What's a good alternative to iPhoto?

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  1. tpcollins macrumors member

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    I have the 13" MacBook Pro with iPhoto and it works for what I want it to. I have several brands of trail cams used for hunting and when I go to load the SD cards to iPhoto, pictures load fine but videos won't - says the format is not recognized.

    But I can load the same videos onto my wife's ancient Dell Ispiron and they load fine. Just wondering if I need to change a setting in iPhoto or is there an alternative program I could use to replace iPhoto? Thanks.
     
  2. Mike in Kansas macrumors 6502a

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    What format is the video in? Is there a chance that they are capturing in WMV (a Windows video format) as opposed to QT or mp4?
     
  3. tpcollins thread starter macrumors member

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    Actually I have a Browning cam that the videos upload just fine, it's the Bushnell cam that I have a problem with. I checked the Bushnell manual and it says it should play on both Windows and a Mac, but it gave a website to download if there's issues with the Mac - http://www.divx.com/ - well see how it works the next time. The manual didn't indicate the format it was operating on. Thanks.
     
  4. Mike in Kansas macrumors 6502a

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    Looks like the manuals on the Bushnell site indicate .avi quite frequently. That is not a Mac-friendly format. Best thing to do would be to download a free converter and convert to Quicktime. You could also see if iMovie can import these and convert to Quicktime.
     
  5. fisherking macrumors 601

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    .avi? no need to convert, seems like a lot of extra work. you can play avi's with vlc, or mplayer, or...lots of players out there. check out macupdate.com, or google. vlc works great here..
     
  6. Mike in Kansas macrumors 6502a

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    I was assuming he wanted to edit, or at least play natively in something like iPhoto. However, you are right; VLC will work fine for playing videos in a folder structure versus in an image/video manager.
     
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  8. fisherking macrumors 601

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    imovie is a movie-making app, not an organizational app like iphoto. the OP can keep all his movies in a folder (even, in the OS-designated Movies folder in his Home folder!), and set them to open in VLC (or mplayer, etc).
     
  9. Mike in Kansas macrumors 6502a

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    iMovie is no less an organizational app than iPhoto. As a matter of fact, they are BOTH organization and post-processing apps. Just like iPhoto, iMovie can create events, allow you to organize and view, share to social media or other viewing platforms, and make edits on a clip-by-clip basis that does not require making a project.
     
  10. fisherking macrumors 601

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    got it!
     

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