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I'm exporting some files with quicktime so I can work on them with iMovie.

What's the best format to use to export them in order to reduce the import time in iMovie?
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corradokid From: corradokid Date: August 9th, 2003 09:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
iMovie will only import DV files, so that's your only choice.
moonlessnights From: moonlessnights Date: August 9th, 2003 09:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
iMovie will import anything that Quicktime understands, as far as I know. The other day, for example, I was trying to import a MPEG-1 encoded video.

The encoding speed is an issue, though. I gave up once I lost interest in what I was going to do with it since it was taking a _long_ time.

I would assume that DV would work best since that is the iMovie native data format for clips. I am not sure if it would just copy them or actually force a re-encoding into a format it wanted, though.
soniquev8 From: soniquev8 Date: August 9th, 2003 10:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
in my experience, iMovie will import anything that's in a quicktime format. It won't take AVIs though, or movies in DivX.
From: xenoandroid Date: August 10th, 2003 11:24 am (UTC) (Link)
It does for me, as long as you have the DivX codec for quicktime installed.
joham From: joham Date: August 10th, 2003 01:21 am (UTC) (Link)
It needs the files to use the DV codec, so it will convert them to this format if they're in anything else, which is what takes the time. To save time (and quality loss through multiple format channges) going straight to DV will be the best way.
From: ex_meta Date: August 10th, 2003 06:25 am (UTC) (Link)
Export them as DV files and drop them in the Media folder of your iMovie project, and the import time is zero.
jerronimo From: jerronimo Date: August 10th, 2003 01:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes. This is the quickest way to import. I was about to suggest this.

Use Quicktime Player/Pro to convert all of your media to import to .dv format, then just close iMovie (if it's open) and drop the files into the media folder.)

A note though; if your project is on a MS-DOS format drive (removable firewire drive, or usb keychain drive, or whatever) then iMovie won't work properly. They have to be on HFS or UFS (perhaps... not sure if it will work on a UFS disk, actually) to work properly.
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