Need Help!! iMovie '11 not importing files...

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  1. pgreen822 macrumors newbie

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    I ripped 50 home movied DVDs via Handbrake. Each ripped file is about 2GB, is in H.264 codec and .M4V format. EVERY SINGLE ONE of the files is in the exact same format and ALL open up in Quicktime. I am using a MacBook Pro with Lion OS and iMovie '11. All software is up to date. Here are my issues:

    - Some files import to iMovie just fine. Some go through the import process and then magically never show up in the Events folder. It's almost like the files just disappear!
    - I tried putting the files in the iMovie Drop Box and the same thing happened.
    - I tried converting them via "Smart Converter" and that didn't work.

    Has anyone had this issue before? I am trying to put a compilation together of the last 10 years of home movies of our children for my wife before she goes into the hospital for a major surgery.

    On another note, do you think I would have better luck with Final Cut Pro X? There is a free 30 day trial...

    Thanks,

    Pat
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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    .m4v/.mp4 files are not really an editing friendly format, due to using H.264 as codec (not an editing codec, it is a distribution codec), thus you would be better off transcoding the .m4v files with the use of MPEG Streamclip to .mov files using the Apple Intermediate Codec.
    See below for guides on how to do so:

    And FCP X would just transcode the files to .mov files using the ProRes codec, which might be more convenient for you.

    Anyway, editing friendly formats take more space, up to 15 GB per hour of video. Therefore you should have enough room on your external HDD.
     
  3. pgreen822 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks! Great info. Is there any reason why some of the files imported though? I haven't created any projects yet. Would I have run into issues then?
     
  4. simsaladimbamba

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    iMovie is a bit fickly, when it comes to .mp4 and .m4v files. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't, as evident from many threads I have seen about this, but I still don't know why it happens though.
     
  5. pgreen822 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks. So if you were me (and keeping in mind that I am pretty new at this), would you go the Final Cut Pro X route or would you reconvert via MPEG streamclip. I have about 1.5TB of space on an external hard drive, so space isn't an issue.
     
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    I would use iMovie, as FCP X is a bit expensive for your editing needs. And as you can easily make a batch list with MPEG Streamclip, you could transcode the .m4/.mp4 files over one or two nights (or maybe more, depending on your Mac).
    If you have several video files, you can use MPEG Streamclip's Batch List:
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  7. pgreen822 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    FCP X has a free 30 day trial, so I thought I would use it just for this one project. Still stick with MPEG Streamclip?
     
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    Ah, if you can learn the application and edit in 30 days, go for it. You can always go with iMovie and the steps I have shown you, of FCP X is not to your liking.
     
  9. pgreen822 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks, again... I'll give it a shot tonight.
     
  10. pgreen822 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    You are AWESOME! That did the trick. Like you mentioned, I think iMovie is very finicky about importing videos that are not already in .MOV format. I converted them first (via a batch) in MPEG streamclip and THEN imported them into iMovie. No issues at all. Thanks, again!
     

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