Are the CVS One-Time-Use Video Cameras Mac-Friendly?

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  1. SuperChuck macrumors 6502

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    Just saw the new one-time-use video camera at my local CVS Pharmacy today. Apparently, when you return the camera, they give you a DVD with the footage, plus software that allows you to share it, email it, etc.

    Anybody know if the DVD software is Mac compatible?
     
  2. Josh macrumors 68000

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    I'm not sure about the 'software' they include on the DVD, but the movie files will very likely be in a format (.mov, .avi, .mpeg, etc) that you will have no problem importing to iMovie/iDVD or simply copying to your hard drive.

    I imagine the DVD to contain the software, and then have the movie file in a seperate folder elsewhere that you can just browse to and access.
     
  3. mlrproducts macrumors 6502

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    There aren't any CVS stores around here, how much are the cameras? I'm trying to find someone to pick one up for me that I can take apart and mess around with.
     
  4. SuperChuck thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Considering that CVS is based one town over from me (Woonsocket, RI), I would have heard about this earlier. I think I might check one out, and see if the quality is better than my parents Digital8 camcorder. Wouldn't be hard to do really, this camcorder is at least 6 or 7 years old now :eek:
     
  6. ITASOR macrumors 601

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    I wonder if you can make it into a regular camera. I know people who have done that with disposable cameras.
     
  7. ravenvii macrumors 604

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    Wow, I've never heard about this before. Just 30 bucks, huh? Might go and check it out sometime soon.
     
  8. dejo Moderator

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    $29.99 + $12.99 for processing = $42.98 for 20 minutes of 640x480 video. Doesn't sound like a good value to me.
     
  9. ITASOR macrumors 601

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    It's good if you can somehow hack it to use over and over again. I wonder what it stores the video on....tape?
     
  10. jrv3034 macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah, considering you can get a cheap $250 MiniDV camera and $5 tapes brand new, and way better quality than a disposable one, too. Plus you get a warranty and all.

    Not worth it unless you're in a jam, didn't bring your camera, and absolutely need one at the moment.
     
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    This might be a start. Seems to store the video on flash memory.
     
  12. SuperChuck thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I would mainly use it for risky situations/locations where I wouldn't want to risk a good camera. Perfect for the beach, water rides at amusement parks, etc.
     
  13. Jsmit macrumors regular

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    These things don't have a zoom feature... it is point and shoot. Video recording in it's most simple form.
     

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