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Old January 20th, 2009, 10:26 PM   #1
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Hi all,

I am a pro photographer that has just purchased a Canon 5D mark 11 and am very impressed with the quality of the movie footage. I am hoping to put together a couple of simple DVDs for promotion of my Working Kelpie (sheep/cattle dogs) Stud and a few other small projects. I am not conversant with video editing software, but run a Mac and am quite capable in many applications. I have had a fiddle with Mac's iMovie and find it quite simple to understand and use. My problem is that iMovie 08 continually crashes when I am trying to edit footage from the Canon 5D mark 11 - it plays the files OK, but crashes when trying to edit footage.

Can anyone help with why this is happening and what simple options I might have to edit this HD footage without purchasing and learning an entire new application.

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Old January 21st, 2009, 07:57 AM   #2
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Hi
I would love to give you some advice but can only say that exactly the same thing happened to me when using i Movie. I also know you can't use Final cut express 3.5 but I'm not sure if you can use Final cut Express 4.0 but you can definatley use Final Cut Studio (seemingly!)
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Old January 21st, 2009, 04:29 PM   #3
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Thanks Mark.

It appears you are having the same problems with iMovie that I am. I have heard of others using iMOvie 08 to edit footage from the Canon 5D mark 11 - is there anyone out there that can clarify that?

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Old January 21st, 2009, 06:29 PM   #4
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Imovie 08 does work, but it takes an eternity to create thumbnails if you have several large video files. Expect to wait a long time before editing. Once the wait is complete, it's smooth sailing from there.
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Old January 21st, 2009, 06:45 PM   #5
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Thanks Rich, you are right about thumbnails taking a long time, but where I am having problems is when I run the cursor along the thumbnails to start cutting and pasting segments the line (cursor) lags a lot and struggles to keep up and then the application crashes. I am running all current software and updates and 4 gig of RAM. I have tried the footage at other Macs at a local Mac shop and they crash too.

This is very frustrating for me. I have quality HD footage and need to put a couple of short DVDs together, but iMovie won't let me.

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