MPEG4 Digital Camcorders in Mac OS X ??

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by tiselday, May 11, 2004.

  1. tiselday macrumors member

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    Hi all,

    I am thinking about buying a Mustek DV 4000 MPEG4 digital videocam/camera - review - just to because it is so cheap and tiny that I can carry it around without thinking too much about it and film some salsa turns while in the salsa courses - hei, any mac AND salsa fan out there? :) I understand that the quality of the movies is so-so, but that's ok in this case.

    But then, those gadgets just produce ASF files, which are not compatible with iMovie. A friend of mine has that same device and he forwarded me some of his ASF movies, and, for the moment I have not been able to view them with anything else than VLC on my powerbook. ffmpeg or mplayer were not able to understand the format, either.

    So I am out of ideas, here. Anyone looking at the MPEG4 memory-based cams from a Mac point of view ??

    Regards,
    T
     
  2. BrianKonarsMac macrumors 65816

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    ASF is a windows media file...mpeg 4 is open source...why not buy a DV camera and compress your video into mpeg4? then you'd have both an uncompressed copy for show, and a compressed copy for transfer (email etc). plus mini dv cams are quite tiny as it is, so small in fact i find the buttons can be hard to press with my fat fingers!
     
  3. tiselday thread starter macrumors member

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    yes, I understand that ASF is a windows file format, encapsulating a MPEG4 video stream.

    But although the mini dv cams are smallish, they cannot compare to this gadget: it is around 100 gr, slightly bigger than my T68i mobile phone! It is so small that it looks like a toy, and thus much less imposing to the people you are actually filming. Not to mention that it s also a fourth of the price of a mini dv cam. All in all, just perfect for the use I want to give it...

    So it's a shame that it only outputs ASF video files: the information is there, the codec MPEG4 is something that iMovie understands, i just have to get rid of the pesky ASF wrapping!! ;)
     
  4. tiselday thread starter macrumors member

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    almost like that, yes. But I guess that this is only useful for those particular D75 memory cards, an ASF container with specific Canon codecs (G.726 audio codec, for instance).

    Nevertheless, I am having some success with VLC now. I manage to open the ASF files and dump them encapsulated as MP4, something that QuickTime understands (but not iMovie)...

    takk, i alle fall ;)
    T
     

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