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Converting AVI files to something iMovie understands

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Converting AVI files to something iMovie understands

I have been capturing video in AVI format from an analogue camcorder using, alternately, xawtv on Linux and Pinnacle Studio on Windows.

Basically, I haven't found any decent video editing tools for Linux or Windows, and I need some way - any way at all - to get these AVI files into a format that iMovie HD - that's the Apple iLife component for video editing - can import. As far as I can see, that means outputting as either a DV stream, an MPEG-4 (Simple Profile), or maybe, a Quicktime mov.

I haven't a clue where to start, although I've confused myself in the process of investigating tovid, ffmpeg, avidemux and others. I don't mind if I have to convert to an interim format - replace AVI with MPEG-2 if you like; I can do that.

Please help if you can!
Thanks.
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Converting AVI files to something iMovie understands

I just found this

http://www.download.com/TMPGEnc/3000-2140_4-10353607.html?tag=lst-0-13

im not sure if its any good or not though Cheesy


Also this:

http://www.download.com/Front-End-Convert-Drop/3000-2170_4-10389120.html?tag=lst-0-3

Again, dunno if its any good.
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Converting AVI files to something iMovie understands

Thanks; TMPGEnc won't work, but I'll try that second one. No high hopes though.

By the way, these are 360x540 MJPG AVI files at 24.997 fps.
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Converting AVI files to something iMovie understands

Adobe Premiere
Adobe After Effects

Both those tools are the leading packages in the field for Video Editing, dont use a MAC :S *shudders*
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Converting AVI files to something iMovie understands

I know they are, but they're frighteningly expensive.
What's wrong with a Mac?
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Converting AVI files to something iMovie understands

quite a few professional video editers (the people) use macs.
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Converting AVI files to something iMovie understands

CyberLink PowerProducer can import AVI files and convert them to DVD if thats of any use. You can download a free trial from their web site.

http://www.gocyberlink.com/multi/download/download.jsp
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Converting AVI files to something iMovie understands

yea the uneducated ones use macs, everone knows AMDs rule at the moment for real time stuff, this can be seen by the latest CGI movies ALL Being renderd and worked on using AMD 64bit CPUs and Intel Xeons, not the G5 CPUs from IBM... The Mac is dead, long live cheeper PCs!
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Converting AVI files to something iMovie understands

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long live cheeper PCs!


Does'nt sound like cheaper PC's to me :-)

http://www.linuxjournal.com/articles/lj/0099/6011/6011s1.html
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i assume imovie prefers quicktime (.mov) if that helps
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Well actually I think iMovie performs rather well. I've tried editing on Windows - with an AMD (32) processor at that - with Pinnacle and CyberLink and Magix software and others, and it just doesn't work. The word 'crash' embodies the disadvantages quite nicely, I think, although the other problems were myriad.

Thanks for your help, but I've given up - I'm getting an external analogue-to-digital video converter.