stream (.dv).

    As for the Fuji discs, are you absolutely certain that you finalized the discs in-camera before trying them on your Mac?

    -DH
     
  3. teachthd thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I did finalize the discs and they work in my DVD player and will play on my computer, I just can't get them to open in iMovie. They will play in iTunes (which I don't understand why?) and in iDVD.

    So do I need to download another program?
     
  4. -DH macrumors 65816

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    iMovie isn't a DVD player. You'll have to convert the DVD's footage to a format that works natively in iMovie.

    DVD-Video is made of highly compressed MPEG-2 video that has been multiplexed with the audio and specially formatted as VOB files. iMovie cannot edit those natively.

    -DH
     

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