Importing 1080i AVCHD to iMovie 09

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by pika2000, Apr 12, 2010.

  1. pika2000 macrumors 68030

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    Through my research of finding a camcorder, I come up with this question. How does iMovie 09 interact with 1080i AVCHD video? I see there's an option to import it as 960x540. Now if I did that, would iMovie automatically de-interlace the video? If it does, then what would happen to the original video? If iMovie 09 downscale the video, then what would it use for the 720p output?

    So many questions, and it's hard combing through the anecdotal experiences online.
     
  2. hatetea58 macrumors newbie

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    u can import a copy of your video file to iMovie 09, and then see what will happen. :eek:
     
  3. pika2000 thread starter macrumors 68030

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    That's assuming I have a 1080i camcorder already, which I don't. ;)
     
  4. Magaman macrumors regular

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    I can't really comment on how iMovie handles it, but I know importing AVCHD content into FCP has been a breeze. FCP transcodes it to my choice of Apple codecs. Though since iMovie 09 only supports up to 720p, you might just want to find a camera that does 720p native. Otherwise you mgiht want to look at Final Cut Express instead of iMovie
     
  5. pika2000 thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Well, thing is, it seems impossible to do that (other than the flip-like camcorders or digicams). Pretty much all HD camcorders seem to record in 1080i without the option to reduce it.
     
  6. Mac_Max macrumors 6502

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    iMovie HD ('06) can handle 1080 video just fine. I prefer it over iMovie '09. Personally I find '09's interface to be more difficult to use than Final Cut Pro so I use either FCP or iMovie HD.

    Edit: if you google around for iMovie HD there are download sites with it available. Before iMovie 09 came out Apple used to provide iMovie HD for free to address some issues with iMovie 09.
     
  7. hatetea58 macrumors newbie

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    it seems that iMovie 06 can support AVCHD files, only 08 and 09 can support AVCHD files while they cant support 1080i. It is annoying.
     
  8. miikap macrumors newbie

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    what do you mean that they can't support 1080i? At least videos from my HF200 (1080i50) works ok on iMovie 09.
     
  9. hatetea58 macrumors newbie

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    Look at what Magaman said:
    :confused:
     
  10. miikap macrumors newbie

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    But that isn't true. If we really are talking about iMovie 09... At least I don't have any problems importing 1080i or 1080p material.
     
  11. hatetea58 macrumors newbie

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    I think he is also talking about iMovie 09. Anyway, i havent used iMovie 09, so i have no idea about it. :D
     
  12. bearcatrp macrumors 68000

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    iMovie 6HD will not import AVCHD. Already tried it. I use iMovie 8 which supports AVCHD. Since all iMovie packages imports to AIC, I can move what I imported in iMovie 8 to iMovie 6HD. iMovie 8 & 9 does support 1080i. I import from my Sony SR11 all the time, which is 1080i.
     
  13. pika2000 thread starter macrumors 68030

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    When you import the 1080i clip to iMovie09, what does it do? Does it de-interlace it? And I assume iMovie09 will transcode the video to AIC during import?
     
  14. hatetea58 macrumors newbie

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    Well, have u try to import 1080p to imovie08 or 09? will it work?
     

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