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imported video half the length of the original

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We've imported video from a Flip camera into iMovie so that we can edit it into a larger project.

However, three separate clips in iMovie are each 1/2 the length of the original video on the camera.

We've tried importing the clips a couple of times. We get the same results each time. A 43-second clip on the Flip cuts off in iMovie after 21 seconds. A 9-second clip on the Flip cuts off in iMovie after 4 seconds. Etc.

The overall larger project is a video for a 95th birthday celebration ... tomorrow...HELP!
 
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Someone else had this problem using a Flip, according to a search I just did. The answer, which was given 5*'s was as follows:

When plugging in Flip, a pop up appears in iMovie that allows importing of videos - CANCEL this!

Instead, import them from the file (File > Import > Import from file) and then select videos from Flip camcorder files.

Hope that helps.
 
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Didn't work...

Tried the suggestion found by David Green, but it didn't work.

First, the "import this video" window didn't pop up when I plugged in the Flip. No problem, I thought. I went to File --> Import ... but there was no option to "Import from File". "Import from Camera" is, though...tried that ... and got the same result as before.

We're sadly running out of time to get this done for the birthday.
 

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