Why is it importing so slow?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by Edandlindz28, Jul 1, 2007.

  1. Edandlindz28 macrumors regular

    Apr 26, 2007
    My wife is using the HV20 connected to the iBook(see sig), using iMovie 5 and she says it is importing at "1/8 second per actual time". Is that normal? It is hooked via FW. Do I need the updated iMovie HD? I am not there, so I can't play with it. Any help would be great. Thanks.
  2. bozigle macrumors regular

    my HV-10 is going at 1/2 on my G5 imac with imovie6.

    Maybe you're better off updating directly to FCE instead of iMovie6

  3. eXan macrumors 601


    Jan 10, 2005
    This is probably because of the slow iBook HD... I could be wrong though...

    I was capturing miniDV from my Panasonic NV-DS65 into my old eMac 700 MHz and into my current G5 iMac at real-time speed via FireWire :rolleyes:

    Maybe something funny is in the import settings?
  4. LethalWolfe macrumors G3


    Jan 11, 2002
    Los Angeles
    FCE and iMovie transcode the footage into the Apple Intermediate Codec (AIC) upon import (they don't use the native HDV signal) so the faster your computer the shorter the transcoding process on importing.

  5. Edandlindz28 thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 26, 2007
    She says when its importing iMovie just stops, but the tape keeps going and she has to rewind it back. She would be okay with the slow import, just not iMovie quitting.
  6. bozigle macrumors regular

    i'm not sure if that would solve your problem but in preference you can specify the Max time for your clip.
    Choose something quite small depending of your resolution (5-10 mins) and see if this is helping
  7. YoungCreative macrumors member


    Jun 25, 2007
    I use iMovie 6.0.3, but the speed problem lies with the hardware, not the software. I also have a HV20 and have no problem importing SD footage on a G5 iMac, but HD video is a whole different story (as you have discovered.) HD footage imports at 1/2 speed...if I am lucky. The same HD footage imports to the MacPro 2.6 GHz in real time with no slow down.
  8. bozigle macrumors regular

    I'm currious there
    you didn't have any problem importing SD ... did you do it through the HV-20 or did you use an other non hd camcoder?
  9. YoungCreative macrumors member


    Jun 25, 2007
    It was SD footage (DV-wide) that I shot with the HV-20. I carry at least two tapes with me, one for HD and one for SD. I figure that there is no reason to shoot HD when I know the content/project is destined for SD and won't be used beyond the next year.
  10. patrickcollin12 macrumors newbie

    Dec 14, 2008
    imovie HD 06 is very slow to import as it always tries to convert the video first.

    I've found a good solution is to get the movies into DV or mp4 format first and then actually place the files directly into the package in the "Media" directory. Then when you open the movie, it thinks the movies are lost and shows you them in the trash. You can drag them out of the trash and put them back into your timeline.

    Exact steps are as follows. This does not work for imovie 08, only the older iMovie HD (06).

    - Open imovie HD (06).
    - Click "Create a New Project".
    - Change the Video format to mp4 format then click the Create button.
    - Save the video and then close imovie.
    - Find the movie you just created in the Finder, then hold down Ctrl and click the movie name. You should see an option called 'Show package contents'. -- Choose this and it should open the inside of the imovie's contents.
    - There is a directory inside your movie package called "Media".
    - Drag your mp4 formats into the Media directory.
    - Close the package (close the window)
    - Open your movie again. imovie should tell you that movies were found in the trash. Open the trash and then drag the movies back into your timeline.
    - You're done. Save the movie and you should have an mp4 imovie.

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