Burning SD after HD editing

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by chachi1000, Jun 15, 2008.

  1. chachi1000 macrumors newbie

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    Hi folks,
    Ok, been doing a tonne of research, just bought the sony hdr sr-10, and then found out it can be a bit of a pain hooking into imovie when I got on this forum....however, when I plugged 'er in with a few HD recorded clips, it was no problem going into imovie for editing (yay)....anyhoo, my question is related to HD and SD formats, and what happens when i want to burn onto a regular dvd - I have learned from other posts that I should record in HD and edit in HD regardless of the fact that I don't have HDTV or blu-ray....
    Soooo.... once this is all done, how do I convert to SD in imovie? Other threads have said it's easy, but I can't figure it out - is it just as simple as exporting to a lower resolution? Or will IDVD automatically figure it out and drop it down to SD? Or maybe I can't do this at all in imovie and have to burn short hd dvds (lame) or only watch on my mac?

    Any help would be great, as I have to decide whether to keep the camera or return it and get a straight up SD or other format, as there is no reason for me to have this if I can't burn onto a regular dvd (20 min of HD doesn't cut it I don't think)...

    Thanks a lot,
    C
     
  2. ppc_michael Guest

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    You don't really have to worry about it, iDVD will convert the video for you automatically.
     
  3. chachi1000 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    thanks, sweet that sounds easy.

    Are there any reasons why I should not keep this cam? it seems to be working out just fine with imovie...
     
  4. CMD is me macrumors 6502

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    Wait, I thought hard drive HD camcorders couldn't directly import to iMovie without first converting the AVCHD format? Did I miss something? I love the size over the larger tape models.
     
  5. CaptainChunk macrumors 68020

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    As long as iMovie supports your camera, it should automatically convert the footage to AIC (Apple Intermediate Codec) for editing.
     
  6. CMD is me macrumors 6502

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    Where do you find this info? I didn't see it on the Apple site.

    chachi1000 -- sorry to get off topic.
     

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