OKAY...what video formats are importable to imovie and editable? My Panasonic uses AVCHD mts. Does that import? Thanks for any enlightenment for a new ipad2 owner.
I don't think it is as much compatibility as it is how iMovie looks for videos. It's weak, and that is being generous.
For one thing the iTunes direct transfer thing is not working right. I suspect when that is fixed it will be a lot easier.
Don't forget that you can connect up to a TB of photos and videos to the iPad using drives from hypermac, AirStash, and others, wired or wirelessly.
Once in a compatible format, videos from virtually any source can be viewed and edited using the iMovie application. Plug your Kodak directly into the iPad? No. Convert the video format through your computer and then edit on your iPad using iMovie? Yes.
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iPad 2 wifi black w/Tan Smart Cover
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"Video formats supported: H.264 video up to 720p, 30 frames per second, Main Profile level 3.1 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video, up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format" Apple - iPad - View the technical specifications for iPad.
Therefore, it will not support AVCHD. Also no HD (1080p) formats. I Wish they had a list of compatible camcorders instead of going through all this junk.
Last edited by Chriztofor; 03-14-2011 at 05:41 PM.
1.) Made sure video was in iPad friendly format... in this case it was a .MOV.
2.) Used iPhone Browser application (free) to copy the video into the iPad's DCIM/100APPLE folder (the folder that is seen on the iPad as the "Camera Roll"). No jailbreak required to access this folder.
3.) Synced with iTunes which causes the photos database to rebuild itself. This causes the newly copied video to show in the Camera Roll on the iPad itself.
4.) Opened iMovie and imported clip. (If I do more than one iMovie only seems to see the last one.)
I have since tried a few other clips that both the Photos app and iMovie "saw" but didn't seem to work with right (as in: no video). I was able to use these very same clips in Reel Director without issue. Also Reel Director sees all the movies I have copied over this way, not just the last. So you might try that app.
Now in theory I should have just been able to go into iTunes and copy the video directly into iMovie. But NOTHING works there... not even photos or videos I shot on the iPad itself. So there is fixing that needs to be done on iMovie.
if someone can find out the exact format we need to convert to then it wouldnt be much of a problem.. one of the things that im disappointed in is they show clips that you know were not filmed with an iphone, ipad, or ipod touch and they are editing them.. yet no other information on what codecs will work.. etc.. i have tried converting to .mp4 and other things to get 2 cameras i have to work.. i bought the camera kit thinking i could easily import and edit small clips using iMovie however it wont work.. hopefully someone finds a solution.. iMovie should be able to edit any video that shows up in 'videos' on your ipad.. i even used itunes and synced with photos with 'include videos' checked.. they import.. however iMovie cannot see them.. i think you are right.. the videos need to be in the camera roll..
Last edited by blueridge; 03-15-2011 at 10:01 AM.
Black iPad 2 16GB
Did you try the help menu in imovie...
See if that helps.If iMovie canít access your video and photos
The first time you open iMovie, a message appears asking permission to use your current geographic location. Because photos and videos recorded with your device include location information, you must tap OK to enable iMovie to access photos and videos in the Media Library. If you donít tap OK at this point, you may need to change your device settings later so it can access your media.
To enable iMovie to access your video and photos:
Open the Settings app on your device.
Tap Location Services.
Turn iMovie on.