Exporting video files from ImageMixer 3 to iMovie???

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by monica.cavanaugh, Oct 13, 2007.

  1. Apparently I made a disasterous mistake by ever installing ImageMixer
    3 when I got my Panasonic SDR-H18 last month. Now all of my movies are
    trapped in ImageMixer and I can't for the life of me get them out so
    that I can edit them in iMovie.

    I have read a lot of terrible reviews of IM, and it seems a lot of
    people have uninstalled it, as it isn't really necessarry. I would be
    glad to do that, but I don't want to lose my files!

    I've tried saving to the hard drive as well as all the usual exporting/
    importing routes for iMovie, but it's just not working.

    Can someone help me save my movies?? And if you have any other advice
    on the camera/software, that would be helpful as well.

    monica.cavanaugh, Oct 13, 2007
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  2. monica.cavanaugh wrote ...
    Why "trapped"? Are you saying that once you transfered
    the video from your camcorder, you erased the video on
    the camcorder?
    In exactly what state do they exist on your computer
    now? Are they in files that you can see? What kind
    of files are they? (what file extension, etc.)
    It is not clear from what you have written that removing
    an application program will have any effect on your video
    files. Can you explain why you think removing the program
    would destroy the video?
    If the video is not on the hard drive now, then exactly
    where is it?
    You will likely need to describe your exporting attemps
    in detail. A generaly arm-waving dismissal of the
    feature us unlikely to give us enough detail to help you.
    What options are aailable for "Save As" (or equivalent)?

    I found a discussion of getting the MPEG files out of
    your camcorder into iMovie here...
    (I Googled for: Panasonic SDR-H18 mpeg)
    Even more results Googling for: SDR-H18 imovie
    With sufficient information and cooperation from you,
    it seems likely that your movies can be saved.
    You didn't explain why you found ImageMixer
    Richard Crowley, Oct 13, 2007
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  3. monica.cavanaugh


    May 16, 2011
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    ImageMixer 3 Danger! I made the same mistake!

    I'm new with camcorders (first purchase was the canon HF200 - only records to 1080 x 1440) and navigating through software has been rough. I started with Pinnacle and since moved on to Adobe Premiere Pro as I learned more adn when I bought the next generation Canon Camcorder HFS20 to record in 1080x1920.

    Well.... there's a problem when the manufacturer includes CDs for a new customer. It's easy to believe the CDs are absolutely necessary for operating your camocorder when hooked up to your computer uploading recorded files.

    Now, I'm faced with having uploaded files into ImageMixer 3 to clear my camcorder for future recordings and soon discovered I can't export my files into my Addobe Premiere Pro editing software.

    Yeah, Yeah, I know you should always keep the original recorded file saved until you are absolutely sure of proper backing up. I was very paranoide about that and started to accumulate alot of SD cards and was getting buried. I started to believe that I needed to trust that these software tools were freindly when included by the manufacturer, but this time I really blew it and deleted the original recording on my camcorders internal memory - aargh!

    I can open info about the file in image mixer and it reads 1080x1920, so I felt safe. UNTIL, I tried to export it. I can only export as hi as 1280x720 as a video sharing file. There are no clear options to export as originally shot in 1080x1920!

    Is there a way to export the file as the hi def 1080x1920 video I orginally recorded on? It's frustrating because the content I recorded was a one time event.

    Keeping the faith.......Joe
    JoeVideoGuy, May 16, 2011
  4. monica.cavanaugh


    May 16, 2011
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    ImageMixer 3 Problem Solved -Frustration & then Patience - Is it really that simple?!

    WOW, what a scare! Believing that a reputable company like Canon (Love 'em and still only buy Canon cameras) would be careful not to lead the amateur/ new adopter into an ugly experience and heart ache without a warning label....Like me!

    I thought my videos had to be saved somewhere on my computer, right? You see it all the time on forensic files. Well, I just held onto hope when I was in ImageMixer and clicked on the tab FILE PROPERTIES and it still read 1920 x 1080. I'm an idiot because as I was in the file properties tab window staring, I noticed that at the bottom of the little window was a label that read "Location:" followed by a file name with the same tag as my camcorder hi res video clip had...Done deal.

    I simply did a search by typing in that entire location file name and found where my raw clip went. Then, I also did a manual explore to look into each folder until I came to that folder location and found all of my video clips sitting right there in all of there HD 1920x1080 glory.

    To make sure I wasn't dreaming, I clicked and dragged one of my Hi Res clips to the desktop - no prob, it worked! Then I opened up my adobe permiere pro and imported it into my editing area to confirm that it read 1920 x 1080. And, IT DID! my desktop dragged clips even read Item type AVCHD video.

    I also tried a test to make sure I still wasn't hallucinating so after I clicked & dragged the file onto my desktop and imported it into my Adobe editing software identifying it as my Hi Def clip that I thought I lost, I finally clicked on the clip image in that frustrating Image Mixer library list and a glorious window popped up reading "Can't find the file. Files may be moved or deleted." AWESOME! There's even an exclamation point by the still image in ImageMixer's list of my video clip! LOL!! You can use those exclamation points to confirm your clip are outta there...

    I will be deleting this very troublesome software as soon as I confirm all my clips are safely removed from ImageMixer and hope it works out for everyone that they can still rescue their clips in glorious Hi Def!!
    JoeVideoGuy, May 16, 2011
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