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    Want to use imovie and Flip camcorder

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    Want to use imovie and Flip camcorder
    Is there a way to use imovie and a Flip camcorder. I don't really want to pay for more software - are there any free convertors about?

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    Want to use imovie and Flip camcorder
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    What makes you think the Flip won't work directly with iMovie?

    If you are using the outdated Flip Mino, all you have to do is download a free plugin, as explained here. Once installed, you can directly import into iMovie.

    If you're using a Flip MinoHD, you just have to import the video into iMovie as explained here.

    Flip's Ultra line of camcorders have direct native support, either SD or HD (requires iMovie 8.0.3 or later).

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    Want to use imovie and Flip camcorder

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    To tell you the truth I haven't got the camera yet but I was reading up on the net and it said imovie won't recognise the mp4 format and you have to convert it - (getting the Flip next week)

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    Want to use imovie and Flip camcorder

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    Quote Originally Posted by swoosta View Post
    To tell you the truth I haven't got the camera yet but I was reading up on the net and it said imovie won't recognise the mp4 format and you have to convert it - (getting the Flip next week)
    What version of imovie...? 09 will recognize and import mp4 files no problem....

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    Want to use imovie and Flip camcorder

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    imovie 09
    should be ok then
    thanks everyone

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    Want to use imovie and Flip camcorder
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    Apple was the principle inventor of the MP4 format. Just FYI.

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    Want to use imovie and Flip camcorder

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    I'm no expert here...but at this point there are very few mainstream containers / codecs that imovie will not recognize...

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    Want to use imovie and Flip camcorder
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    Quote Originally Posted by codda View Post
    I'm no expert here...but at this point there are very few mainstream containers / codecs that imovie will not recognize...
    No, this isn't true. iMove only *natively* supports a handful of codecs: DV, AVCHD, certain kinds of AVI (h.264), MP4 and maybe one or two others.

    With the help of Flip4Mac WMV Player and Perian, perhaps, the range expands a little.

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