video editing - imovie and iphoto

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  1. bcnmac macrumors member

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    Hi,

    I was hoping I could get some feedback based on your experiences. I have all my pics and videos from our iphones in my iphoto library.

    I want to edit the videos through imovie. There is a lot of superfluous video from all the iphone videos. But it seems like I can reject part of the the clips that come from iphoto.

    Is there a better way to organize the media files? I tried importing an iphone video into imovie, but it seemed to get transcoded into a larger file.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Dave Braine macrumors 68040

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    iMovie is designed for editing your video clips, rather than storing them, which is why they end up in iPhoto when you import from your iPhone.

    I make a Project in iMovie of just the bits that I want, then Export As a Movie, store that in the Movies folder and then delete the imported clips from iPhoto.
     
  3. bcnmac thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for the reply.

    So you delete your iphone videos from iphoto once you have a edited video? Do you reimport this to iphoto for syncing?

    I meant to say before, imovie will NOT let you reject iphoto clips. That is my frustration also. There are standalone videos in iphoto (kids, trips) that are cool, but with a worthless minute at the end.

    I hoped I could multitask in imovie (edit videos together and clean up clips) but I have not been able to figure out how.
     
  4. Dave Braine macrumors 68040

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    In general, yes.

    If you mean synching back to your iPhone, I don't bother, but you'd probably need to put the finished movies into iTunes to do that, not iPhoto.
     
  5. bcnmac thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for your reply.

    I guess I'll have to edit the videos and then delete the originals. Do you know if the rendering time is quick? Does the quality change? It seems laborious for a trim. (it just seems counterintuitive).

    I'm not trying to edit them together, rather I'm trying to clean them up. It's unfortunate that I can't do that from imovie.

    I'll import them back into iphoto to keep all the kiddie pics together.

    Thanks again!
     
  6. Dave Braine macrumors 68040

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    I think you mean iPhoto, because you can certainly do that from iMovie.

    If you open a movie from within iPhoto, it opens in Quicktime. Quicktime has a Trim function, so you might like to try that. See here:
    http://www.mactips.info/2009/10/how-to-trim-a-movie-with-quicktime-player-10
     
  7. bcnmac thread starter macrumors member

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    Wow! Great idea. I didn't even think about that.

    What I said about imovie, though, still stands. The clips I import into imovie I can trim and reject sections of. The iphoto clips in imovie I cannot. It would be great if the Quicktime idea was incorporated transparently into iMovie.

    However, your idea at least gives me a workflow.

    Thanks again!
     

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