iMovie '09 & iMovie '11: Motion JPEG clips cannot be imported from some hybrid cameras


Some hybrid cameras can capture both AVCHD (Advanced Video Codec High Definition) and Motion JPEG movies. However, iMovie will only recognize the AVCHD clips in its Import from Camera window. Motion JPEG clips recorded with these devices will not be shown.

Cameras that exhibit this behavior include:

  • Panasonic DMC-GH1
  • Panasonic DMC-FT1
  • Panasonic DMC-ZS3


Import Motion JPEG clips into iPhoto using one of these options:

  • Select the "iPhoto Videos" Event in iMovie '09 or iMovie '11 to access the clips.
  • Choose File > Import > Movies in iMovie and navigate to the DCIM folder on the mounted camera. Select the .mov files you wish to import.


Last Modified: Aug 28, 2014
  • Last Modified: Aug 28, 2014
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