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Importing from memory-based cameras

Importing from memory-based cameras: iMovie '09 Essential Training
Importing from memory-based cameras: iMovie '09 Essential Training

Join for an in-depth discussion in this video Importing from memory-based cameras, part of iMovie '09 Essential Training.

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Q: While trying to load AVI files into iMovie – which iMovie supports – the AVI files would not play. After converting the files with Streamclip, some of the AVI files played, but without sound. The files are from a digital camera, and all had sound when imported from the camera. Is there an easier way to get iMovie to successfully play AVI files besides converting them to other formats?

A: Unfortunately, Mac OS X and iMovie are very picky about which AVI codecs they will play. While installing an application like Flip4Mac might lead to some success, the most likely road to playing the AVI files is to convert them via some application like Streamclip, HandBrake, iSquint, etc.

Q: I  have downloaded exercise files for iMovie ’09 Essential Training, but when opened, show a “source clip missing" error. What could be causing this problem?

A: Directions for downloading and using the exercise files are detailed in the "Using the exercise files" movie in the Introduction chapter.

Make sure to move over the iMovie Events folder into the Movies directory on the Home drive, as it contains the source clips used in the projects. If the iMovie Events folder is not in the same directory, iMovie will display the “Source clip is missing” error in the clip viewer.

Skills covered in this course
Video Video Editing iMovie

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