Normal importing time

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by VforVelveta, Jul 28, 2007.

  1. VforVelveta macrumors regular

    VforVelveta

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    I have a 2.33 GHz MBP C2D, and I'm planning on stitching together a couple video clips. Currently they are all in .mp4 format, each about 5-7 minutes long. I dragged them all into iMovie and it says its going to take about half an hour to import them. I know video stuff can take a while, but is this normal?
     
  2. 66217 Guest

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    Yeah, it do takes some time to import the clips.
     
  3. -DH macrumors 65816

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    It's normal when you're trying to import a non-standard video format for editing. MPEG-4 is really a delivery format, not intended for further editing. Since by default, iMovie uses .DV or HDV, you should convert to one of those prior to importing.

    -DH
     
  4. Cromulent macrumors 603

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    ffmpegX is a good program to convert video files to DV format.
     

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