Digital Artifacts

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Importing own video clips to iMovie

I have gone to iMovie Help, but it hasn't helped. I am trying to import video clips from a camcorder into iMovie but it keeps saying there is no camera connected. I have checked the instructions a dozen times: I am plugged into the right port, I have clicked on "camera" and "play", I have clicked import, I have unplugged and replugged. Does anyone have any idea why iMovie doesn't detect the camera or if I can approach this in a different way?


Blogger JackieK said...

Does the camcorder require you to download a program to your computer before connecting it? Like with regular digital cameras, they usually give you a set up disc to download before you can upload the pictures from the camera.

October 14, 2007 at 6:23 PM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

One thing you might try is to make sure the cam in plugged in and powered up in VTR mode before you even start the computer. This may help.
Other things that might help is to make sure your cam is in SP playback mode and that if there is a date set on the camera it is correct.
What kind of camera do you have?

October 15, 2007 at 12:24 AM  
Blogger Colin and/or Michele said...

I ran into this exact same problem myself a while ago--turned out that the cable that came with the camera (a Sony digital camera) wasn't suitable for linking the camera to my Mac (it was only a USB cable, not a firewire cable). I went and bought a 4-6 pin IEEE 1394 firewire cable and haven't looked back since. My advice is to go to a shop and double-check what cable pins you need (e.g., the number pf pins stuck into the connectors at each end of the cable) before you buy.

October 15, 2007 at 8:45 AM  
Blogger Mirijana said...

Thanks everyone for your suggestions. I tried a couple of them and it turns out the wire was defective. I got a new one and was able to import the video. Woo hoo!

October 17, 2007 at 2:16 PM  

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