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iMovie not importing any format

Nov 8, 2011
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The first time I used iMovie it worked perfectly, but now it will not import any of my videos to edit.
My camcorder records in AVI, so I knew I would have to download a converter.
After doing so I tried a few different formats, but none of them worked.
I tried Switching it to MOV, MP4, and M4V.

What happens when I try and import them, is this...
After I find the video and click "import" the window disappears and the "optimizing video" tab pops up like usual. It takes about 2 seconds for the optimizing video bar to complete and then it disappears, but the video is no where to be found.
I tried creating different events, I have tried all the tabs on the "show" scroll bar, and none of the videos show up.
I even went so far as to open iMovie in the finder, and manually drag the video into the desired event. The video is in the event and it created a cache, but in the iMovie program it still does not show the video.

Please help, I really would like to get this footage of my band online soon, and would like to edit it.

Thanks- MCB

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