More Info on Datestamps in Time-Lapse Movies

Rob Griffiths follows up an earlier post with more details on getting iMovie HD 6 to embed date/time information in a time-lapse movie. Turns out that you need to tweak a preference using Terminal.

Bingo! This hidden feature will let you put time and date stamps on iMovie time lapse projects created with DV cameras. Here’s what you need to do.

  1. Quit iMovie if it’s running.
  2. Launch Terminal, in /Applications -> Utilities, and enter the command:

    defaults write com.apple.iMovie allowDVwithSG -bool yes

    You only need to do this one time.
  3. Launch iMovie with your DV camera connected. Click the triangle next to the camera icon and choose Time Lapse.
  1. Confused:
    I got this far:
    aunch Terminal, in /Applications -> Utilities, and
    But this part I do not know what do to (where am I entering this information and what exactly to I type and where. All I see is a bunch of Utility files):
    enter the command:
    defaults write com.apple.iMovie allowDVwithSG -bool yes
    You only need to do this one time.

    Reply

  2. Mike, when you launch the Terminal application, you should see just a line of text with your user name. This is the command line. Type that command (“defaults write…”) and hit Return. That’s it.

    Reply

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