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iMovie '09 Editing - Importing Video Footage

Flip video camera

 

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Import your Footage

You must have iMovie open to begin importing your footage. The importing process is different depending on how your footage is created and stored. Think of how your footage is stored right now and choose the most applicable option below:

USB Drive, External Drive, or File

Import your footage : USB Drive, External Drive, File | Memory Card | Flip Video Camera | DV tape | Digital Video Camera

  1. Make sure that you can access your file (i.e. download it, plug the drive in, etc.)
  2. Go to the File menu
  3. Go to Import
  4. Choose Import Movie
  5. Locate your file
  6. Proceed below to the instructions for the best way to save your footage to guarantee that it isn't deleted upon restart.

SD card or other type of memory card

Import your footage : USB Drive, External Drive, File | Memory Card | Flip Video Camera | DV tape | Digital Video Camera

  1. Insert your card into a card reader that is attached to the computer. Most Macs on campus have SD card readers built into the right side of the computer. There are external card readers available in the MultiMedia lab that will read cards other than SD. Talk to an ITS staff member if you need help or email helpdesk@augustana.edu.
  2. The import window should open automatically. If it doesn't:
    • Click on the Camera button on the left side of the middle of the screen
    • Go to the File menu, choose Import from Camera
  3. Decide what you want to import
    • If you would like to import individual clips:
      1. Set slider to Manual
      2. Check the boxes of the clips that you want
      3. Click on the Import Checked button
    • If you would like to import all clips:
      1. Set slider to Automatic
      2. Click on the Import All button
  4. Proceed below to the instructions for the best way to save your footage to guarantee that it isn't deleted upon restart.

Flip Video Camera

Import your footage : USB Drive, External Drive, File | Memory Card | Flip Video Camera | DV tape | Digital Video Camera

  1. Plug into USB port
  2. The import window should open automatically. If it doesn't:
    • Click on the Camera button on the left side of the middle of the screen
    • Go to the File menu, choose Import from Camera
  3. Decide what you want to import
    • If you would like to import individual clips:
      1. Set slider to Manual
      2. Check the boxes of the clips that you want
      3. Click on the Import Checked button
    • If you would like to import all clips:
      1. Set slider to Automatic
      2. Click on the Import All button
  4. Proceed below to the instructions for the best way to save your footage to guarantee that it isn't deleted upon restart.

DV Tape

Import your footage : USB Drive, External Drive, File | Memory Card | Flip Video Camera | DV tape | Digital Video Camera

  1. Use workstation with the DV tape player.
  2. The import window should open automatically. If it doesn't:
    • Click on the Camera button on the left side of the middle of the screen
    • Go to the File menu, choose Import from Camera
  3. Decide what you want to import
    • If you would like to import individual clips:
      1. Set slider to Manual
      2. Check the boxes of the clips that you want
      3. Click on the Import Checked button
    • If you would like to import all clips:
      1. Set slider to Automatic
      2. Click on the Import All button
  4. Proceed below to the instructions for the best way to save your footage to guarantee that it isn't deleted upon restart.

Digital Camera

Import your footage : USB Drive, External Drive, File | Memory Card | Flip Video Camera | DV tape | Digital Video Camera

  1. Plug your camera in directly to the computer.
    • Note: If you do not have the proper cords to plug your camera in, try the cords that are located on the wall near the east door of the MultiMedia lab. If those don't work, see if your camera has a DV tape or a memory card. If it does, you can follow the instructions above.
  2. The import window should open automatically. If it doesn't:
    • Click on the Camera button on the left side of the middle of the screen
    • Go to the File menu, choose Import from Camera
  3. Decide what you want to import
    • If you would like to import individual clips:
      1. Set slider to Manual
      2. Check the boxes of the clips that you want
      3. Click on the Import Checked button
    • If you would like to import all clips:
      1. Set slider to Automatic
      2. Click on the Import All button
  4. Proceed below to the instructions for the best way to save your footage to guarantee that it isn't deleted upon restart.

Deciding Where to Save your Clips

Important Note: Lab computers on campus are set up to go back to their default configurations after they are restarted. This means that ALL FILES THAT YOU SAVE TO THE MAIN HARD DRIVE OF A LAB COMPUTER WILL BE DELETED UPON RESTART. To avoid losing your files, make sure that you understand the following options for saving your project!

After telling the computer which clips to import to iMovie and from where, you should see a save window. This is where you indicate the location that you want your project to be saved. Pay close attention to the options below to make sure that your footage is saved in a secure location!

1) Where should the files be located?

Where should the files be located? | How should the files appear in iMovie? | Should the files be copied or moved?

The Computer Hard Drive

This is a good location for your project if you are working on a personal computer. However, it is not a good location if you are editing on a lab computer. Reminder: When Augustana lab computers are restarted, all files on the main hard drive are deleted!

The Temp Drive of a Campus Computer

This is where you should save your clips if you plan to work on the same campus computer and the project will be completed within a couple of weeks. Keep in mind: these computers are for public use. Others will be able to see (and even edit) your project. As hard drives fill up, ITS will clear off older projects to make room for newer ones.

A Flash Drive or External HD

As long as you have enough space on the drive, this is a good location - especially if your clips contain personal or confidential content or you will be working on the project for more than a month. However, if you are importing from a camcorder or tape (DV/VHS) you should import to the computer hard drive first and then transfer the file to the external drive to make sure that your video imports smoothly.

2) How should the files appear in iMovie?

Where should the files be located? | How should the files appear in iMovie? | Should the files be copied or moved?

My clips are unrelated to any of the existing events in iMovie:

In this case, you should create a new event by typing the name of the event in the Create New Event field. This will create a separate section in the events viewer just for the clips that you are importing.

There is already an existing event that my clips are related to:

In this case, you should choose that event in the dropdown menu that is provided. Your clips will be automatically placed into this event as they are imported.

3) Should the files be copied or moved?

Where should the files be located? | How should the files appear in iMovie? | Should the files be copied or moved?

This option allows you to decide what to do to the original files when they are imported. If you no longer need the files in the original location, you can choose Move. If, however, you want to keep the files in their original location as a backup, you can choose Copy.