video file won't import into imovie

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by Grandma4, Mar 29, 2008.

  1. Grandma4 macrumors newbie

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    I just had some old 8mm video films, (from the 70's) converted at a media house so I could edit them. I keep getting an "error during import" message when I try to bring the files into imovie. The message says "The file VIDEO_TS.IFO can’t be imported; QuickTime couldn’t parse it (-2048)."

    I have Quick Time Pro. The company that converted the old movies on to DVD tell me they are just MPEG files so I thought it would work. Any suggestions?
     
  2. maxrobertson macrumors 6502a

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    Are they on a dvd? Because if they are, use Handbrake or Mediafork to convert them. Those are DVD files and as far as I know (which isn't all that far), you can't convert the actual Video_TS files to anything useful without the DVD.
     
  3. -DH macrumors 65816

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    If you plan to edit the video, do NOT use Handbrake. Use MPEG Streamclip (freeware) to demux and convert the DVD's VOB files into whatever matches your NLE requiremments. Typically this would be DV NTSC (or PAL) for FCE and FCP or a .DV stream for iMovie.

    -DH
     

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