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Hi geniuses,

I have been using iMovie HD for quite some time now. (iMovie '08 was a huge step backwards in my opinion, and I hated it.)

But just this week, I opened iMovie HD and began my import process and it starting importing all my footage into one long clip, not separating them into "clips" as it always has.

I tried everything, to no avail, including reinstalling iMovie and re-importing. No such luck. Same issue.

So I finally loaded up iMovie '09, and have been pleasantly surprised by the improvements (but still no ability to add effect to video which upset me). But the same issue persists. iMovie '09 is importing all my footage as one long clip, no separation.

Now I have been importing and editing with the same combo of equipment for a few years now with no issues. My camera is a Hi/Digital 8 Sony Digital Handycam, firewired to an iMac Intel Core duo 2.1 ghz.

Why suddenly are things not working properly? Did I inadvertently flip some mysterious switch on my camera? Is the camera/editor combo suddenly obsolete? Why do things just stop working properly?

Terrible timing for this as I have some urgent editing projects that I need to get finished and soon.

Any advice?
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Other things to ask your self; have you updated any software, like QuickTime or moved on up to Snow Leopard, installed any extra add-on codecs.

If the footage was a transfer to miniDV tape from other sources and it was done in one go, then there are no breaks.

Although it is a hassle, you can still edit the footage. You may find this easier in iMovie 09 because of the quick way you can skim over the material and select the section you want. This was the original intent of the pre-cursor to iMovie 08/09.

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When asking questions, post the version of your software. You'll receive better answers.

Please post your results to the thread as it is good feedback.
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