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i'm having trouble importing my movies

Posted: Sat, 15th Jan 2011, 10:11pm

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rdevai

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when i import my movies into effectslab pro, it just shows a black screen. i am on a mac and it didn't used to do this, i could use any videos from my camera and use them on thei program but now for some reason it just isn't showing the clip. please help
Posted: Sat, 15th Jan 2011, 10:45pm

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RigomrtsFX

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you just need to update my QuickTime 7 Player
yes i had the same thing happen to me 2 times make sure you
have your quick time set to auto update
Posted: Tue, 18th Jan 2011, 4:44am

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ZIRRETTA FILMS

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Wow... someone actually has the same problem. I don't know how to fix this. How do I set Quicktime to auto update? I don't think that's the problem. I might need to update this stupid flip for mac update for 30 bucks. If not that, I need to purchase a serial code for Divx. I have no idea... Why is my media black?
Posted: Tue, 18th Jan 2011, 6:17am

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Most likely its due to the video being in a codec that isn't compatible, or a codec that isn't intended for editing. When you capture your footage to your Mac, convert it to a good editing codec at the same time, such as Animation, ProRes, or Apple Intermediate, and you won't have any problems. As an added bonus, your footage is guaranteed to retain its quality better as well.
Posted: Sun, 23rd Jan 2011, 4:34am

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How the heck do i change my clip's codec on imovie or effects lab pro?
Posted: Sun, 23rd Jan 2011, 4:50am

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ZIRRETTA FILMS

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that's what I'm wondering... and whoever said that setting quicktime to auto update fixes the problem, it doesn't. I've downloaded the newest version of quicktime 3 times now and it doesn't do a thing. I just want there to be no invisible/black media. Has this happened to anyone else that knows how to fix it?
Posted: Sun, 23rd Jan 2011, 5:21am

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Macon Magic Productions

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Yeah, I just also tried updating quicktime player 7 as well, and it didn't work. what do i do? somebody PLEASE RESPOND QUICKLY.
Posted: Sun, 23rd Jan 2011, 5:23am

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Then again, I tried to update it manually. how do i set it to auto update? will somebody please tell me?
Posted: Sun, 23rd Jan 2011, 7:40am

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Axeman

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This shouldn't have anything to do with setting Quicktime to auto update. If you use the "Export using Quicktime..." option in iMovie, you have full control over the codec of the .mov file created. The exact process might vary a bit depend on what version of iMovie you use.
Posted: Sun, 23rd Jan 2011, 9:42pm

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ZIRRETTA FILMS

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I don't export from iMovie, I just import TO iMovie, and it AUTOMATICALLY is available for me to use in effects lab pro (normally), but the media is black even after doing the same thing. And it's not like only the clips that I've been importing recently aren't working, but NONE of the thousands of clips that used to work, actually work. So this whole thing doesn't make any sense to me at all... Thanks though for the help... How do I export from iMovie? Well, I know hoe to, but can you just export one clip or one whole PROJECT? Should I be exporting my whole movie to effects lab pro when it's fully edited except the effects?...
Posted: Sun, 23rd Jan 2011, 9:57pm

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Yeah, I'm not sure why this would start happening suddenly, unless there was an update to Quicktime which modified something somehow. I'm gonna see what I can find out about this development.

You can export either clips or an entire project from iMovie, depending on what you select before exporting. The iMovie help should have more info. In the Share menu, there is an "Export Using Quicktime" option, which gives you full control over the size, codec, format, audio compression, etc of your exported file. I'd recommend using the Animation codec.

Typically, its best to only export the individual scenes that require effects work, so you don't have to re-render scenes that don't need to be. It saves render time and quality.
Posted: Sun, 23rd Jan 2011, 11:24pm

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ZIRRETTA FILMS

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Thanks so much. Yeah, in the middle of editing, my clip suddenly went black on the canvas and on the media slide in between Effects and Info, but all the added effects stayed there... Very strange...
Posted: Mon, 24th Jan 2011, 6:48pm

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OK, it would seem that Apple updated something in Quicktime with the Intermediate Codec, which iMovie uses to capture and process footage, which stopped it working. this isn't something FXhome has any control over, so unfortunately all you iMovie users will have to switch to a different codec until Apple gets this sorted out.

As I think I mentioned earlier in this thread, you can use the Export using Quicktime option in the Share menu of iMovie to export to other codecs, like the Animation codec, which I recommend.
Posted: Tue, 25th Jan 2011, 12:26am

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ZIRRETTA FILMS

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ok... Is it possible to change the codec on my clips that I have already filmed and imported, or can I just change the codec of the clips that I import in the future WHEN I import the clips? In other words, can I only CHOOSE the codec, or can I both CHOOSE and CHANGE the codec of my clips? Also, why do you think that the clips all of the sudden went black IN THE MIDDLE OF EDITING? I wasn't updating anything while editing... Thanks...
Posted: Tue, 25th Jan 2011, 1:04am

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It may be that you had a preview render in place displaying the clips, form before the update, and then when it went to re-render the frames, the codec was no longer working properly. I'm not sure why else it might suddenly happen mid-edit. But we know that nothing changed in EffectsLab, so it has to be something to do with the Quicktime system used to display video.

In order to change the codec of existing clips, you will have to transcode each one to a new codec. The workflow EffectsLab was designed to work with is to only export the scenes that need effects out of your editor, in this case iMovie, then open them in EffectsLab. If you use this procedure, then you can transcode those clips to a different codec while exporting them. I don't think you can stop iMovie using the Apple Intermediate codec for all its internal goings-on. I think it used Intermediate to import footage, no matter what. So you will have to export the footage from iMovie for it to be compatible, or else use some different software that can convert it while you are capturing it to your computer.
Posted: Tue, 25th Jan 2011, 1:43am

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What I've been doing for using imported clips for effects lab editing:
-connecting HD camera to computer
-importing clips at Large (960x540) because it says that "using Full (1080) degrades video quality on my computer"
-opening up Effects Lab Pro
-clicking on "import media"
-going to my iMovie Events Folder and finding the clips to import
-then I import them

Is there a better way? I can't find out how to EXPORT (not import) just one clip. When I go to "export using quicktime" in iMovie, selects my whole project to export even when I have one clip selected....
I guess this doesn't have anything to do with my problem in Effects Lab, maybe it does, but it's still helpful to know...
Posted: Tue, 25th Jan 2011, 3:42am

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Yeah, iMovie is pretty crippled when it comes to actually functioning as a video editor, which isn't really an ideal situation for a piece of software that is supposedly supposed to be a video editor.

You can create multiple projects within iMovie, right? If so, can you just create a new project and drop in the clip you need to export?
Posted: Mon, 31st Jan 2011, 6:12pm

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JoKron

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I read this whole thread and it doesn't provide much help then stating it's Apple's fault for updating Quicktime. I would rather hear someone state "we are aware and are upgrading OUR product to be compatible with Quicktime videos". As I stated in a previous thread... I stopped using this product, specially if there is no good support.
Posted: Wed, 2nd Mar 2011, 2:43am

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rusty316

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hey axeman, When converting options in export with Quick time what options do u need 2 chance 2 get ur clips 2 work in Effects lab ?
Posted: Wed, 2nd Mar 2011, 3:27am

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I'd use the Animation codec, myself. The codec is all that will need changed, the other settings can stay as is. The exact process may vary a bit depending on the version of iMovie you have, but there should be an "Options" button in the first dialog when you export, which will open a new dialog with a Video button, or something similar. This button gives access to the codec menu. I';m going from memory here, as I've not used iMovie in a while, but if that is way off, let me know and I can start the program up and give better instructions.