Problems importing video: one huge clip

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by RingoJohn, Sep 30, 2007.

  1. RingoJohn macrumors newbie

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    Hi. I'm trying to use iMovie HD 6.0.3 for the first time. I hooked up a firewire cable to my Panasonic PV-GS80 and clicked "import" and it came across as a single 15-minute clip. It didn't break it into separate clips each time I had pressed stop or pause. The preferences are set up to do each clip separately. Any suggestions? Or will I have to manually cut a lot of clips before I can start editing? Many thanks.
     
  2. huntercr macrumors 65816

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    I have seen this happen before too. I don't know if Apple doesn't detect 'scene breaks' right with some cameras or what. ( I assume when you say you "had pressed stop or pause, you mean when you were filming and not when you were capturing )

    As a work around, just capture the clip and then move the play head to the scene break and use the Split clip command ( Cmd-T ). Successive splits will get you what you want.

    Good luck!
     
  3. zali0n macrumors regular

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    How do you do that on iMovie 08? All that command does is open the fonts menu.
     
  4. Guligulipatole macrumors newbie

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    I have just experienced the same problem, importing from a Panasonic NV-GS400. The mystery is that I successfully imported this tape from the same camera, some months ago. I have checked preferences, and import is set to detect scene changes. I am trying to back up many hours of film, and it is no simple solution to suggest that I now work through these very long imports, cutting them manually. The files will of course be backed up, but very hard to use.
     
  5. huntercr macrumors 65816

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    Zalion, did you even look? I'm just giving you a hard time, but the answer took me 4 seconds to find and I don't even use iMovie 008.
    It is under the "Edit" menu -> "split clip" for iMovie 08 ( no keyboard equivalent apparently )
     

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