Will my mac play mini-dvds?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by al3000, Jan 13, 2007.

  1. al3000 macrumors 6502

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    I have got some mini-dvds that I recorded on using my camcorder, will my mac be able to play them? I am worried about putting the disk in and it getting stuck or never coming out :eek:

    thanks in advance :)
     
  2. Deputy-Dawg macrumors member

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    No!! They can jam in the slot loading player.
     
  3. al3000 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Damn, and my camcorder doesnt support connecting to a computer...arrrgh!

    Thanks anyways though :)
     
  4. Chundles macrumors G4

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    What type of Mac do you have? Mac Pros can play miniDVDs because they have a tray loading drive. Anything else can't because the slot-loading drive will jam up with one in it.
     
  5. Kimi macrumors regular

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    You can pick up an cheep external drive for about £23 (a normal PC drive and a caddy), so it's not too much to go and pick one up.
     
  6. al3000 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thats not so bad then, thanks. Where did you see one for that much..i've had a look online but couldnt see anything.
     
  7. slu macrumors 68000

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    whay kind of camera do you have? i find it hard to believe that you cannot connect it to your mac.
     
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  9. Chundles macrumors G4

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    Yep, they don't often connect to a computer and when you do figure out how to get the video onto the computer the MPEG-2 format they use for the video is a bugger to try and edit. You have to convert the video first to something more edit-friendly.

    Mini-DV cams are waaay better.
     
  10. al3000 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Sorry to resurrect this thread, have decided to have another go at making the movies. I am going to take the disks into a shop to have them put on a dvd... but what I need to know now is... can I import video off a dvd into iMovie!?

    thanks in advance :D
     
  11. kuebby macrumors 68000

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    What's probably easier than doing that is to just buy an external DVD drive. Tray loading DVD burners can be had for like $30 now and external enclosures are only like $20-30.

    So with that set-up you could read the mini DVDs and you wouldn't have to pay a store to transfer them to DVDs every time you wanted to use your camera.
     
  12. al3000 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks, so iMovie can import content from the dvds?
     
  13. al3000 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Anyone? Thanks in advance :D
     
  14. Dimwhit macrumors 68000

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    Not directly, no. You need to convert the DVD into something iMovie will read. For non-DRM'd stuff, I use MPEG Streamclip. Rips the DVD content to many different formats (I use .dv).
     
  15. al3000 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks...how would I do that?
     

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