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  • iMovie issue (sorry)

    Posted by Dunwoody Lampton on December 5, 2021 at 4:41 pm

    First time importing from MiniDV tape camera.

    First attempt to import 40 minutes of raw video yielded 7 clips – one 16 minutes long, six others only a few seconds each.

    Second attempt yielded entire 40 minutes of raw as one file into the library package only, not the media bin. Went into package, copied raw file, pasted onto first section of the external USB hard drive. When import is attempted, the file shows as the 16 minute file only. Unable to drag 40 minute file into bin.

    Patrick Donegan replied 2 years ago 3 Members · 4 Replies
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  • Daniel Scherl

    December 5, 2021 at 9:19 pm

    I know you may not want to hear this, but after trying multiple ways to import MiniDV videos, I found that Quicktime (I’m using version 10.5) is actually the best. It respects the aspect ratio, allows you to bring in uncompressed video, and you can start and stop the tape if you want to, for separate files, or you can just import the whole thing and cut it up later.

    You can also use Final Cut Pro X, which will do a nice job.

    But I wouldn’t use iMovie.

    Hook up your camera to the computer. Open QuickTime. Choose File – New Movie Recording. When the recording window opens, click the little drop down arrow next to the record button and make sure your camera are microphone are selected to your camera, and the quality set to maximum. You can play around with Maximum vs High quality. I went with maximum since hard drives are cheap these days. 🙂

    Good luck!


  • Dunwoody Lampton

    December 5, 2021 at 9:33 pm

    Thanks for quick response.

    First, a correction: the large raw clip was the 16-minute file, not the full, 40 minute file.

    Still, iMovie wouldn’t allow the entire 40 minutes of raw to be imported (yes, plenty of room on the external drive).

    Since I only needed a few clips from the entire raw, I just found each in- and out-time & imported them separately with no issues.

    I can edit with Quicktime? Split clips, adjust audio levels?

  • Dunwoody Lampton

    December 5, 2021 at 9:34 pm

    Yep, been using FCPX for years on my iMac – whose display died during Summer. So the only replacement I could afford was Mac Mini. Can’t afford FCPX so I’m forced to use iMovie.

  • Patrick Donegan

    May 7, 2022 at 11:50 pm

    If you bought FCPX for your iMac, you still own it to use on Mac mini.

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