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You may have a video camcorder, or a digital camera, or an iPhone. Maybe you have them all. This means you probably have taken a lot of wonderful videos. iMovie will collect and manage them for you so that you can browse them easily and watch them happily. You just need to access devices, open iMovie, and then began to import video. It will show in the event database, you will find all the recordings there. Like photos in iPhoto, the videos are also managed according to event management. With the growing collection, you can mark your clip as “Love” or “Rejected” and add preset or customized-keywords tags, and you can also filter videos to find the best segments or hide the boring parts.

 

With iMovie, you can easily turn Short home into favorite films. You will burst your sides with laughter when you watch them, or you may be touched to tears and love them no matter how many times you have watched them. Furthermore, you are more willing to share videos with people. IMovie has new function now which will bring you more fun. With iMovie ’11, you can make your own trailer for the film that you shoot. There are 15 kinds of movie trailers templates to choose from, ranging from epic adventure, drama, romantic comedy, and more types. Well, your film may have the Hollywood style if you make good use of iMovie. It is fair simple to make the movie trailer. Simple click on your video clips and put it in the storyboard, add character names and personalized theme, and then get the iMovie to work for you. It will clip video clips, add transition effects, themes and special effects. A wonderful trailer then will be finished.

 

Attention, please. iMovie accepts file formats as follows: DV, DV Widescreen, HDV 1080i, HDV 720p, MPEG4 simple profile, iSight and QuickTime files like MOV or MPEG-4 with H.264 as video codec Therefore, if you want to edit your downloaded SWF videos on iMovie, you then have to convert SWF to iMovie supported format said above. To make this easier, you might as well try SWF to iMovie Converter for Mac which specializes in converting SWF to iMovie format. Actually, it is an all-in-one tool that converts not only SWF to iMovie format but also .swf to .MKV, SWF to AVI, SWF to WMV, SWF to FLV, SWF to MPG, SWF to 3GP, SWF to Gif Mac etc.

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May 27 2010 5 27 /05 /May /2010 04:49

For Mac users, iMovie is probably a convenient tool for making, editing their own home movies so as to upload to YouTube for sharing with more people. However, uploading iMovie files to YouTube can't be always a smooth run, I did notice many people complaining about it. This article is delivered for guiding those who are haunted by the nightmare by providing three common ways to upload iMovie files to YouTube.

YouTube and iMovie
YouTube is the most popular video sharing website for users to upload, share and view videos. It empowers anyone with an Internet connection the ability to upload video clips and share them with friends, family and the world. Users are invited to leave comments, pick favourites, send messages to each other and watch videos sorted into subjects and channels.


YouTube accepts videos uploaded in most container formats, including WMV (Windows Media Video), 3GP (Cell Phones), AVI (Windows), MOV (Mac), MP4 (iPod/PSP), FLV (Adobe Flash), MKV (H.264). These include video codecs such as MP4, MPEG and WMV.

iMovie is a common video editing software application comes with every Mac for users to edit their own home movies. It imports video footage to the Mac using either the Firewire interface on most MiniDV format digital video cameras, the USB port, or by importing the files from a hard drive where users can edit the video clips, add titles, and add music.

Since 1999, eight versions of iMovie have been released by Apple, each with its own functions and characteristic, and each of them deal with videos in a way more or less different. But the most common formats handled with iMovie if specialty discarded as far as to my research are MOV, DV, HDV, MPEG-4.

 

 Three ways for successful upload iMovie files to YouTube
Solution one and solution two suitable for those who are 100 certainty with their iMovie files which are fully compatible with YouTube. For smooth uploading, you are required to get a YouTube account first.

Solution 1: Directly upload iMovie to YouTube
Step 1: Launch iMovie, select the project you want to upload in YouTube.
Step 2: Go to the file menu, click Share, select Export Movie

Step 3: Specify the output file name and directory and then type the video type and video size.

Solution 2: Post iMovie to YouTube straightly

Step 1: Launch iMovie, choose the project you want to post in YouTube
Step 2: From the Share menu, choose YouTube

 

Step 3: In the pop-up YouTube windows, specify the name of your YouTube account, the password, choose the Category and fill in the description and tags of the project. Tick Make this movie more private on the bottom of the window, if possible, to limit those who can view the project. Click Next, and then click Publish. iMovie will automatically export and upload the movie to YouTube.

 

Step 4: Click Tell a Friend to email friends and your family about your film. You are also allowed to copy the URL from Tell a Friend window and paste it into an email you created in your favourite email application if you like. Anyone you send to email to will be able to follow the URL directly to your movie.

Note: Videos uploaded to YouTube are limited to ten minutes in length and a file size of 2GB.


Solution 3: Upload to iMovie after conversion
If neither of the above mentioned method works, there is still a third way to turn to.

Sometimes, your iMovie files may not be recognized by YouTube due to the versions of iMovie (settings and functions may varies among versions), video itself (video format difference because of file extension, resolution, video size and length), compatibility (videos that are completely incompatible with YouTube). In this circumstance, the best and reliable method is to convert your iMovie files to YouTube accepted files, iMovie to YouTube converter will be inevitably the ideal choice.

iMovie to YouTube converter is an elaborately designed tool for convert iMovie files to YouTube workable WMV, 3GP, AVI, MOV, MP4, FLV, MKV for smooth uploading with hard-to-believe conversion speed and second to none output quality. It can also convert between almost all popular popular file formats like AVI, WMV, MPG, MOV, VOB, DV, MP4, FLV, 3GP, RM, ASF, SWF, MP3, AAC, AC3, AIFF, AMR, WAV, WMA etc so as to put on various portable devices, import to video editing software or play on vast amount video players.

iMovie to YouTube converter can also served as an excellent video editing tool to meet your specific program requirements. For example, you can cut your video files to a certain length, or split your video files to smaller ones and select the proper resolution suitable for demands of YouTube by Clip or Settings separately. Crop allows you to cut off unwanted black edges from your videos. Besides, you can also have a good command of the whole process or snapshot your favourite pictures from the preview window. More can be expected if you have a try.

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May 14 2010 6 14 /05 /May /2010 03:26

In this article, you will learn the basic knowledge about MOD and TOD files and how to import MOD and TOD from JVC, Panasonic or Cannon camcorder to iMovie for editing on Mac OS X.


MOD and TOD at a glance
MOD and TOD are recording formats used in digital tapeless camcorders, they are informal names of tapeless video formats used by JVC (MOD and TOD), Panasonic (MOD only) and Cannon (MOD only) in some models of digital camcorders. The two formats are comparable to XDCAM EX and AVCHD.

 

Similarity and difference between MOD and TOD
Similarity: Both MOD and TOD are file-based formats that are stored on a random-access media. Directory structure and naming convention are identical except for extensions of media files.

 

Difference: MOD is used exclusively for standard definition video files stored in MPEG program steam container files with MOD extension, in most other systems these files have extension MPG or MPEG, while TOD is used for high definition files in MPEG transport steam container files with TOD extension, in most systems these files have M2T extension.

 

MOD video can be viewed on a computer with a player that is capable of reproducing MPEG-2 video. This video can be easily authored for watching on a DVD player without recompressing, because it is fully compliant with DVD-video standard.

 

TOD format is comparable with AVCHD, but can't be directly played on consumer equipment. Media files must be packaged into distribution formats like HD DVD or Blu-ray Disc, using authoring software.

 

Common camcorders that use MOD or TOD format
Camcorders using MOD format
JVC: GZ-MG30, GZ-MG70, GZ-MG37, GZ-MG77, GZ-MG505, GZ-MG130, GZ-MG155, GZ-MG255, GZ-MG555, GZ-MG7230, GZ-MG630, GZ-MG670, GZ-MG680
Panasonic: SDR-S100, SDR-S150, SDR-S10, SDR-H18, SDR-H200, SDR-H20, SDR-H60, SDR-S7, SDR-SW20, SDR-SW21, SDR-S26
Cannon: FS100, FS10, FS11, FS200, FS21, FS22


Camcorders using TOD format
JVC was the only supporter of TOD format, camcorders of such kind including: GZ-HD7, GZ-HD3, GZ-HD5, GZ-HD6, GZ-HD30, GZ-HD40


Why should we convert MOD and TOD files to other popular file format
Just as we mentioned above, MOD and TOD are special formats used by limited camcorders like JVC, Panasonic and Cannon which can not be accepted by most video players or editors. Therefore, if you want to enjoy these files on your computer or on portable devices like iPod, iPhone, Apple TV, Gphone etc or do some further editing with video editing softwares like iMovie, FCE, FCP, Adobe Premiere Pro, you will have to convert them to other common file formats.


How to deal with MOD and TOD files

I have noticed in some websites people suggesting some free program named FFmpeg which is supposed to deal with MOD and TOD files, but these program can only be run on Windows and Linux systems, the same case is with Adobe Premiere Elements which is available for Windows XP and beginning with version 3.0.2 for Windows Vista. However, in this article, we are focusing our attention on editing MOD and TOD files in iMovie on Mac OS X.

 

As for Mac, I also saw people recommending a program called iSquint, this application is an easy to use and totally free video converter for mac, which can convert videos to mp4 and provide settings for iMovie. But it may result in more quality loss because of incompatility and fault conversion job.

 

In order to retain the best video quality, I suggest you try this application: Movie Converter for Mac, it can convert MOD and TOD files to other file formats without extra codec installed and with no difficulty. The most important is it can keep the best output video quality.

 

General review: Movie Converter for Mac
Movie converter for Mac is a robust 2-in-1 application that packs DVD ripper and video converter into a single interface. It can not only rip and convert DVD content to other file formats, but also it can convert between almost all file formats including SD to SD conversion, HD to HD conversion and HD to SD conversion, the input and output formats are rich and broad, including AVI, WMV, MPG, MPEG-4 (MP4, M4V), MPEG-2, DV, MOV, VOB, SWF, 3GP, MKV, RM, MOD, TOD, AVCHD etc so that you can put them in iMovie, portable devices like iPod, iPhone, Blackberry, or other application as well.


Mac movie converter is more than a wonderful video player and video converter, it is also an excellent video editor that assists you in editing your MOD and TOD video files personally. With it, you can crop, trim your video files, add special effect to the video files, set the output parameters for the video files, merge several video files into a big one or split a video file into several smaller ones. Besides, you can also import several files with the same file format or different file formats for converting at the same as batch process is supported. Furthermore, if you want to see the whole conversion process, the preview window on the left is also available.

 

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Photo Booth is a software application that created by Apple using a built-in iSight camera which can not only take photo snapshots and video clips in a Mac or other webcam. Photo Booth was reveiled at an invite-only special media event in October, 2005, Apple released Photo Booth alongside the Rev. C iMac G5, the first one with built-in iSight camera.


Photos and video clips taken with Photo Booth can be emailed, used as iChat icons or as photos for contacts in Address Book, or imported into iPhoto. Photo Booth includes a number of effects that can be applied to photos. The latest version of Photo Booth is included with Mac OS X Snow Lepoard.

 

So good it is for taking photos and capturing videos, Apple didn't include a button to share the video with iMovie. And people sometimes have to rack their brains to work a way out. Some common problems regarding editing Photo Booth videos in iMovie can be listed as follows:


Common importing issues
Problem 1: "After recording, I dragged it to the disk top then opened iMovie. It didn't work when I tried to drag it to the place that I am supposed to drag it into. It works when I dragged pictures, not for videos."

 

Problem 2: "Hi, me and my sister and brother are making videos right now. We made through Photo Booth and we want to put them in iMovie. And I won't import, I know it because of format, but can somebody please give me an instruction, very easy instruction please."

 

Problem 3: "Well in Photo Booth I made a movie that is 4 minutes and 14 seconds long. I tried going into iMovie and selecting File > Import, and it's almost done, but then on the horror, I got a message every single time saying: Error during Import, something like this."

 

Problem 4: "I made a video from Photo Booth and I want to put little clips together to make one big movie and on iDVD it won't let me and the whole movie just the little clips. So please help me and tell me how I can save all of my clips on iMovie together to make one big movie."

 

Analysis and way
As to me knowledge and research, these problems are probably relating to version and compatibility and others as well. Some versions of iMovie are said to deal with video from Photo Booth, sometimes they actually did, but sometimes not due to various situations and I also noticed someone saying old Photo Booth only takes pictures, the Leopard version does the video. Formats compatibility can also be a big problem, for the videos made with Photo Booth are not with the proper file formats that can be imported to iMovie directly.


Those who want to edit their videos made with Photo Booth have to go through a conversion process, and I found on the Internet someone suggesting some free online converters which can be seen in the following websites like http://vixy.net and http://media-convert.com. But sometimes, perhaps there is no quick speed guarantee due to heavy load.


You may find it wonderful to try this video converter, which is more powerful than the above mentions two converters, it can deal with wide input and output file format and do converting fastly and efficient, I bet you worth a try.


Mac video converter helps you out
Video converter for Mac is a professional application that can convert/import videos made with Photo Booth to iMovie compatible MPEG-4 (MP4, M4V), MPEG-2, DV, HDV, MOV etc with fast conversion speed and best output quality. The input and output formats of this program are wide, including the popular standard format like AVI, WMV, MKV, MOV, VOB, MPG, MP4, FLV, 3GP, RM etc and high definition videos like HD AVI, HD MP4, HD MPG, HD MOV, HD WMV, AVCHD, TOD etc that can be played on portable devices and other applications.


Mac video converter is not only a wonderful Photo Booth video converter and player, it is also a versatile video editor that allows you to make your personal Photo Booth videos. For example, by Crop, you can adjust the aspect ratio of your video like Original, Full Screen, 16:9 or 4:3, by Trim, you can cut the video to a certain length to convert, by Effect, you can apply special effect to your video. Besides, you can also set the output parameters for your video, rotate the video, merge several video clips into a single big one, take snapshot when preview and extract audio files from video etc.

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May 14 2010 6 14 /05 /May /2010 03:19

Nowadays, more and more people like to record the wonderful moment they shared with their family and friends during a vacation or in their daily life with their cameras and then burn the videos shot to DVD for longer storage. Sometimes, the videos they shot are too rough or the quality is not as expected. In this circumstances, editing of these videos will be necessary. But they find it impossible to import the videos to iMovie for editing. What's the matter? How to deal with it?

 


To be frankly, iMovie is selective in editing videos, usually it only opens to a limited video formats like DV, HDV, MPEG-4, MPEG-2, MOV etc. That's to say, you have to convert your DVDs to iMovie compatible file formats for editing. And there is good news for all of you, DVD lovers. With the specially designed DVD to iMovie converter, all the problems will be easily solved carefully.


DVD to iMovie converter is an extremely powerful program that packs two robust applications: video converter and DVD ripper into a single one program. With it, not only popular video formats like AVI, WMV, MPG, MP4, MOV, VOB, FLV, 3GP, MKV etc can be converted to iMovie accepted file formats, but also rip DVD content and convert to iMovie DV, HDV, MPEG-4, MPEG-2 and MOV files. Besides, it can also extract audio track from video or DVD and export as MP3, WAV, WMA, FLAC, AAC audio files.


DVD to iMovie converter also provides built-in editing functions that can help you make your personalized videos according to your specific requirements. You can trim, crop, effect and merge videos in order to select the correct part to edit. In order to get a better quality rendering, you can also tweak the output parameters like Resolution, Frame Rate, Encoder and Bitrate for video and Sample Rate, Channel, Encoder and Bitrate for audio. To get timely knowledge about editing, you can preview the changes during the process in the previewing window.

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In this article, you will learn the basic knowledge about MOD and TOD files and how to import MOD and TOD from JVC, Panasonic or Cannon camcorder to iMovie for editing on Mac OS X.


MOD and TOD at a glance
MOD and TOD are recording formats used in digital tapeless camcorders, they are informal names of tapeless video formats used by JVC (MOD and TOD), Panasonic (MOD only) and Cannon (MOD only) in some models of digital camcorders. The two formats are comparable to XDCAM EX and AVCHD.

 

Similarity and difference between MOD and TOD
Similarity: Both MOD and TOD are file-based formats that are stored on a random-access media. Directory structure and naming convention are identical except for extensions of media files.

 

Difference: MOD is used exclusively for standard definition video files stored in MPEG program steam container files with MOD extension, in most other systems these files have extension MPG or MPEG, while TOD is used for high definition files in MPEG transport steam container files with TOD extension, in most systems these files have M2T extension.

 

MOD video can be viewed on a computer with a player that is capable of reproducing MPEG-2 video. This video can be easily authored for watching on a DVD player without recompressing, because it is fully compliant with DVD-video standard.

 

TOD format is comparable with AVCHD, but can't be directly played on consumer equipment. Media files must be packaged into distribution formats like HD DVD or Blu-ray Disc, using authoring software.

 

 

 Common camcorders that use MOD or TOD format
Camcorders using MOD format
JVC: GZ-MG30, GZ-MG70, GZ-MG37, GZ-MG77, GZ-MG505, GZ-MG130, GZ-MG155, GZ-MG255, GZ-MG555, GZ-MG7230, GZ-MG630, GZ-MG670, GZ-MG680
Panasonic: SDR-S100, SDR-S150, SDR-S10, SDR-H18, SDR-H200, SDR-H20, SDR-H60, SDR-S7, SDR-SW20, SDR-SW21, SDR-S26
Cannon: FS100, FS10, FS11, FS200, FS21, FS22


Camcorders using TOD format
JVC was the only supporter of TOD format, camcorders of such kind including: GZ-HD7, GZ-HD3, GZ-HD5, GZ-HD6, GZ-HD30, GZ-HD40


Why should we convert MOD and TOD files to other popular file format
Just as we mentioned above, MOD and TOD are special formats used by limited camcorders like JVC, Panasonic and Cannon which can not be accepted by most video players or editors. Therefore, if you want to enjoy these files on your computer or on portable devices like iPod, iPhone, Apple TV, Gphone etc or do some further editing with video editing softwares like iMovie, FCE, FCP, Adobe Premiere Pro, you will have to convert them to other common file formats.


How to deal with MOD and TOD files

I have noticed in some websites people suggesting some free program named FFmpeg which is supposed to deal with MOD and TOD files, but these program can only be run on Windows and Linux systems, the same case is with Adobe Premiere Elements which is available for Windows XP and beginning with version 3.0.2 for Windows Vista. However, in this article, we are focusing our attention on editing MOD and TOD files in iMovie on Mac OS X.

 

As for Mac, I also saw people recommending a program called iSquint, this application is an easy to use and totally free video converter for mac, which can convert videos to mp4 and provide settings for iMovie. But it may result in more quality loss because of incompatility and fault conversion job.
In order to retain the best video quality, I suggest you try this application: Movie Converter for Mac, it can convert MOD and TOD files to other file formats without extra codec installed and with no difficulty. The most important is it can keep the best output video quality.

 

General review: Movie Converter for Mac
Movie converter for Mac is a robust 2-in-1 application that packs DVD ripper and video converter into a single interface. It can not only rip and convert DVD content to other file formats, but also it can convert between almost all file formats including SD to SD conversion, HD to HD conversion and HD to SD conversion, the input and output formats are rich and broad, including AVI, WMV, MPG, MPEG-4 (MP4, M4V), MPEG-2, DV, MOV, VOB, SWF, 3GP, MKV, RM, MOD, TOD, AVCHD etc so that you can put them in iMovie, portable devices like iPod, iPhone, Blackberry, or other application as well.


Mac movie converter is more than a wonderful video player and video converter, it is also an excellent video editor that assists you in editing your MOD and TOD video files personally. With it, you can crop, trim your video files, add special effect to the video files, set the output parameters for the video files, merge several video files into a big one or split a video file into several smaller ones. Besides, you can also import several files with the same file format or different file formats for converting at the same as batch process is supported. Furthermore, if you want to see the whole conversion process, the preview window on the left is also available.

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What is HD video? According to Wikipedia, HD video or high definition video refers to any video system of higher resolution than standard-resolution (SD) video. The HD specification dictates a number of areas of the HD format but most particularly and importantly it specifies the frame size and dimensions of the image.

 

Compared with the existing standard definition who has fixed dimensions of 720*576 for PAL and 720*480 for NTSC, the HD specification allows for two different HD frame sizes, a smaller 1280*720 and a larger 1920*1080 which are commonly referred as 720p and 1080i/1080p.

 

Get to know: what video formats are HD video formats
To get a clear understanding of HD video, I just list some of the HD video formats as to my own experience:
HD Divx, HD Xvid, HD AVI, HD MOV, HD H.264, HD MPEG-4, HD MPG, HD WMV

Other HD video formats produced by some HD camcorders such as Cannon, Panasonic, Sony, Hitachi, JVC or Flip camcorder etc are AVCHD, TOD files

 

Why should we convert HD videos to common video files

Getting uncompressed HD content onto a computer for editing or processing will be a straightforward process with the corresponding storage requirements satisfied for its huge size. The first issue in storage is sustained bandwidth and big enough capacity is also an inevitable factor, besides, there are also other requirements. Therefore, if you don't have the corresponding configurations, you will have to turn to another way. For example, in order to import HD videos to iMovie for editing, you only need a simple converting process, that is, convert HD videos to iMovie compatible files, which is what our movie converter for Mac can do.


Movie converter for Mac: wonderful HD video converting and editing application
Movie converter for Mac is a powerful and versatile 2-in-1 program which integrate DVD ripper and video converter into a single interface. With it, you can not only rip and convert DVD content to other file formats, but also convert between almost all popular file formats like AVI, WMV, MPG, MPEG-4 (MP4, M4V), MKV, VOB, MOV, DV, FLV, 3GP, ASF, RM etc and HD videos like HD Divx, HD Xvid, HD AVI, HD H.264, HD MP4, HD MPG, HD WMV, TOD and AVCHD as well so that you can import to editing application like iMovie, FCE, FCP easily or on portable devices or other applications without any difficulty.


Mac movie converter is also an excellent editing tool for you to make your personalized editing. For example, you can select your favourite part of HD video for converting by Trim, remove unwanted black edges of HD video by Crop, adjust the video Brightness, Contrast and Saturation by Effect, set the output parameters of HD video by Settings. Also, you can merge several HD video files into a big one or split a single HD video file into smaller ones. As batch mode is supported, you can also import several HD video files for converting at the same time. Besides, the whole process can be clearly seen in the preview window.

 

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linkiPhoto is a powerful software application that is specially designed for Mac OS X operating system by Apple Inc. It is part of iLife suite application which bundled with every Mac that allows uses to import, organize, edit, print and share digital photos.


iPhoto is used to allow importing from digital cameras, scanner, picture CDs and the Internet. Almost all digital cameras are recognized without additional software, as are many scanners. iPhoto supports most common image file formats.


Not only can iPhoto import photos, it can also import or upload videos taken or made by almost all digital cameras, camera phones or other video capturing applications. However, these imported or uploaded videos are frequently found unnecessary to be put in iMovie for editing. What's the matter?

 

Troubleshoot: video compatibility problem
Sometimes the videos taken by digital cameras, such as Sony camera, Cannon camera, JVC camera, Flip video camera etc are in AVCHD, AVI, muxed MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MOD, TOD formats which are not supported by iMovie directly. To import iPhoto videos to iMovie directly, you will need to convert them to iMovie compatible MPEG-4 (MP4, M4V), MPEG-2, DV, HDV or MOV format.

 

How to import iPhoto videos to iMovie
Way 1: Use some application called MPEG Streamclip. More than once I have noticed people talking about this program on Yahoo Answers and other websites as well. It is a free, open source software that is highly regarded by Apple community.


Way 2: If you want to tackle your problem in a swift and efficient way with the best result, I suggest you try this application: Movie converter for Mac. It is an easy-to-use application which can convert almost all popular file formats to iMovie compatible files without any difficulty.


Get to know Movie converter for Mac
Movie converter for Mac is a powerful 2-in-1 application which packs DVD ripper and video converter into a single interface. Not only it can rip and convert DVD content to various file formats, it can also convert between almost all file formats like AVI, MOV, MPEG, MP4, WMV, MKV, FLV, VOB, SWF, DV, HDV, 3GP etc and HD videos as well. Therefore, it is extremely easy to convert iPhoto videos to iMovie compatible MPEG-4 (MP4, M4V), MPEG-2, DV, HDV, MOV files and put on various portable devices and other applications as well. Besides, it can also extract audio tracks from video and save as MP3, FLAC, AAC, AC3, WMV, WAV audio files.


Mac movie converter is also a outstanding editing tool that has been enhanced to run on both PowerPC and Intel (Snow Leopard included). With it, you can edit your iPhoto videos freely. For example, you can crop off unwanted part from the video clips by Crop, by Trim, you can cut the video to a certain length to convert, or you can also apply special effect like Gray, Emboss or Old film to your iPhoto videos. Besides, you can also set the output parameters, rotate the video, split a big video file to several smaller ones, merge several video clips into a single one, take snapshots etc.And more can be expected if you afford one minute for a try.

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Photo Booth is a software application that created by Apple using a built-in iSight camera which can not only take photo snapshots and video clips in a Mac or other webcam. Photo Booth was reveiled at an invite-only special media event in October, 2005, Apple released Photo Booth alongside the Rev. C iMac G5, the first one with built-in iSight camera.


Photos and video clips taken with Photo Booth can be emailed, used as iChat icons or as photos for contacts in Address Book, or imported into iPhoto. Photo Booth includes a number of effects that can be applied to photos. The latest version of Photo Booth is included with Mac OS X Snow Lepoard.

 

So good it is for taking photos and capturing videos, Apple didn't include a button to share the video with iMovie. And people sometimes have to rack their brains to work a way out. Some common problems regarding editing Photo Booth videos in iMovie can be listed as follows:


Common importing issues
Problem 1: "After recording, I dragged it to the disk top then opened iMovie. It didn't work when I tried to drag it to the place that I am supposed to drag it into. It works when I dragged pictures, not for videos."

 

Problem 2: "Hi, me and my sister and brother are making videos right now. We made through Photo Booth and we want to put them in iMovie. And I won't import, I know it because of format, but can somebody please give me an instruction, very easy instruction please."

 

Problem 3: "Well in Photo Booth I made a movie that is 4 minutes and 14 seconds long. I tried going into iMovie and selecting File > Import, and it's almost done, but then on the horror, I got a message every single time saying: Error during Import, something like this."

 

Problem 4: "I made a video from Photo Booth and I want to put little clips together to make one big movie and on iDVD it won't let me and the whole movie just the little clips. So please help me and tell me how I can save all of my clips on iMovie together to make one big movie."

 

Analysis and way
As to me knowledge and research, these problems are probably relating to version and compatibility and others as well. Some versions of iMovie are said to deal with video from Photo Booth, sometimes they actually did, but sometimes not due to various situations and I also noticed someone saying old Photo Booth only takes pictures, the Leopard version does the video. Formats compatibility can also be a big problem, for the videos made with Photo Booth are not with the proper file formats that can be imported to iMovie directly.


Those who want to edit their videos made with Photo Booth have to go through a conversion process, and I found on the Internet someone suggesting some free online converters which can be seen in the following websites like http://vixy.net and http://media-convert.com. But sometimes, perhaps there is no quick speed guarantee due to heavy load.


You may find it wonderful to try this video converter, which is more powerful than the above mentions two converters, it can deal with wide input and output file format and do converting fastly and efficient, I bet you worth a try.


Mac video converter helps you out
Video converter for Mac is a professional application that can convert/import videos made with Photo Booth to iMovie compatible MPEG-4 (MP4, M4V), MPEG-2, DV, HDV, MOV etc with fast conversion speed and best output quality. The input and output formats of this program are wide, including the popular standard format like AVI, WMV, MKV, MOV, VOB, MPG, MP4, FLV, 3GP, RM etc and high definition videos like HD AVI, HD MP4, HD MPG, HD MOV, HD WMV, AVCHD, TOD etc that can be played on portable devices and other applications.


Mac video converter is not only a wonderful Photo Booth video converter and player, it is also a versatile video editor that allows you to make your personal Photo Booth videos. For example, by Crop, you can adjust the aspect ratio of your video like Original, Full Screen, 16:9 or 4:3, by Trim, you can cut the video to a certain length to convert, by Effect, you can apply special effect to your video. Besides, you can also set the output parameters for your video, rotate the video, merge several video clips into a single big one, take snapshot when preview and extract audio files from video etc.

 

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AVCHD whose full name is Advanced Video Codec High Definition is a format for recording and playback high definition video. This format is jointly developed by Sony and Panasonic that utilizes MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 (AVC) video compression codec and either Dolby AC-3 (Dolby Digital) or linear PCM audio compression codec. AVCHD videos are usually saved with a MTS or M2TS file extension.


iMovie, as a excellent video editing software is widely used by Mac users for allowing them to edit their own home movies. It is a part of iLife suite of software product that comes free with every iMac who is originally released by Apple in 1999. During the last ten years, Apple has released 8 versions of iMovie, including the latest two versions iMovie 08 and iMovie 09 who are supposed to add support for tapeless AVCHD camcorder.

 

As I have mentioned, most versions of iMovie can't import AVCHD files directly, and iMovie 08 and iMovie 09 although promised to do it may fail sometimes for some reasons or for no reason. According to my research, there are still many problems need to be solved regarding importing AVCHD files to iMovie which I'd like to make them public and willing to try to give my own suggestion.

 

 Importing failures review:
Basically we can classify the failures into two categories: iMovie 08, 09 importing failures and non-iMovie 08, 09 failures
iMovie 08, 09 failures
Situation 1: "I simply don't know how to import AVCHD into iMovie 08 after I have copied it into the Mac. It doesn't seen to recognize the files"

Note: The user could be new to iMovie and iMac, as to how to import video to iMovie, there are video tutorials online or browse our knowledge center for a clue.

 

Situation 2: "I am still on the Tiger operating system and just bought the Cannon HG20 camcorder and when I tried to edit the film onto my computer in iMovie 08, nothing happens?"
Note: Maybe the user still use PowerPC on her/his Mac, iMovie 08 promised to work with AVCHD camcorder, but can only work with an Intel-based Core Duo processor or better.


Situation 3: "I tried to put the videos (m2ts) from my AVCHD camcorder in iMovie 08, it only recognizes the photos that have been taken, not the video."
Note: Due to the wide range of media types, and different ways manufactures store video on these media types, not all tapeless camcorder are compatible with iMovie 08. Also, some of camcorders may only be used in a specific region, for example, Panasonic HDC-SD3 is only available in Japan.


Situation 4: "I have iMovie 08 on my Mac and it handles AVCHD format, but it doesn't have any special effects! The older versions have effects, but can't handle the quality of my AVCHD camera."
Note: iMovie 08 drops many features which origianlly existed in the previous versions of iMovie, such as some special effects, this could be really a pity.


Non-iMovie 08, 09 problems
Situation 1: "I got Panasonic HDC-SD5 and I tried to edit the video in iMovie 06 on my Mac, it won't allow the feed to go through, is there any way I can make it without having to buy iMovie 08?
Note: Actually 100% you can't, and there is one way indeed can make you what you can't do in iMovie 06, just read this article to find the answer.


Situation 2: "I have a Mac and would like to edit AVCHD files (mts), I don't need a tons of special effect like Final Cut offers, but just slightly more than iMovie (unless 09 can handle the HD quality, I have iMovie HD but it couldn't do it)."
Note: iMovie HD will handle AVCHD files directly if miracle happens, you need to turn to another way.

 

How to handle AVCHD files?
As to how to play AVCHD files, there are few if not many, I just name one for your reference, Cyberlink PowerDVD Ultra, it supports playback of the AVCHD files and a whole host of other high definition formats.

 

As to how to edit AVCHD files, VoltaicHD could be a choice, but I also see someone talking about video and audio sync problem with this application, so try with care.

 

If you still desperately try to import your AVCHD files to iMovie, you may try this movie converter which is 100% clean and powerful and it is specially designed to solve this problem professionally.


Have a look at Movie Converter for Mac
Movie converter for Mac is a versatile 2-in-1 application that integrates DVD ripper and video converter into a single interface. With DVD ripper you can rip and convert DVD content to various video formats smoothly. And with video convert you can convert between almost all video formats include SD formats like AVI, WMV, MPEG-4 (MP4), MPEG-2, DV, MOV, VOB, MKV, FLV, 3GP, RM etc and HD formats like AVCHD (mts, m2ts etc), MOD, HDV, HD MP4, HD AVI, HD WMV, HD MOV etc so you can import into iMovie (no need to consider iMovie version) or put on various portable devices and applications.

 

Mac movie converter is also an excellent editing tool that has been enhanced to run on both PowerPC and Intel (Snow Leopard included). With it, you can edit your AVCHD (mts, m2ts etc) files freely. If you want to cut your videos to a certain length, no problem, by dragging the first slider to set the start time and the second to set the end time, you can easily achieve it by Trim function, adjust the aspect ratio by Crop function, or apply special effect to your files by Effect function. Besides, the merge function and built-in batch processing function are also available.

 

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