Join Garrick Chow for an in-depth discussion in this video Importing from a memory-based camera, part of iMovie 10.0.2 Essential Training.
Most of the consumer level camcorders you can buy in stores these days record to their own internal hard drives rather than some kind of removable media like MiniDV tapes or Mini DVDs. You can still find camcorders that use removable media, but they're getting more and more scarce. Previously, we looked at how to import footage from tape-based cameras. So in this movie, we'll take a look at how to import footage from a tapeless camera. Which also includes devices like your mobile phone as well as digital still cameras. For this example I have a hard drive based camera connected to my Mac, but I haven't yet turned it on. So I'm going to go ahead and turn it on now. And you'll want to set your camera to playback or VTR mode.
Now some cameras may need you to make additional selections to indicate that whether you're connecting to a computer, or to some other recording device. For example, the Sony camera I'm using, asks me if I want to mount the hard drive part of the camera or the removable media part. So I need to select the right one on its screen before I maybe can see it. Now if you have a camera that records to mini DVDs, there's a chance that your Mac might automatically open up the built-in DVD player program. If that happens, just quit it, and come back to iMovie. And you can see, iMovie has recognized my camera, opened up the import window, and has the camera selected here.
So the main difference between capturing footage from a DV tape and capturing from a tapeless camera is that with the tapeless formats, you don't have to capture it in real time. Instead all of the clips I recorded on the camera appear down here. And I can choose just the ones I want to import. Clips are defined every time you hit the record button on your camera. So if you shoot a little bit, then stop, that's a clip. When you hit the record button again, that's a second clip, and so on. And this is the part that I really like here. You can preview the footage from right here, without having to fast forward or rewind a tape. All you have to do is place your cursor over a clip, and scrub back and forth to preview the clip.
Or place your cursor over a clip, and press the Space Bar on your keyboard to play the clip from that point. So once I've reviewed the footage, I can then import just the clips I want. Now, once thing I can't do is import sections of clips. Even if I only wanted the last few seconds of, say, this clip here. I need to import the entire thing. But I can always edit out and delete the parts I don't need after I import them. And we'll see how to do that later. Also before you import, make sure to select the event that you want to place the footage into. I'm just going to use the default event that was created when I opened iMovie the first time. But you'll probably want to create a new event, and name it so you'll know what footage you're placing into it.
I'll take about working with events a little bit later though. Now, if you want to import all the footage on your camera, just click Import All down here. Otherwise, click to select the footage you want to import. You can hold down Shift, to select multiple contiguous clips. Let me click off of that. Or you can hold down Cmd to click and select non-contiguous clips. Then click Import Selected. See how fast that was? I see a notification telling me that the import is complete. I can click the eject my camera now, so I'll just close this notification. So that was a lot faster than working with a tape-based camera. And again this is also how it works if you connect your IOS device like an iPhone, or plug in your digital still camera or memory card from your still camera.
Your device will show up here in the import window, where you can select it and then grab just the footage you need from it.
- Importing video
- Organizing events
- Adding clips to a project
- Trimming and split editing
- Cropping and rotating
- Adjusting color
- Adjusting the speed of clips
- Creating movie trailers
- Adding background music and voice-over
- Sharing your movies
Skill Level Beginner
Q: This course was updated on 12/03/2014. What changed?
A: There is a new movie that covers the changes to iMovie 10.0.6. The author also updated the "Exploring the other sharing options" movie.