Problem with .AVIs in iMovie 08

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by GarryNW, Feb 19, 2009.

  1. GarryNW macrumors newbie

    Feb 19, 2009
    Hey everyone, I have 8 720p movies which really aren't that long, totaling around 350mb. I tried to import these into iMovie 08, however it never seems to work as the event I import them into always says there is nothing in the event.

    The videos always copy across though, because after looking through the Movies folder I found them in the iMovie 08 events folder. I'm assuming this is a problem which occurs when iMovie attempts to generate thumbnails, but I'm not sure.

    If anyone knows a fix to this problem please help me out, as I would rather use iMovie 08 to edit them together than 06. Thanks!
  2. MatLane macrumors 6502a


    Sep 30, 2008
    England, United Kingdom
  3. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    Are you trying to edit together episodes of a downloaded TV show?

    I don't remember, but iMovie might not be able to handle AVI.
  4. GarryNW thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 19, 2009
    Nope, not a tv show. Just some video I took when I went on holiday last month. I never knew iMovie didn't support .avi, it let me import them "even if it didn't work".

    If it doesn't support them, anyone know where I can find a converter to convert them into .movs? I don't really need to keep the HD, I'll only be uploading it to youtube. Thanks again!
  5. GarryNW thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 19, 2009
    Seems like iMovie doesn't like .AVIs... I used iSquint to convert them to .mp4s, and although the quality isn't as great, it's still fine for youtube. I'll find a better way to do this next time I'm in this problem. Thanks everyone for your help.
  6. MisterMe macrumors G4


    Jul 17, 2002
    iMovie doesn't like anything for which you don't have the proper QuickTime codec. You should start by downloading and installing Perian. If the QuickTime Player can't tell you the formats of the audio and video tracks of your video, then I presume that iSquint can. Use that information to locate the additional codecs that you need.
  7. GarryNW thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 19, 2009
    All the videos played fine in Quicktime, and I do have Perian installed.

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