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    Jul 08, 2012
    iMovie problem

    I could use some help on this issue. I hope someone saw this before.
    I have converted VHS to mpeg on my PC.

    Then, converted these to .mov on my mac.

    -Imported them easily in iMovie.
    -Created a new project and a new event for around 15 clips.
    - After playing around for a couple hours, no video is being played anymore, the viewer stays black and only sound is coming out.

    When I want to start playing the video anywhere in the project, it starts back at the beginning showing the intro but when it gets to my .mov it stops and only play sound.

    I have tried to reimported the videos in a new event and it doesn't seem to be working either.

    Please help me

    - Oh and after converting my 1 hours VHS to mpg, it's taking 21GB. We all know the quality of VHS... Any reason why it takes that much space and is it possible to compress it to a normal size without losing any quality? Could it be the problem also?

    I just switched to Apple. I have converted with Honestech VHS to DVD software, around 15 VHS. A lot of them are an hour but taking 20GB space each.

    I took the mpg from the PC, copied them to OSX, right-clicked on them and used, keep same quality. Then simply dragging them to the new event in iMovie 11.

    I could try to reconvert them to a lower quality format?
    I hope not to lose that much quality on the VHS, since they are memories and we wish to keep it the best.

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    Jan 22, 2010
    Victoria, BC
    Mid-2012 MBP (16GB, 1TB HD), Monoprice 24-inch second monitor, iPhone 5s 32GB, iPad Air 2 64GB
    I don't know the answer to all of the issues, but here's what I can help you with:

    The video going black etc is *probably* due to not having enough free hard drive space and/or RAM to handle the 21GB file you're trying to play back. You'll need far more than another 21GB available to make that run smoothly.

    For future reference I would suggest saving your imported VHS tapes in DV or Apple Intermediate Codec, then editing them and only when that's done would you save them to a "lossy" format like MP4, MPEG-2 etc.

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