[MacDV] Re: Problem exporting to tape--iMovie4

Gordon B. Alley galley at texas.net
Thu Sep 16 22:20:53 PDT 2004

One strategy to try is to be sure that you don't have any unnecessary 
applications running during your export to tape. The best way to 
accomplish this is to log out and then log back in while holding down 
the SHIFT key (start holding down the key just before hitting Return 
after the password, and keep it down until your desktop has appeared 
and disk activity has stopped). This will keep most of your Startup 
Items and other unnecessary applications from starting when you log 

On Thu, 16 Sep 2004 11:04:35 -0700, John Collins 
<johnccollins at comcast.net> wrote:
>Karl & Bernard--thanks for your responses-- now there are 3 of us with
>similar problems exporting the finished iMovie back to tape. It sounds
>like our problems are similar but different.
>My end product as I export to tape looks like a jigsaw puzzle for a 6
>year-old--that is, big chunks that have interlocking edges(as seen in
>the LCD). When I actually play that tape back it almost looks OK but it
>isn't. It shifts and shimmys as it plays.
>In watching this list and studying video--I hear references to
>"stuttering" and drop-outs, but I am not sure what these really look
>like. Is that what I have? The problem has to be in the computer--tho
>everything seems OK.
>Are there any suggestions of what I could try in respect to the
>John in Tucson
>On Sep 15, 2004, at 4:09 AM, Bernard Munter wrote:
>>  On 15/9/2004 0909, "John Collins" <johnccollins at comcast.net> wrote:
>>>  Hi--
>>>  I am using iMovie4 on a G4/D800 with 1.5 Gb. The problem comes when I
>>>  try to export the finished movie back to tape. All seems well on the
>>>  computer but in the camera LCD I get a broken up image--like big jig
>>>  saw puzzle pieces (and on playback the same). The camera is a Sony
>>>  TRV-20 and I have tried it both with "play through to camera" checked
>>>  and unchecked. Due to a process of elimination I think it is something
>>>  with the computer. (I have done the normal maintenance functions and
>>>  all seems to be OK)
>>  I know this doesn't help you, but I have the exact same trouble
>>  exporting a
>>  movie to a VHS deck, on a G4 Cube running iMovie 4 under 10.3.5. I
>>  KNOW I've
>>  done it successfully with iMovie 3 under 10.2.8. I ended up burning a
>>  VCD
>>  instead. I would like very much for you and I to get some help with
>>  this
>>  problem.
>  >

Gordon Alley  <*>
<mailto:galley at texas.net>

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