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Import DV files into iMovie more quickly Apps
Importing DV files into iMovie can take quite a while, even though iMovie uses DV as its native format, and no conversion is needed. A quicker way to do this is to create a new iMovie project and the close it again. Locate the project file you just created, Control-click it and choose Show Package Contents. This will open in a new window with some folders. Drag your DV footage into the folder named Media and close the window. Now, double-click the iMovie project file to open it. iMovie will open and then prompt you about some stray file; select View Trash. Then simply drag the clips to the media pane. This is very useful for users who have non-mini-DV camcorders who have to manually convert and then import their clips.

kirkmc adds: There's a similar hint here, but the new hint discusses importing directly from a camera, rather than importing varied format videos. It seems different enough to warrant its own inclusion.
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Import DV files into iMovie more quickly
Authored by: tommyw on Apr 16, '07 11:29:05AM

I do this too. It's far quicker.

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Import DV files into iMovie more quickly
Authored by: zebrum on Apr 16, '07 06:59:55PM

I can't wait for Adobe Premiere to be released so it will be possible to work with mpeg2 on macs. Hopefully MainConcept will release the plugin to allow mpeg2 native editing just like they have done for PCs. It also does smart rendering. This stuff is essential for MicroMV cameras its a total pain iMovie and FCP are DV only.

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Import DV files into iMovie more quickly
Authored by: dorianshints on Apr 16, '07 08:37:48PM

Check into the new FC, I believe it now works with any video format in real time.

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Import DV files into iMovie more quickly
Authored by: cpreston on Jun 05, '10 04:35:47PM

I have a completely different method that perhaps works only on recent versions of MacOS/iMovie, but it is MUCH easier than the procedure above.

For each directory containing video files that you want to import (.dv or .mov), all you need to do is do this:
1. Close iMovie
2. Create the following sub-directories in the directory you wish to import
iMovie Cache
iMovie Thumbnails
3. Start up iMovie. it will process the directory, create the thumbnails, etc.

You can create the directories above in a shell prompt by typing the following commands:
cd <directory-with-videos>
mkdir 'iMovie Cache'
mkdir 'iMovie Thumbnails'

or if you have a lot of directories, you can do this

cd <directory above all of the directories to import>
for i in *
mkdir "$i/iMovie Cache"
mkdir "$i/iMovie Thumbnails"

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