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173080
Apr 30, 2004, 09:53 PM
I have over 15 hours of video I've recorded on my Sony IP55 (http://www.sonystyle.com/is-bin/INTERSHOP.enfinity/eCS/Store/en/-/USD/SY_DisplayProductInformation-Start;sid=qQcU-ttl9MYU2Jv3WWIe8ZR1SE-8E_3rX4w=?ProductSKU=DCRIP55&Dept=dcc&CategoryName=dcc_DICamcorders_MicroMVHandycamCamcorders), but I've been having problems transferring the video to my new PowerBook to edit it in Final Cut Express 2.

It has something to do with the fact that the camera sends the video over FireWire in MPEG-2 and Final Cut Express expects MPEG-1.

I am thinking about buying a Formac Studio TVR (http://www.formac.com/p_bin/?cid=solutions_converters) to transfer the video, but I would think that going from Digital to Analog and then back to Digital may lower the quality. Would this be a good option? How would be the video/audio quality?

Any ideas? Sony doesn't seem to care at all.

WinterMute
May 1, 2004, 04:38 AM
I have over 15 hours of video I've recorded on my Sony IP55 (http://www.sonystyle.com/is-bin/INTERSHOP.enfinity/eCS/Store/en/-/USD/SY_DisplayProductInformation-Start;sid=qQcU-ttl9MYU2Jv3WWIe8ZR1SE-8E_3rX4w=?ProductSKU=DCRIP55&Dept=dcc&CategoryName=dcc_DICamcorders_MicroMVHandycamCamcorders), but I've been having problems transferring the video to my new PowerBook to edit it in Final Cut Express 2.

It has something to do with the fact that the camera sends the video over FireWire in MPEG-2 and Final Cut Express expects MPEG-1.

I am thinking about buying a Formac Studio TVR (http://www.formac.com/p_bin/?cid=solutions_converters) to transfer the video, but I would think that going from Digital to Analog and then back to Digital may lower the quality. Would this be a good option? How would be the video/audio quality?

Any ideas? Sony doesn't seem to care at all.

Final Cut (E and P) expect DV stream video as a live feed, but will import MPEG files once encoded, there's your problem.

The Formac box is very good, we use it for VHS conversion and it does a very good job, I'd imagine it'll work fine for a direct feed from you camera, the pictures are already compressed with the MPEG codec, so the quality isn't going to be as high ad DV or DVpro, but the Formac will handle it anyway.

Unless there is an app that'll import the MPEG stream to your Mac you're a bit stuck. Isn't there some software bundled with the camera. If you could get the video onto your HD in MPEG format, you can import it into FCE. It'll need to be rendered, but at least you'll be up and running.

173080
May 1, 2004, 07:32 AM
Isn't there some software bundled with the camera. If you could get the video onto your HD in MPEG format, you can import it into FCE.

The Software that came with the Camera (MovieShaker) only works on Windows, and exports files in MMV Format (Proprietary). I could convert it to MPEG and then encode it again so FCE2 can read it, but the process takes approx. 5 hours for every hour of video. It is very likely that I will just buy the Formac converter.

I was thinking that the 4200RPM hard disk on my PowerBook could be a bottleneck. Would it help if I bought a 320GB LaCie FireWire 800 Drive (http://www.lacie.com/products/product.htm?id=10123) ?

My PowerBook is the new 15" 1.5Ghz SuperDrive PB, default config (No BTO or Upgrades)

WinterMute
May 1, 2004, 07:38 AM
The Software that came with the Camera (MovieShaker) only works on Windows, and exports files in MMV Format (Proprietary). I could convert it to MPEG and then encode it again so FCE2 can read it, but the process takes approx. 5 hours for every hour of video. It is very likely that I will just buy the Formac converter.

I was thinking that the 4200RPM hard disk on my PowerBook could be a bottleneck. Would it help if I bought a 320GB LaCie FireWire 800 Drive (http://www.lacie.com/products/product.htm?id=10123) ?

My PowerBook is the new 15" 1.5Ghz SuperDrive PB, default config (No BTO or Upgrades)

Definitely the long way round then :D

I have the 17" PB, and I use a Maxstor FW400 7200 drive for audio and video with no problems, the lacie 800 drive is a good one for your purpose.