Today I’ve been working on a project, transferring (Digital) Hi-8 tapes to DVD.  Some of the tapes (I don’t quite know why) have been capturing as multiple (often hundreds) of little clips.  iMovie ’08 (which I’m using for convenience and a variety of other reasons) is a little too user-friendly to be quite so easy for a video professional like me.

Here are some things I’ve learned about dealing with multiple clips—and how to transfer them easily to DVD:

(1) Command-Click (Mac) on the first (last) clip, and then Shift-Click on the last (first) clip to drag the event clips into the project window.

(2) You will get a very surprising dialogue box that will tell you that you will get better results if you actually edit your movie, rather than just dumping all your clips onto a DVD…very basic stuff for those who’ve been editing for years, but I suppose a useful warning for the beginner…

(3) Then click “Share” and go to “Media Browser” (like Adobe CS3’s Bridge) which will give you size options.  You don’t have to choose the largest size (according to Apple Care’s phone support), just the one that matches your project settings. Help on this topic can be found under “send” rather than “share” in the iMovie help.  The shared movie will take a chunk of time—maybe 30 minutes to over an hour depending on size/length, processing power available, etc.

(4) Open iDVD and go to “Media”.   In iDVD ’08 you will need to, in the upper pane, select the event you want, especially if you have multiple projects each with multiple clips.   That way you can see the “shared”  movie (the long compiled one) plus all the clips.

(5) Though going through all of this for an error that causes captured sequences to auto-parse seems like a hassle, there are some bright sides:  You can see all the sub-clips, and use them to populate your iDVD menus — something that you’d have to generate broken-up clips or screenshots (using a program like “Grab”) otherwise…

(6) You can also use one of these movies for audio in your DVD menu too!