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I have come to realize that Unlocking needs a new feature: Missing in Action. People often come to the blog looking for a particular feature in iMovie '08 that they were used to using in iMovie HD. While I try to be very creative in finding workarounds for most features, there are a handful that are not at all possible in iMovie '08 (yet).

Today's MIA is exporting to camera. You cannot use iMovie '08 to export to a camera. I imagine this has a lot to do with the much broader camera support in iMovie '08 (a good thing!) as exporting to all of these different cameras may not even be supported across the board. Perhaps the techies-in-the-know can enlighten the rest of us in the comments.

As always, when you want a feature not currently available in iMovie '08, give Apple your feedback!

8 comments: to “ Missing in Action: Export to Camera

  • tibomasson
    September 4, 2007 at 11:46 AM  


    Thank you for the tips, this is great.
    I use iMovie to create movies for YouTube, so I am fine with the new direction, overall.

  • Anonymous
    September 4, 2007 at 11:48 AM  

    I'd like to be able to get the same quality/resolution 'out' as I put 'in'. DV or HDV inputs get resampled -- apparently dropping a 'field' or half of every 'frame'. Carefully choosing 'Export using QuickTime' and setting typical DV/HDV choices the output file is about the same size as the input but DV now looks like VHS!

    (Please keep up the excellent work on your blog!)

  • Anonymous
    May 30, 2008 at 10:07 AM  

    Another Missing in Action feature is the listing of the filenames of files in events. Might not be an issue with footage you import from the camera, but certainly an issue if you import some already processed footage into iLife 08.

  • Anonymous
    October 22, 2008 at 8:47 PM  

    Ratz! I wanted to get an archive of a finished project to my client on tape in dv format. I just don't understand Apple's ivory tower thinking. Thanks for this page; I'd have kept trying to export if you had not saved me the trouble.

  • Anonymous
    January 20, 2009 at 10:03 PM  

    Ditto Andar's comment. This is ridiculous that you cannot export back to tape or even play back through the camera

  • Anonymous
    March 14, 2009 at 5:52 AM  

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  • robert
    May 25, 2009 at 9:40 PM  

    first imovie 08 lacks the features of it's older versions, now you can't export to camera....wow what BS...very unhappy..very. Is there any other options for getting my work back to camera?

  • Howard
    June 23, 2009 at 12:56 PM  

    totally sickening and surely it must be an oversight?
    i've wasted so much time and frustration trying to export to camera with 09 imovie ,, thanks so much i was about to throw something