imovie on ipad2 can ONLY edit ipad videos

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    Wow! I cannot believe that you cannot import any files into the imovie app. That just sucks. I was hoping to import videos from my Kodak Zi8 pocket HD camcorder, but not possible as of now. Doesn't seem practical to have to carry around an ipad to shoot videos, although it is a nice option. I hope there is a workaround for this serious limitation.

    Darren :(
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    It is just a matter of codec's. The issue is with the cameras and all the different codec's that are available. For instance, even FinalCut wont edit my RAW HD1080 from my Sony camera without first being converted to a different codec, so I stick with Vegas Pro.

    See if you can get a refund and look at ReelDirector instead.
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    I can edit my iPhone 4 videos. Btw I would sell that janky kodac FYI. :)
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    The word "ONLY" in the title of this thread is misleading: it just can't use video from that particular camera... and yes probably others. But it most certainly is not limited to ONLY iPad 2 videos. Let's not draw conclusions from a sample size of, uh, ONE.



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    i presume imovie on ipad 2 will edit any ipad compatible mp4 movie
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    I think the point was that not all videos will be able to be edited in iMovie. For me, if I were to a) get an iPad 2 and b) get iMovie then there is no way I would convert my existing footage from my camera using my PC only to throw it on the iPad for editing on iMovie.

    Double the render =\= Double the fun.
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    Let me update the word "ONLY" to specify videos from iphone or ipod touch. I have been researching this for 2 days and also called apple tech support. I hope you can prove me wrong.
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    only videos from ipad, ipod or iphone.
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    Well that is kind of obvious.... I expected it to only work with videos the iPad can natively play.



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    People have reported being able to play movies such as .MOV and .MP4 on ipad, but imovie still won't import.
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    I just added a video I shot in 2005... before there was an iPhone.



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    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.
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    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.
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    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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    "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.
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    @Michael - What format and how did you import? Camera connector kit or itunes sync?

    Thanks.
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    Well it was a circuitous route...

    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.



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    That would be nice, but given the shear number of camcorders available, with new ones every week, it might be just a tad difficult. And can you imagine the cries of outrage from every manufacturers who was left out by mistake?
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    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..
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    Did you try the help menu in imovie...
    See if that helps.

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