Video Editing: Did I ask to much?

Discussion in 'iPad Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by TV-PressPass, Apr 1, 2011.

  1. TV-PressPass macrumors newbie

    Apr 1, 2011
    I've got a tech problem. This is rare, because I'm a pretty techy guy and most times I can sort things out.

    My ipad is struggling with some video imports. The only reason I bought an iPad 2 was to use imovie and well . . .

    I'm a journalist. I'm embedding with the armed forces. I want to be able to shoot video on my Sony CX110, pull the SD card out, transfer that video onto the ipad. Then edit it, lay down some basic voice over, and upload the footage directly to youtube/vimeo.

    I didn't think this was a super hard idea. But my lowest camera output is an MPG file, that while the ipad 2 can see and import this file from the SD card reader, I cannot view or edit it in any way.

    Is there an app that will let me work around this? I understand that I can run an MPG or even a nice high rez MTS file through a desktop converter that will let me play (and maybe edit?) on the ipad. But there isn't space in the back of an armoured vehicle for my desktop, or even a laptop really. Part of why the ipad was my first choice.

    Did I make the wrong purchase? Or is there some way to jump the MPEG gap and get those files into imovie? Thanks for any and all help.

  2. Stovepiper macrumors member

    Feb 27, 2011
    The short answer is, for now, iMovie for iPad generally only works with video clips taken with the iPad 2. That probably isn't what you want to hear and I feel your pain.

    For the longer answer, or at least some discussion on the matter, see my thread here:

    I feel Apple will eventually make the process of editing clips from other cameras easier on the iPad but for now it's a pain and requires a separate computer for conversion.
  3. entatlrg macrumors 68040


    Mar 2, 2009
    Waterloo & Georgian Bay, Canada
    MacBook Air with 4gb ram would be much easier and faster for you, put it in a spec case for protection and you'd have decent mobile power in a lightweight package.
  4. mullman macrumors 6502


    Jan 13, 2004
    For easiest compatibility shoot with a camera that records using H.264.
  5. Stovepiper macrumors member

    Feb 27, 2011
    I've yet to hear of a non-IOS device producing video that is directly editable with iMovie/iPad. Do you know of a specific camera that does this?

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