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Ghostshadow 08-31-2007 11:19 AM

Screencasts and iMovie 08
Wow.. frustrated!

I don't think / probably wouldn't normally use iMovie 08 to edit a screencast. But since it's new and all, I wanted to give it a try. To be honest, once you learn it, it's not bad. Some of the gripes people have are actually easy resolved. But anyways, on to my problem.

I decided to take a screen capture via SnapzPro X. Once I was finished recording the screens I wanted, I imported them into iMovie 08. Things are going well, I'm chopping and trimming clips (yeah you can do it! ) etc. About 3 hours go by, I'm finished editing, I play it in iMovie to make sure it works well. and it looks pretty decent. So I go to export it. I tried the settings for the new export options.

It worked... kinda, I exported the video and all I get is my transitions and titles. The actual screencast does not show up! I don't know what's going on, I've even encoded it with quicktime, exported the xml to finalcut, finalcut didn't see the transitions but it did see the screencast video.

So here is my question, does anyone know how to get the video to show up? It plays perfect in iMovie, but it's not exporting what I just edited. I'm really frustrated because everything else went so well, and after 3 hours of editing these clips all I get it black where the video should be and then transitions and titles.

Aptmunich 08-31-2007 12:50 PM

What codec did you use to export it from Snapz Pro?

Ghostshadow 09-03-2007 08:12 PM


It saved it as an animation with the .mov extension. That might be part of the problem, but I'm not sure, I've used the same format many times before in iMove HD. I'll try to encode the video to something different to see if it'll fix it.

Aptmunich 09-04-2007 01:22 AM

Yeah, the animation codec seems a bit odd at times. It gives you great compression, but horrible performance in Final Cut Express. Plus, I've experienced 'streaking' in the video using it.

I'd go with H.264.

Alice_LJ 08-01-2008 10:03 PM

Cool! Thanks for that, good info there.
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