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Old May 2nd, 2006, 05:03 PM   #301
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It is a bit of a setup, and frustrating if you don't follow the "right" steps.

First, I try to make sure that the camera isn't on when plugging or unplugging it. I try not to have the video edit program running until the camcorder is plugged in and turned on. Be sure the camcorder is set to Play/Edit mode before starting the program, this seems to help.

Start the video software, make a new project and be sure to select the DV Widescreen in the new movie project screen, I think under the advanced button or options arrow.

You should now be able to capture in Widescreen DV format. Similar steps should work if you open an existing DV Widescreen project, just make sure the project is set that way.
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Old May 3rd, 2006, 09:58 AM   #302
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if you are outputting to DVD using iDVD from iMovie, the software will automatically downconvert for SD-DVD delivery for you. so it doesn't matter on the front end how you edit the footage, format-wise, unless you plan a delivery other than SD-DVD and need to reconfigure. you didn't mention your delivery plans, but this could possibly save you the step....the end results look pretty nice.
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Old May 3rd, 2006, 12:17 PM   #303
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Thanks for your adivce. The main reason I wanted to import SD instead of HDV was to save on editing time. Delivery will be SD-DVD so your advice on importing to iDVD is helpful. I will try to do it following all the steps perfectly and see if it won't work. Thanks again!
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Old May 16th, 2006, 08:47 PM   #304
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Optimizing iMovie output for huge screen

A friend and I are completing a 5- to 10-minute documentary and have been invited to show the short as part of program of longer video works at a local theater in a few weeks.

I don't have the exact screen dimensions, but I believe the video will be projected from the original projection booth and centered within the cinema's widescreen.

This is a fairly huge auditorium -- I'm told it originally seated more than 1,000.

So, my question is this: We'll be assembling our video in iMovie HD and burning a disc using iDVD. Is there anything special we should be doing to optimize this for a large screen?

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Old May 17th, 2006, 11:42 AM   #305
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If you are able to hook a dv cam or deck to the projector i would probably just view the final product off of a mini dv tape instead of going thru the dvd compression. may result in a cleaner picture since its being blown up.
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Old May 17th, 2006, 11:46 AM   #306
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Matt,

Thanks for the idea. I'm not sure if they'll be set up to do that, but I'll check.

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Old May 17th, 2006, 12:04 PM   #307
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Leigh if not i would use the best dvd compression iDvd does and you should be fine. i have been to a few film fests with them projecting dvds and it looked ok. it really comes down to how they have the projector setup etc. as I have seen some projections that looked horrorible but i beleieve it was due to not having it set up correctly because the discs i receved that were shown looked decent on my tv.
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Old May 17th, 2006, 06:17 PM   #308
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If you are able to hook a dv cam or deck to the projector i would probably just view the final product off of a mini dv tape instead of going thru the dvd compression. may result in a cleaner picture since its being blown up.
The projector will still only project an SD image.
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Old May 22nd, 2006, 08:33 AM   #309
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Update: I found that if you set the VCR mode to automatic, then iMove will work properly with the downconvert.
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Old June 4th, 2006, 05:13 PM   #310
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IMovie file unreadable

I have used IMovie to make slide shows for several years. I now am making movies And after hours of tweeking the video. I saved it and opened it , or tried to and the application said "Project File is Unreadable".

Any suggestions?
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Old June 4th, 2006, 10:56 PM   #311
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did you happen to empty iMovie's internal trash can? that can corrupt your entire file. don't ever throw anything away until the project is completed to its final delivery method.

do a search for iMovie's "Media" file and see if you can recover the clips. it won't spare you the hours of lost tweaking, but it can save you a step if you have to do it over. you can re-import (select all, drag, drop) those files into a new project file, if you need to do it again.
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Old June 8th, 2006, 09:16 PM   #312
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Importing iMovie project to Final Cut

Hi,
I need to have a doco edited pretty soon but do not own a copy of final cut yet.
Is it possible to do the rough cut in iMovie and then import the file into Final Cut Pro?
Are there any complications I need to be aware of?

I have the latest version of iMovie HD and will be getting the universal version of Final Cut.
I have footage shot on a PD150 and an A1 E.

Thanks for any advice on this,

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Old June 8th, 2006, 09:43 PM   #313
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iMovie records using the DV stream format.
A- FCP doesn't play back the audio in real-time. Audio needs rendering if it's on the timeline. Audio plays fine in the viewer.
B- DV stream has no timecode. This means you can't recapture from your tapes.

I can't remember if FCP can import iMovie projects... FCExpress can.
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Old June 20th, 2006, 01:53 PM   #314
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Final Cut Express will import iMovie projects so long as FCE is as up to date as iMovie. This is due to the iMovie format changing so often, older versions of FCE just wont recognise the file format.

However, I've attempted this and it's no small feat. A lengthy, theme varied iMovie track just gets jumbled all over the place in FCE. I'd just start again.
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Old July 18th, 2006, 03:03 AM   #315
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Plugins for iMovie HD5

Guys:

Please pardon my newbie question. I am a FCP user, first-time iMovie HD5 user. Here goes: How do I install a special effect plugin and have it work with iMovie HD5?

I downloaded it from a website and it is in ".dmg.sit" mode. Do I just drop it into the "plugin" folder?

Please help! thanks
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