Mac iMovie: How to find imported video resolution?

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  1. PicnicTutorials macrumors 6502a

    PicnicTutorials

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    1. How do I find the native resolution of the video I imported?
    2. If I select a clip from the bottom portion (of the program) and click share the largest it will allow me to export at is standard definition (something low). But if I instead click create > movie > and drag those same clips into the project, then I can export that same movie in HD (720 something). So what exactly is happening here? I'm guessing the native res is SD but if I do create then I can stretch it to HD? Is that about right? I'm guessing that is not preferable. Would I be right? So which brings me to my first question above.
     
  2. Macman45 macrumors demi-god

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    If you install VLC (free) for OSX, then load your video and hit the tools tab there is an option there to give you ALL the information you need.

    I don't use iMovie, so can't help with that...You'd think there would be a way of detecting the source format and size. Perhaps iMovie users will know, but VLC will definitely do the job.
     
  3. PicnicTutorials thread starter macrumors 6502a

    PicnicTutorials

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    doing...Click on one of your clips in the Event to select it (you see a yellow border on the clip). Go to File>Reveal in Finder. In Finder, right click (or control click) on the file and choose "Open in Quicktime." When the file opens in QuickTime, go to Window>Show Movie Inspector and take a screenshot of the inspector window and upload here.

    It shows me that my video res is DV/DVCPRO - NTSC, 720 x 480 (640 x 480)

    So based on that what should I be exporting it to? hd 720 or sd 640?
     

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