Why can't I import avi files to iMovie

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  1. pstrauss macrumors newbie

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    I want to edit a video file that is in avi format on iMovie since I don't have any other video editing software and figure that I'll make some use out of the program. But when I go to File > Import Movies... I can import .mov files, but not avi?? Why? And can I fix this?
     
  2. shwc macrumors regular

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    In order to do video editing using the Quicktime program, you need to purchase the pro version of Quicktime (I believe). To purchase the pro version: launch quicktime, using the quicktime menu select "Buy Quicktime," $29(?).

    You will also need to install the codecs for msWindows avi (& wmv) files
    Perian
    flip4mac

    See the macrumor beginner's guide media section, section 3.1 for additional links.
     
  3. j26 macrumors 65832

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    iSquint (free) will convert the avi's to mp4, and then you can import them.
     
  4. The Lukio macrumors newbie

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    .VOB to imovie

    How do you convert .vob to imovie for editing?
     
  5. mrx5000 macrumors newbie

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    imovie doesn't import mp4 movie, or anything for that matter

    imovie is **** and the people that developed it are ****ing retards. worst piece of software ever invented. in fact, all "ilife" software is garbage.

    best answer: delete imovie and use something else to make movies.
     
  6. kolax macrumors G3

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    You resurrected an old thread just to say that? *shows the back door*
     
  7. sickmacdoc macrumors 68020

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    Even worse- he/she registered on this forum to make that their only post. :rolleyes:
     
  8. dayneoram macrumors member

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    I'm guessing he's a windows fanboy...
     
  9. spinnerlys Guest

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    Dito.

    How do you people come by old threads and resurrect them? Has it to do with post count?
     
  10. NXTMIKE macrumors 6502

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    you can plug it through Handbrake, and it will convert it to the file format of your choice.
     
  11. simsaladimbamba

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    But there are not many choices, only .m4v and .mp4 and .mkv as container and only MPEG-4 codecs for video.
    MPEG Streamclip is the better alternative, as it offers more containers and codecs, especially as iMovie needs its footage in DV or AIC anyway and transcodes importing video to that. Using Handbrake and .mp4 would add an additional transcoding process and degradation might be more than possible.
     

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