The 'Unofficial' iMovie FAQ

Importing a large movie

Last edited: 27 November, 2004
Author: Daniel Slagle


iMovie will not import a file over 2 gigabytes in length or about 9 minutes. (Error -40) What the exact details are in this phemomenon goes back to disk limitations that used to exist on older file systems that had a 2 gigabyte limit. (I would suspect that Apple would address this in the near future)


In the mean time Oak Street Software has been kind enough to provide us with scripts, for both OS X and OS 9, that will split your DV stream in nice 2 gigabyte chunks so you can import them into iMovie.

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