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Nikon D5000 video and Mac OS X iMovie 09

by johnsamwallace / February 5, 2010 3:26 AM PST

Greetings. I bought the D5000 partially because it would allow me to take short video clips during photo shoots. Unfortunately, I have not been able to download avi files from the D5000 to iMovie 09 for editing, though reviews I read of the camera claimed that this would not be a problem. Any suggestions?

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Nikon D5000
by snapshot2 Forum moderator / February 5, 2010 6:23 AM PST

I suggest you buy a SD card reader for your computer.
Make sure that it can also handle SDHC cards.

Put your memory card in the card reader and your computer will see the card as being a hard disk.
You can drag and drop any file on the card to your computer.


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Nikon D5000
by johnsamwallace / February 5, 2010 8:11 AM PST
In reply to: Nikon D5000

Thank you. The problem is not getting the file onto the computer; the problem is getting iMovie to recognize the avi file. Apparently iMovie does not recognize avi files, that the Nikon D5000 saves to. Perhaps there is a plug in that I need but I'd prefer not to spend money without knowing the solution. Thanks again. JSW

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HD AVI and imovie 09
by hjfok / February 5, 2010 9:19 AM PST
In reply to: Nikon D5000

The .avi files will not work with iMovie. You need to convert the .avi files to some other formats (eg. MPEG-4, .dv, .mov) that is compatible with iMovie for viewing and editing. There are a number of converting softwares, some even free, that you can easily google online.

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Import Nikon AVI files into Mac OS X iMovie
by johnsamwallace / February 5, 2010 10:29 AM PST

Problem solved: If I import my .AVI files from my D5000 directly into the iPhoto directory (just plug in the camera and let iPhoto open; then import them). Open iMovie; choose File>Import>Movies. The .AVI files in the iPhoto directory are now recognized; highlight one and click Import. For some reason iMovie only recognizes .AVI files that are in my iPhoto directory. I'm using OS X 10.6.2 with iMovie 8.0.5 and iPhoto 8.1.1. Hope it works for you:-)

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