I am using a March 13, 2010 version of iMovie, since it is importing, it will not allow me to check the version number.
It is the "new" iMovie not the timeline based iMovie HD. I have that too, and Final Cut Express. Can't afford Final Cut Pro.
Following your instructions, I get a folder that is labeled QuickLook, but not Media.http://forums.appleinsider.com/image.../1confused.gif
You wrote: A new folder will open with a few other folders inside it, one of these is called media.
I am about to go bald with the import times, 11 hours for a 1 hour HD video. Crazy.
What is the normal time for import with iMovie? What is the time for your shortcut?
I am trying MPEG StreamClip now, for exporting a Selection of about 20 minutes from an over 1 hour HD video. It has been running for about 35 minutes and is 23 per cent complete.
Importing the one hour HD video from a Samsung SC-HMX10C NTSC into iMovie has been going all night long and still says 5 hours for optimizing video.
I like my old tape video camera, firewire and old iMovie program FAR Better, because I can connect, import in an hour or less and start editing. These delays kill any desire to work with this monster.
Originally Posted by bikerdude
Rather than import via the menu reference, I do it this way and it seems to be quicker.
Create a new project, then quit IMovie.
Go to the folder where you have the new project saved, highlight the new project, right click and go to show package contents.
A new folder will open with a few other folders inside it, one of these is called media.
Open this media folder and drop the avi/mpeg files into this folder.
Close all your folders and reopen Imovie, open the new project you created, when the project is opening you get a dialogue tell you that there are new files in the trash, choose to view the trash and your files will be there, you can then drag them from the trash into you clips pane in Imovie.
This works well for me, although the size of the files which you have added can still slow down the initial startup process while it moves them from trash to clips pane but it is way faster than using the import command. Sometimes if I am working with very large files I will do each one separately, or break the original file into smaller segaments.
Hope it works for you.