Archived - iMovie '08: Previewing video when importing may not work when recording video in "Pre-Record Mode" on some camcorders

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Some camcorders have a new Pre-Record function which, when enabled, continuously records several seconds of images into an internal buffer memory which helps capture sudden shooting opportunities. Enabling that mode, however, may cause not being able to preview video while importing in iMovie '08.

Camcorders known to have this option include:

  • Panasonic HDC-SX5 AVCHD DVD
  • Panasonic HDC-SD5 AVCHD Flash Memory


Download and install iMovie 7.1.2 here.  Or, to check for software updates, choose Software Update from the Apple menu. 

Important: Information about products not manufactured by Apple is provided for information purposes only and does not constitute Apple’s recommendation or endorsement. Please contact the vendor for additional information.
Last Modified: Jul 31, 2012
  • Last Modified: Jul 31, 2012
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