This page has all the info I have collected on using Apples iMovie
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Apple removed their link but a reader has found an alternate way to download the 1.0.2 iMovie that Apple used to post for free :) I assume Apple removed the link when they decided to sell version 2? Here is yet another link given to me. Thanks guys!
5/4/2000 Apple just announced that they are giving iMovie (the DV editing software that comes with the latest iMacs) away for free! Here are the specs Apple lists
This sounds a bit steep but don't worry, here is my systems it runs on.
I also installed it on my B&W G3 350 with OS 8.6 with no problems. The G3 is probably not needed in the 6400 but sure helps! I only used it once so far and that was to make a movie out of several different JPEGs which it can import with no problem . Then I added a music track and then exported to QT format. Now it took 1/2 the night to make a 2min movie but I had picked Sorenso Highest Quality at 640x480 so this may be why it took so long? The file only ended up being 33MB which isn't bad but remember this is only a 2min movie! You need HD space for this thing :) Below find more info I collected on using Apples iMovie.
Here is some reader feedback on iMovie and Final Cut Pro on the 6400/6500. Thanks guys.
Just wanted to let you know that Apple has iMovie 1.0.2 available for a free download. I have tried it on my 6500 (Sonnet 500 L2G3) but wasn't able to get it to work. When I launched it, a warning came up saying that I don't have Quicktime Firewire DV Support installed. I proceeded to enable and update that extension and the Quicktime Friewire DV Enabler too. However, when I launch iMovie, it still came up with that warning. Desktop rebuild (using Techtool and traditional restart with extensions off) and PRAM zap did nothing, and iMovie will crash after that warning dialog box is closed with a type 12 error. : (
I did read that someone was able to get it to work with his 6500/250 (no G3 upgrade) in the MacCentral forum. He said that it felt really slow and that G3 will be needed to speed things up. He also said that iMovie crashed on him too.
Just thought you might like to know this info. : )
Both iMovie and Final Cut Pro work fine on a 6400. Even before mine was G3 upgraded to a 300/200 1Mb machine. The only thing I don't know yet is if it will work well with a live feed of digital data via a Firewire PCI card. I only have a PC card for my G3 Powerbook. However, I can take the data file from my G3 Powerbook and transfer it over to my 6400 and launch Final Cut Pro or iMovie and still watch the video and/or edit it. In short do everything but import live Firewire video due to not having a PCI Firewire card yet. I HIGHLY recommend you tell others on your site about the RocketFire card from macworks.com. It is working better than the Orange Micro or Newer Fire-2-Go cards from what I hear.
You're welcome. I'm using OS 8.6 and Quicktime 4.1.1. Tell all of your many readers that if they don't have a digital camera, but do already have a good 8mm analog camera, then just buy a Sony DVMC-DA1 or DA2. I have the DVMC-DA2 and it works great. I can take all of my Sony 8mm tapes and VHS tapes and convert them to digital format. Then I can output it back to analog and it looks like a pristine first generation tape recorded live and not dubbed. I tell you, iMovie and Final Cut Pro are making me miss Avid Cinema less and less.
Solving Type12 error and importing QT movies: Tiong sent me a tip on how to solve Type12 errors with iMovie and how to import QT movies into it. This part will require the Pro version of QT though which costs $30. Not too much to ask for to get this great little movie editor :). Thanks Tiong
Yes, I agree. It is no big loss for me. As for the Type 12 error, someone posted in Mike's G4 Forum that this is due to having the Control Strip extension being disabled. Although I haven't tried it yet (don't think I will, actually), I think he may be right as I do have Control Strip disabled.
As for importing QT into iMovie, there is a way. Check out http://til.info.apple.com/techinfo.nsf/artnum/n60561 for more info. : )
iMovie info from MacFixIt: I got the following from MacFixIt's web site.
[Using iMovie on "unsupported" Macs: a follow-up
We continue to get confirmation that the now free iMovie software works on a wide variety of Mac systems, beyond what Apple's Web page says is required (see item last time). Here are a couple of examples that show you can even use iMovie effectively on Macs without FireWire ports:
Andrew Sorensen writes: "I surprised to find I could run iMovie on my Power Tower Pro 250 604e machine! Of course, I have no way to directly input or output digital video (no FireWire port) but I can input analog video to my VR 128 card which I can digitize through QuickTime as a digital stream clip. Then with iMovie closed, I drop these dv clip files into the media folder of the movie I want to work with. When launched, iMovie, will then put them into the Shelf, where I can then work with them. I haven't found a way to import them other than this."
F. Todd Wilson writes: "I installed iMovie on my 96MB 233MHz iMac (Rev A). Works like a gem! I've got a Belkin USB video import/export adapter. All I had to do was save my movies using the software supplied with the adapter (Strata VideoShop), open the movies in QuickTime Pro player, save them out as "DV Stream" with a ".dv" suffix on the end, and move them to the "Media" folder of my iMovie project. Voila!! Took me all of 15 minutes to make a 30 second movie with a titled opening and two fades, then export it as a 260K QuickTime file ready for e-mailing! "
Install errors A few users have reported problems getting the Installer to work (Type 11 or Type 12 errors occur); a corrupted download seems the most likely cause. Dave Dawley (and several other readers) suggested this work-around: "I traced the error to opening the iMove.img file from the installer image. Copying the contents of the installer disk image to my hard disk and running the installer from there eliminated the error."
A reminder: A Type 12 error when using the iMovie application has a different likely cause. According to Apple TIL article #25113: "iMovie will quit with a type 12 error if the Control Strip extension is not present in the Extensions folder." (Thanks, David Whitehead.)]
iMovie info from MacInTouch: Here is some info I found at MacInTouch's web site. Also here is a link to MacInTouch's archeived info for iMovie.
[Steve McClay] "As noted on your website on Sunday April 30, there are some problems installing iMovie from the disk image. I found that if Aladdin ShrinkWrap mounts the self-mounting image, iMovie fails to install. If you drag the ShrinkWrap mounted image to the trash and double click the .smi to mount it, iMovie will install without problem."
[Joel L. Kauihou] "There is a way to import any quicktime movie into iMovie.
First of all you need Quicktime Pro. Second, open desired movie in Quicktime Player, export movie as a DV Stream using default settings. (Warning - small movies will be stretched and dv movies will be very large in megabytes) Third, start a new project in iMovie, save and quit. Fourth, put saved dv movie into Media folder in your project. Fifth, open project in iMovie and click OK to add stray clip to the bin.
More info from Rodney on Sony's analog/DV converter boxes: Previously Rodney had sent me info on using Sony's DVMC-DA1 or DA2 to convert regular analog camcorder video to DV format for streaming over FireWire to your computer. Here is a very detailed letter he sent that should describe these products more fully so you can decide if you would like to get one if you already own a good video camcorder. Thanks Rodney.
6/10/2000 iMovie on OS's older then 8.6?: Jeff would like to know if anyone has gotten iMovie to install on an older OS like OS 8.1? If you have iMovie running on anything older then OS 8.6 Please let me know. Thanks.
[Do you know if anyone has successfully installed iMovie with an older OS? The iMovie installer states that OS 8.6 is required. I attempted to install on my 6400/200 w/Vimage 240 running OS 8.1, but could finish when the installer discovered OS 8.1 on my hard disk. Any ideas or is OS 8.6 really the minimum OS required to operate iMovie?
Thanks for any info.,Jeff]
10/20/2000 iMovie 1.0.2 not available anymore?: Looks like Apple removed the free download of iMovie 1.0.2 from their servers since they started selling version 2.0. None of my links work and doing a search on Apples web site results in nothing :( If anyone has a secret link to a download of it, please let me know .
iMovie may not ever work properly on the 6400?: Here is a letter from Vick who received an email reply to a question he asked Orange Micro on using their firewire card in a PowerBase 180 (which is like a 6400/180). It doesn't sound promising for out Macs :(
11/3/2000 Link to iMovie found!: Alan found a cached page from Apples web site on a popular search engines web site. I tried the link and it still works. The page asks for an email address so I don't know where that info is going since Apple removed this page from their web site? I suppose Apple is getting this info and may wonder where it came from? Thanks Alan.
12/2/2000 TIL on Apples iMovie default export settings. For those of you that have used iMovie, you will appreciate this info. It tells you the compression settings used for each of Apples default export settings. Thanks Apple :)
Possible solution for iMovie reporting your HD is too slow: I found this on MacFixIt.
They also noted that a Powerbook (firewire) user noted replacing a 20G IBM drive with another brand fixed his issue. So just having a fast drive might not be the solution for some?
12/30/2000 40 gig drive and iMovie, happy together!: Ralph sent me some info on his installation of a 40G ATA/100 drive solving his iMovie slow HD warnings. Thanks Ralph. He installed it on the stock 6500's stock IDE bus and not an one of the IDE-PCI cards so he is only getting a max of 16MBps. From the couple of postings above, I think sticking with the stock IDE bus for audio/video may be better anyway?
1/13/2001 iMovie info from Ralph: Ralph also sent me a lot of misc iMovie info which some of you may find usefull. Thanks Ralph. Again its very large so I made it a text file.
2/24/2001 iMovie 2 may work on slower Systems better then iMovie 1?: Ralph, who was having much trouble with iMovie 1.0.2, just send word that iMovie 2.0.1 seems to have fixed his problems! Thanks Ralph. Click here for more info I have on iMovie.
10/5/2001 iMovie 2.1.1 update kills dragging the preview window to add transitions!: Ever since iMovie came out, I had always added transitions and titles to my movies by picking what I wanted and then dragging the little preview window to the point on the time line I wanted to add it. Well, under v2.1.1, this is broken. Now the only way to add a transition or title is to drag the name of the transition or title you want from the list to the point on the time line you wish to add it. I think this feature worked in older versions of iMovie as well but now its the only way yo do it. This is for the 2.1.1 version in OS 9 and OSX.
4/7/2002 Premier info from Sanh: Sanh sent me some info on using Adobe Premier. His experience on using Premier is from the PC version but he thought that some of his experience would help us out. Thanks Sanh. Click here to read his info.
I thought some of this info might be useful for iMovie users as well :)
7/20/2003 Guide from Roxio on how to make nice VCD's: Ralph sent me a link to Roxio's web site where they have a guide on making good quality VCD's. Thanks Ralph!
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