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Why does the video from my Samsung CL65 have black previews in iPhoto?

Asked by tajchiu (3points) March 3rd, 2010

I have shot a ton of video on my Samsung CL65 camera. The previews are all black in iPhoto. I am using the latest version of iPhoto 8.1.1 (419) and the latest version of Mac OS X (10.6.2). Is there an update for Quicktime or something else that I can download to fix this? I love the HD video but it is really annoying to have black previews. I also frequently get an error when I try to edit the video in Quicktime and save it again (just trimming it).


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utzon's avatar

Have you tried rebuilding your iPhoto library?

tajchiu's avatar

I have not tried rebuilding my library. Why would a rebuild solve this problem? Previews of videos from other cameras work just fine and continue to work! It seems like something very specific to the video coming from this camera.

utzon's avatar

Then try opening one of the problematic clips in Quicktime and advance to any frame that isn’t blank. Then go to the “View” menu and select “Set Poster Frame” and save. Then drag the clip back to iPhoto and see if it has helped.

tajchiu's avatar

I am doing this in QuickTime Player, not QuickTime Pro and it does not have that menu item. What I have tried doing is trimming the first few frames off the movie and resaving it. Sometimes that workds and sometimes I get an error when I try to do it.

I just went in and looked at the folder where iPhoto is storing the movies and the previews of the movies work in the Finder, but not in iPhoto.

utzon's avatar

If you upgrade to Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard and with that to Quicktime X, you’ll get some of the Pro features for free. The Snow Leopard upgrade is that same price as Quicktime Pro was previously, so it’s a good deal. :)

utzon's avatar

Not sure if it’ll do “Set Poster Frame” though.

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