Importing from hard drive to iMovie

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by davehp, Sep 6, 2013.

  1. davehp macrumors newbie

    Sep 6, 2013
    When I import movie clips from my hard drive, which are in .mpg format, iMovie goes through the whole process (often up to an hour) or analyzing the video, then sometimes it goes through section of "generating the thumbnails" and placing it into the proper location in the events, but other times it skips this step, generates the new event folder that I had indicated, but the video is nowhere to be found in iTunes.

    I've now done this multiple times, and I have about a 20% success rate importing video, even though all the video was recorded in the same format with the same recorder.
  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    MPG video implies an MPEG-1 or MPEG-2 codec, which results for iMovie to transcode the video into its own format and codec (MOV using the Apple Intermediate Codec), thus it takes its time.

    I do not know, why such videos should show up in iTunes though, as iTunes is a different beast altogether.
  3. daybreak macrumors 6502a

    Sep 4, 2009
    Why did you not import your video into iMovie and used your external Hard drive as your storage format?
  4. davehp thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 6, 2013
    typo, not showing up in iMovie

    what I meant to write is that the video is then nowhere to be found in iMovie after all of the import process. The program even creates the new specified event window in the events tab, but there appears to be nothing in it.
  5. daybreak macrumors 6502a

    Sep 4, 2009
    Sorry but you lost me there. How did you import your video? Is you iMovie software loaded to import into an external Hard Drive?
  6. davehp thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 6, 2013
    importing video

    I go to File, then Import, then movies. After selecting movies, it brings up a finder window to select the file. At that point, I select the movie I want to import from my external hard drive after locating it in the finder window. Is there a better way to do this?
  7. daybreak macrumors 6502a

    Sep 4, 2009
    Right lets go back to basic. What version of iMovie do you have? (The amount of time I have asked this).
    Any form of importing a video to a pacific editing software will move you item to that software file.
    When you imported did you have iMovie open? and were did you imported your video?
    Sorry for asking basic question. In practise you should have no problem if you followed the correct procedure.:apple:
  8. Dave Braine macrumors 68040

    Dave Braine

    Mar 19, 2008
    Warrington, UK
    No. That's the only way to import movie/video files from Finder into iMovie.

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