iMovie 4/iDVD 4 VQS Correction

Alert reader Michael pointed out a typo in iMovie 4 & iDVD 4 for Mac OS X: Visual QuickStart Guide:

Page 100, Figure 9.7 should read “Use the Save Frame As command…” (not Safe).

True, it’s not a life-threatening error, but why give the typo the satisfaction of mucking up the book?

Thanks Michael! If anyone else runs into errors, please email me.

And if you haven’t seen it yet, be sure to note the correction from page 29.

  1. create an iDVD Project, Extra bits p. 72, right hand box.
    Final word is “via”. There should surely be a word or two more here.


  2. iMovieHD/iDVD5 VQS Pge 221 sidebar.
    I work in PAL HDV 1080i and tried dragging one of my 5 10 minute movies to a new imovieHD project and got message ‘the file could not be imported. QuickTime could’nt parse it”
    My workaround to get a combo movie was to first convert each separate movie to QuickTime but this took 50 minutes and another 13 to import it to combo timeline.
    You used the adjective ‘reference’ in last para. Am I missing something?
    I’d be delighted and grateful to get some guidance here.
    Sydney, Australia


  3. Graham,
    What exactly are you trying to drag to the new project? It sounds as if you’re dragging the iMovie project file, which gives me the error you mentioned.
    The “reference movie” in the sidebar on page 221 is actually something held over from the previous edition that I should have corrected. In iMovie 4, a separate QuickTime movie was created in the project folder that represented what was on the timeline; it’s a “reference” because that file just points to the content in the Media folder, rather than including all the footage.
    iMovie HD 5 switched things around a bit: the reference movie still exists, but now it’s located within the iMovie project file (which is now a Mac OS X package file; Control-click and choose Show Package Contents to get inside). You’ll find a QuickTime file called “Timeline” in the Cache folder. If you drag that file to the new project, iMovie HD imports it as its own new clip, just as you edited it in the old project. After you bring in your five movies, you can drag them to the timeline in the new project file, then output that to iDVD or whatever.
    iMovie HD 6 has another option that doesn’t involve digging around inside the project file itself: you can have two (or more) projects open at the same time, and drag clips directly from one project to another. That also includes clips on the timeline, including transitions. However, that doesn’t include content on audio tracks: you can copy those over, but you’ll have to do it in a separate action.
    And, as you discovered, you can export the movies to QuickTime files, but especially with HDV footage, that’s time consuming and annoying.


  4. thanks alot dude. i was totally unaware of this. keeping updating us with nice stuff like this.all the best!!!


  5. I HAVE A MICROTEK Take-It MV300 which would not display clips on my apple machie ERROR MESSAGE” QUICK TIME COULDN’T PARSE IT”


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