Is it possible at all to import MPG into iMovie?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by iSamurai, Apr 19, 2008.

  1. iSamurai macrumors 65816


    Nov 9, 2007
    ɹǝpun uʍop 'ǝuɐqsı&#

    AFAIK iMovie only allows me to import MOV files and edit... which is a hassle to convert all my MPG video clips to MOV using QT Pro. Can't iMovie read MPG clips at all? Edit: So there's no way of importing MPG after a bit of research... :mad: For once Windows Movie Maker actually outruns iMovie... o_O

    I tried using QT Pro to convert them to AVI/MOV but there's no sound! What's happening?

    Any solutions would be appreciated.
  2. MisterMe macrumors G4


    Jul 17, 2002
    You are totally confused. .mov is the preferred export format of iMovie, not its required import format. Remember that this app is the amateur video editor of choice. It imports video directly from miniDV/HDV camcorders over FireWire. These use the DV or HDV format. As a general rule, iMovie can handle video in any format for which you have a QuickTime codec.

    MPG files are usually multiplexed (aka muxed) MPEG-1 files. This means that they have a single track with both the audio and video data. To edit these files, you need to demux them. A demuxing utility separates the audio from the video.
  3. TheReef macrumors 68000


    Sep 30, 2007
    NSW, Australia.
    I ran into the same problem attempting to copy clips from an old sony still camera into iMovie.

    This is a really bad workaround but what I did was use Wiretap pro to create a separate audio track whilst I played the video in quicktime, then import that sound into iMovie.
  4. iSamurai thread starter macrumors 65816


    Nov 9, 2007
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    Thanks for the two replies. I eventually found a way to convert the clips retaining much quality (almost no compression) with MPEG Streamclip. It worked like a bomb and sound was also converted.

    I eventually converted them to QT with H264 at maximum quality. The result is great, although the file size is about a third larger than the original.
  5. cfs macrumors 6502a

    Feb 8, 2008
    I',m also looking to do what you accomplished. Did you use Quick Time Pro or just plain 'ol Quicktime?

  6. killmoms macrumors 68040


    Jun 23, 2003
    Washington, DC
    Windows Movie Maker just indulges bad editing habits by allowing you to use non-editing formats.

    As a rule, delivery formats like muxed, interframe MPEG should not be used for editing (I will grudgingly make exceptions for high-bitrate formats like AVCHD or HDV, but I'm no fan). :mad:
  7. QuarterSwede macrumors G3


    Oct 1, 2005
    Colorado Springs, CO
    Not everyone is a pro. We just want our crappy home videos to look a bit better so we can archive them and share them on the net with family. That's me at least.
  8. danielwsmithee macrumors 65816

    Mar 12, 2005
    If cameras record to that format iMovie should support it. This is the most common complaint I hear about iMovie is it won't edit/import muxed video files that are recorded on peoples cameras/phones.

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