Trimmed .Mov File Wont Import to iMovie

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by GodricGal, Dec 14, 2011.

  1. GodricGal macrumors newbie

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    I'm in the middle of a school project and needed a clip from a favorite film noir to showcase. I chose a scene from "The Sweet Smell of Success", and used 'trim' to extract the clip. I then went back to iMovie to incorporate it into my project. . . except I couldn't. It couldn't even select.

    I used Quicktime Player 10, the clip was .mov (original file .m4v) and I was attempting to import it into iMovie '09 (8.0.6).

    Any help?

    I'd really appreciate it. :)
     
  2. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    .mov is just a wrapper. The video is still a .m4v mp4 video using whichever codec was used to create it.

    It wasn't a protected file, was it?
     
  3. GodricGal thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Ah! Right.

    And no it wasn't protected. I can actually import the whole movie fine, I just didn't want to waste the time & space. Do I need to convert the file? If so, what program would you suggest. I don't want to loose any quality. . .
     
  4. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

    r.j.s

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    If you don't want to lose quality, then import the whole file.

    Otherwise, use MPEGStreamClip to convert it to a different type.
     
  5. GodricGal thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I'll download the converter. Importing the whole movie would take well over an hour, and I'm short on time.

    Many thanks for being so quick to answer the question. ;)
     
  6. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    It's going to take time to convert and import the clip as well.
     
  7. cgbier macrumors 6502a

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    ... and in MPEG Streamclip you also can set an in and out point for export. You don't have to get the whole movie into iMovie.
    Export as AIC.
     

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