iMovie

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by RachelDublin, Sep 2, 2012.

  1. RachelDublin macrumors newbie

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    Hi guys,

    I just got a Macbook a couple of months ago and I need some help please with using iMovie :))

    I want to create a little movie using clips from my holidays. I downloaded them from dropbox... where they were uploaded for me by a friend. They were .mpg files at the time.

    When I found I couldn't open these in iMovie I did some google research and downloaded Any Video Converter Ultimate and converted them into .mp4 files.

    When I try import these newly converted files from Any Video Converter Ultimate into iMovie, the files appear grey and I cannot select them to import. When I try drag them in, I am told they are still incompatible.

    I have also tried moving them into iPhoto but that also tells me it's an unrecognised format...

    I just don't understand!! Can anyone help me or give advice please??
     
  2. Dave Braine macrumors 68040

    Dave Braine

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    I've not used Any Video Converter, mainly because there is any excellent alternative which is free.

    Download MPEGStreamclip, and then open your mpeg video file with it.
    http://www.squared5.com/svideo/mpeg-streamclip-mac.html

    From the File menu, choose Export to Quicktime, where you see this:

    [​IMG]

    Click on the Compression bar and choose Apple Intermediate Codec. This is the format that iMovie is designed for so it should work OK.

    [​IMG]

    Slide the Quality slider to max and then click on Make Movie.

    [​IMG]

    To import into iMovie, you can't drag and drop. From the File menu, choose Import>Movies and then navigate to your movie file.
     
  3. RachelDublin thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Re: iMovie

    Thanks so much for the help but unfortunately this still isn't working :(


    ...Beginning to think that this may be a problem with my laptop or the iMovie software on my laptop.

    I can get as far as importing them again to iMovie but their still grey and i can't select them :S
     

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