Many digital cameras will also take video clips. When I am taking pictures of my nieces, I will often take a couple of short video clips as well. When I get back to the computer, iPhoto imports the video clips right along with the photos.
When you want to watch the video clip in iPhoto, all you have to do is double-click it and it opens in Quicktime. All is good in the world.
That is, until you try to use those video clips in iMovie or iDVD. iMovie will import the movie just fine, but there is no sound. iDVD just doesn't want to work with these videos at all. I can't speak for every digital camera, but I know this effects Sony cameras because that is what I have. From what I have read, it applies to other camera brands as well.
The problem is that most digital cameras record their video in an older format that iMovie and iDVD don't recognize. The video must be converted to a newer format to be used. Over the years, I've seen several round about ways of doing this conversion, but recently I found some software that makes the conversion very painless.
The software is called ViddyUp! and it's actual job is to convert video for iPods and AppleTV. It just happens that once you get your video in a format the iPod likes, iMovie and iDVD like it as well.
ViddyUp! costs $10 to register, but it will convert 2 1/2 minutes worth of video without registration so you can try it out.
Here's how to make the video conversion:
- Launch ViddyUp! and go to Preferences. On the Videos tab make sure that the Save To option is set to iTunes Music Folder and Add to iTunes Library is checked.
- Drag your video clip from iPhoto to the ViddyUp! window. (You can also drag to the ViddyUp! Dock icon which I found easier to do.)
- Once the video clip loads in ViddyUp!, you will see a drop down menu for Encoding. Choose iPod and iPhone for TV, MPEG-4. Then click Process.
- When the conversion ends, you will have a newly created video in iTunes in a playlist called ViddyUp!.