You have to buy MPEG-1 support from ?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by ThePowerOfTheMac, May 2, 2010.

  1. ThePowerOfTheMac macrumors newbie

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    Hello. I have a Sony Handycam DCR-SX44 video camera and when I try to plug it in and drag the movies from iMovie, it says something like this: "The File is Not Supported". Any help?
     
  2. WayneH1 macrumors member

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    That's a flash memory based camera and it stores files as MPEG-2, according to Sony. So at a minimum I think you'll need the Quicktime MPEG-2 component, which sadly isn't free. And more sadly, isn't as fully featured as some would like.

    But before you spend any money, you should search the iMovie forums for the many, many posts there on this same issue, getting MPEG-2 files into iMovie. Maybe somebody else has worked out a better (eg. free) workaround. I believe - my speculation - that Apple didn't include this capability because it would have made it far easier to copy stuff from DVDs into iMovie projects.
     
  3. ThePowerOfTheMac thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I don't have a DVD or Firewire camcorder, so...

    I have a Cybershot that can record video in .avi but it has bad quality video.
     
  4. WayneH1 macrumors member

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    I tried it out once and it puts a watermark on the video.
     
  6. huntercr macrumors 65816

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    What does... MPEGStreamclip? Can you show an example?
     
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    there is also visual hub, isquint and toast titanium.

    I have all three just in case one doesn't work right.
     
  8. WayneH1 macrumors member

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  9. WayneH1 macrumors member

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    That's a new feature in v.1.9.2. It's optional.
     
  10. hatetea58 macrumors newbie

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    Easy way is to convert mpeg-2 to mpeg-1 that imovie can support.:D That's what i usually do.
     

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