Will import from camera but not computer in Imovie???

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by mancubuss, Feb 1, 2009.

  1. mancubuss macrumors newbie

    Sep 11, 2006
    I tried to import into Imovie an mpeg-4 from my hard drive, it imported but doesnt show it...i import that SAME file straight from my camera, and its all fine....what gives?
  2. MisterMe macrumors G4


    Jul 17, 2002
    It might help if you gave the model of your camera.
  3. mancubuss thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 11, 2006
    i have a samsung tl34HD(digital camera)...records natively in mpeg 4
  4. filman408 macrumors regular

    Sep 4, 2006
    San Jose, CA
    try "Import from Camera", with the camera hooked up

    do not simply go through Finder, imovie cannot edit mpeg4, it must make it a less compressed format
  5. mancubuss thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 11, 2006
    yea, it will take things from the camera directly, the problem is things i have on my computer that i have already copied from the camera that are no longer on the camera
  6. kkat69 macrumors 68020


    Aug 30, 2007
    Atlanta, Ga
    What is the actual file extension on the camera (when you view the HDD)?

    Some cameras have a secondary file that has some information on it. Some JVC models are like that. They compress the movie natively but the mpeg files alone will NOT import directly into iMovie unless you "trick" iMovie (there's details on how to do this hidden in this forum as I have run into this before) into thinking a folder is a camera.

    It's just a thought as to why you can do it from camera but not from your HDD. Also putting the files BACK into the camera (at least for those of us that had this issue with JVC cameras and others) wouldn't work.
  7. mancubuss thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 11, 2006
    the actual file is .MP4 (Mpeg-4)...codecs are H.264,AAC

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