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Need to continue iMovie project on PC

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Last Modified: 2013-11-17
I've spent hours capturing DV video in iMovie.  My PowerBook's hard drive has just given up the ghost (OK, I dropped it!).  Fortunately all the iMovie folders are stored on my server.

I need to complete the project and don't have time or money to repair the PowerBook.  I also have a PC.  What are my options?  I've found I can play the media files on Quick Time on the PC if I add a .dv extension to the filename.  But Windows Movie Maker won't recognise and import the files.

I realise this is probably more a PC question than a Mac question - in my defence I'm an omnivore and am also posting a pointer in the PC section - just hoping some of the Mac Experts might know a trick with these media files!

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you need to get that MAC back online.. OR transport the file to another MAC and edit there.


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I thought I might have found an answer: River Past video cleaner, which converts from DV to AVI.  The files open successfully in WMP and Windows Movie Maker.  But for some reason I'm only able to get a very inferior resolution.

I do have an iMac, but it's just not up to the job (speed, memory way off the mark: opens the files into iMovie but can't handle playback without stuttering and jumping).
byundtMechanical Engineer
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Hi johnclarke123,
You can boot OS X from a network source, such as your server. Why not reinstall your OS X there? Once this has been done, you can install iMovie on the server then complete your project using your PowerBook.

When you can afford it, the replacement hard drive on your PowerBook should cost $100~$200.


That sounds like an interesting approach.  How would I go about installing the OS X on my Windows Server - a lot of updates have gone by since my CDs were pressed!
Andrew DuffyTechnical Services Coordinator

If you can get hold of a copy of Quicktime Pro, you should be able to convert the .dv file to a higher grade video format. Perhaps a friend has a copy? Anyway, it's not like the cost of a license is extortionate.
Irwin SantosComputer Integration Specialist

cool. thank you!
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