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    Can't get any codec to work with iMovie (OS X 10.3.9)
    Hello everyone.

    This is a rather old macintosh computer, which has been upgraded to Mac OS X Leopard (v10.3.9). A friend of ours, who is much more knowledgable about Macs than we are, told us 10.5 would be too much for a Mac with just 300 MB memory.

    The harddisk only is 30 Gb, leaving little room for flexibility when I edit my videos here. This is the only computer in the family with FireWire ports, hence I need to use this.

    The file size of the iMovie file alone is a little over 10 Gb, leaving only 10Gb for an export file. This means I MUST codec it while exporting, or it'll be too big for our harddrive. Therefore I installed DivX for mac, and according to Google, I should be able to export movies as DivX avi now. However, there is no DivX option at all to be found under the Export option, nothing has changed at all in the Export options after installing DivX.

    What am I doing wrong? Should I do something specific to make iMovie recognize DivX? Is this because we do not have version 10.5? What can I do to make it work? I have QuickTime 6.4. I tried upgrading it, but the site said the minimum requirement was OS X 10.5 for Leopard and 10.4.something for Tiger (I'm not even sure if I should install a Tiger software at all on Leopard), so I didn't dare to. I'm using iMovies 3.0.3.

    Thanks a million!

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    You will have to encode the movie as Quicktime MOV or MPEG 4 for now, iMovie does not have DivX support built in

    If you really need it to end up bring a DivX AVI file then a program like FFMpegX can do the conversion after the iMovie export
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    Jan 03, 2009
    Which is the issue, I can't, I don't have the harddrive space for that. I tried encoding it in Sorasen (or something, whatever the codec in iMovie was called). It did make the movie 100 times smaller, but at a horrible unviewable quality price.

    Then if it is not possible to export as Avi DivX, is there software I could install that can do that all at once? That is, record my video from my camcorder, and then export it in codec form?

    Of course, on the long term, I'll try to find a better solution for this problem (add a Firewire slot to my own pc, for example, but financially that is not an option right now).

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