Why is iMovie running slow on my high-end iMac?
November 22, 2007 8:16 PM Subscribe
I'm the proud owner of a new Intel iMac, a 2.4 Ghz with 2 gigs of RAM, and I'm having a dickens of a time trying to edit my 26 minute wedding video in iMovie '08--namely it's as slow as the molasses in January. I'm not making a feature film here...what gives?
posted by zardoz to Computers & Internet (6 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
What I want to do is cut out some extraneous footage, change some of the soundtrack songs, and add some wedding photos.
I ripped the wedding DVD onto my harddrive with Handbrake, and have ripped a few different sizes: one's about 300 megabites and the other I made about 100 megabites, mp4 format. I import that into iMovie, which is a very long process, about 30 minutes or so for it to "make thumbnails" of the video, and it doesn't seem to matter what size it is. I also made a .mov file, which was very large, about 1 gig, but actually imported quickly. But with all sizes and formats, the video seems to be too long for iMovie to deal with.
Once it's in iMovie, the software is more or less unworkable; the thumbnails never actually show up, I suppose because for 26 minutes worth it's a lot of thumbnails. But ultimately I just can't do anything--any button I click or action I do brings up the color spinny thing for 10 seconds.
What's the deal? What am I doing wrong? I've got Final Cut Pro installed as well but haven't played around with it much, as it's mostly baffling. I figure iMovie is the way to go for a relative amateur at this, but...2 Gigs of RAM should be enough to tackle 26 minutes of footage, but I guess not.