What is the best video format for Ilife 08? my forum search got no results

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by tkjazzer, Jan 21, 2008.

  1. tkjazzer macrumors 6502

    Nov 30, 2004
    Hello, I meant Imovie 08,

    I have recorded .wmv files on parallels, and can convert to just about anything with AVS converter software.

    I am new to Ilife 08 (imovie) and want to edit video in it.

    What is the best format to use?

    What format options do I have?

    I want to post the videos on a website and have many people be able to see them.
  2. Bonsai1214 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 15, 2008
    Penfield, NY
    unless they changed it for imovie 08, the only formats accepted by imovie back in the day was .mov and .mp4. i personally recommend .mp4 because you can use a .h264 codec with it and compress it a fairly good amount. however, i'm not sure if you can do this in imovie though.

    someone can probably come and clear it up.
  3. r.j.s Moderator emeritus


    Mar 7, 2007
    For HQ, go with .dv as your input file. It is uncompressed, so it will take some space but it pays off in the end. If you cant afford the space, go h264 .mp4 files. Decent quality at decent sizes. Either way it's a trade off.
  4. Cromulent macrumors 603


    Oct 2, 2006
    The Land of Hope and Glory
    No it isn't. DV is a compressed video format.

    The best video formats for iMovie are DV, HDV or AVCHD.

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