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iMovie Users Having Problems With Effects Lab Pro?

Posted: Tue, 25th Jan 2011, 6:18am

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ZIRRETTA FILMS

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Alright, I want to know how many people have problems importing media to Effects Lab Pro, where the media imports, but it's just black and blank-- nothing shows. This happened to me recently, like around Jan 10-15, and I've made so many attempts to fix this. It happened in mid-edit, where all of my clips suddenly glitched and went black. Now they're like this every time I try to import.
I wanted to know if this is an apple intermediate codec update from apple in iMovie... Is there anyone who has had this problem with "black media, but knows how to fix it?" If so, what software are you using and what codecs...? Thanks for replying...
Posted: Tue, 25th Jan 2011, 11:53am

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Simon K Jones

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Have you tried exporting do a different Quicktime format? Perhaps the Animation codec?
Posted: Wed, 26th Jan 2011, 3:07am

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ZIRRETTA FILMS

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I would try that If I knew how to export one single clip, not the whole project. I don't think you can do that in iMovie. I just IMPORT to iMovie and it's available to use in effects lab by going through the iMovie events, selecting the footage, and importing it. Is there a way to export one clip by itself in iMovie or should I download something off the internet that enables me do do it?...
Posted: Wed, 26th Jan 2011, 6:48pm

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alienux

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I don't use iMovie, but this came up with a Google search:

Export Individual Clips from an iMovie Project

Does that help?
Posted: Thu, 27th Jan 2011, 1:14am

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ZIRRETTA FILMS

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Thanks dude, but that wasn't iMovie... What software was it?
Posted: Thu, 27th Jan 2011, 2:37am

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Yeah, that was iMovie HD, back when it actually was a video editor, before Apple crippled it. Every version of iMovie apple releases is less functional, it seems, and the exact version you are using will affect whether you can export individual clips, as well as how you do so, if its possible.

Can't you create a project and only insert the clip you want to export, then export the project?
Posted: Thu, 27th Jan 2011, 4:38am

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ZIRRETTA FILMS

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That wouldn't be a bad idea... Except for the fact that I would have like 100 projects, but I could deal with it and try to find some way of organization... Thanks for the tip. So should I be exporting to the animation codec with 1080p HD and quicktime? What else should I do to make it compatible with Effects Lab? Could this fix the problem I've been having with "black media?" Thanks for your time...
Posted: Thu, 27th Jan 2011, 5:36am

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Axeman

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I'd recommend the Animation codec, yes. You shouldn't need to do anything else; the Animation codec is fully compatible, so yes, it will correct the "black media" problem. That problem ONLY occurs with the Apple Intermediate codec, and only for the last few weeks. If you do run into any issues let us know, but you should be good to go.
Posted: Thu, 27th Jan 2011, 5:43am

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ZIRRETTA FILMS

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Yes... Thank you so much for all your help-- it finally works. The frame rate seems very choppy and slow for some reason, even though I set it to 29.97. Is it the animation codec that does this? I normally use H.264 because it has great quality... I didn't seem to notice quality difference when changing to animation though, except for the choppiness.
Posted: Thu, 27th Jan 2011, 6:47am

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Axeman

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How do you mean its choppy? In EffectsLab? When you try to play the files back in Quicktime? without some sort of context, its hard to say what the issue is. Don't expect high-quality HD video to play back smoothly in Quicktime though, especially at full resolution. Playback of HD is what codecs like H.264 were designed for; by throwing out three quarters of the data, to massively reduce the file sizes, they create a file that can be more easily played back by your system. The trouble is, every time the file gets saved, the discarded data compounds the loss of quality, so even though after a single compression an H.264 file looks great, after being saved and recompressed several times the quality will head downhill very quickly. That's why it isn't a good codec for editing.

On the other hand, while Animation is a great codec for retaining quality while editing, it isn't much good for playback, and you would want to use a good delivery codec, like H.264, to encode the final version of your project for viewing.
Posted: Fri, 28th Jan 2011, 2:10am

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ZIRRETTA FILMS

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I mean that it's like stop animation and it doesn't flow smoothly. The eye gets lost with the motion as if it was hundreds of pictures taken... but at least it works and I'll definitely figure it out soon... It's probably just the playback in effects lab, but when export, it should play fine...
Posted: Mon, 31st Jan 2011, 6:01pm

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JoKron

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Man, I hope this gets solved... Since I did an Apple upgrade (have no idea what they upgraded, but iMovie was also in there) I haven't been able to see video in FXHome. I only see the effects, and though the video is there it's blank. I stopped using this product.
Posted: Tue, 1st Feb 2011, 9:22am

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Simon K Jones

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This does seem to have been caused by a change Apple have made, unfortunately. As Axeman has recommended, exporting to a different codec such as Animation is the best way to go.
Posted: Thu, 3rd Feb 2011, 6:11am

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ZIRRETTA FILMS

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yeah... I recently "fixed" this problem, but you have to create a new project for each clip (or you can edit a scene of multiple clips and put all in one project, but it would take longer to render because of the length...) and export using quicktime to the animation codec... for best quality, use 1440 by 1080... when done exporting, you will be able to import to Effects lab pro. This is the best that I know of... there's no quicker and easier way to making the clips compatible with effects lab and other fxhome products, other than exporting projects...