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  • Hamish H
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    .mpeg files?
    Hey iMovie forum, hows it going? I'm starting out on imovie 08 so hopefully people still use that and can help me! I have downloaded some movies from the Prelinger Archives, which is supposed to be in mpeg2 format. But imovie won't let me import any of the footage. Looking a bit closer each of the downloads has a .mpeg file type - is this why they won't work? as i said they're supposed to be mpeg2 so its a bot confusing. And why wouldn't imovie be able to use .mpeg? Thanks very much for your help! Hamish
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  • Rounik Admin
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    Joined: Dec 16th, 2006, 08:13
    Re: .mpeg files?
    Hi Hamish, Excuse the late reply. I've successfully used mpegs from Prelinger in iMovie in the past. Which files are these exactly? How are you trying to import them into iMovie? :)
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  • Hamish H
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    Joined: May 4th, 2009, 02:29
    Re: .mpeg files?
    Hey Rounik! Here's one of them: [url]http://www.archive.org/details/LeaveItt1940[/url] I've chosen the MPEG 2 version. When its downloaded the file extension is .mpeg, preview calls it an 'mpeg movie' Doesn't play in Quicktime, but I've never really used quicktime so don't undertsand it too well... In imovie I've chosen [b]File > Import > Movies[/b] None of the prelinger movies show up as options. Any ideas? Its a new kettle of fish for me, but I'm gonna love it once I can get going! Thanks boss! Hamish
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  • Hamish H
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    Joined: May 4th, 2009, 02:29
    Re: .mpeg files?
    Hi again I've just checked out Quicktime - I have Quicktime Player 10.0. It can't play MPEG2, but according to Apple I can buy the Mpeg2 component for $20. [url]http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3526[/url] Yesterday I used Quicktime to convert a .3gp movie (from my phone) to a .m4v, just by saving it with [b]File > Save As > Movie[/b] (in Quicktime). Imovie couldn't import the .3gp, but the .m4v worked perfectly. Do you think that if I bought the Mpeg2 component this would solve the Prelinger problem? Is there a substantial difference in quality between Mpeg2 and .m4v? :)
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  • Rounik Admin
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    Joined: Dec 16th, 2006, 08:13
    Re: .mpeg files?
    Hi Hamish, I just downloaded and imported that particular clip into iMovie '11 fine. I think it'd be the same for iMovie '08 and '09 too. As you're a Logic Studio owner you actually have access to Quicktime Pro which contains a lot of extra codecs... and I believe included support for MPEG-2. Check out this article on how to install Quicktime Pro on Snow Leopard systems: [url]http://www.macprovideo.com/hub/mac-osx/installing-quicktime-pro-7-mac-osx-snow-leopard[/url] Hopefully, this should help but I'd also recommend downloading Perian (free) which adds support for other formats natively to Quicktime. [url]http://perian.org/#download[/url] Let me know how you get on. Rounik
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  • Hamish H
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    Joined: May 4th, 2009, 02:29
    Re: .mpeg files?
    Thnaks very much Rounik! I will download Quicktime Pro tonight. As for the .mpeg files, imovie 08 just refuses to see them! I don't know why. I might upgrade to imovie 11 soon if that'll fix it. In the meantime I downloaded a converter called FLCrunch - it is awesome. I converted the prelinger files into mpeg 4s, imovie 08 imports them just fine. so I have a workaround for now unitl I upgrade. Thnaks very much for your help, as an aside I should have another early Christmas present for you in the next few weeks... keep you posted Cheers Hamish
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  • Rounik Admin
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    Joined: Dec 16th, 2006, 08:13
    Re: .mpeg files?
    Hey Hamish, Glad you've got a workaround at least... :) Early Christmas present? I like the sound of that!! Cheers Rounik
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