The 'Unofficial' iMovie FAQ

Automatic scene detection not working

Last edited: 7 December, 2004
Author: Matti Haveri


iMovie is not spitting my movie into scenes

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There are four common causes for iMovie not splitting the clips into scenes:

  1. iMovie's preference to split the clips into scenes isn't set.
  2. The camcorder's clock wasn't set on time when the recording was made.
  3. The original footage is analog.
  4. iMovie imports from a file (not from a camcorder).

Note: The long clips will play seamlessly in iMovie once you place them in order in the clip viewer/timeline.

Related: Splitting long clips for iport to iMovie (cannot import video over 9 minutes 27 seconds)

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