Capture video from miniDV to iMac?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by Jedi5, Sep 10, 2011.

  1. Jedi5 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 16, 2009
    North Burbs, IL
    Looking to import some 15 or more miniDV tapes to my iMac.
    What would be the best way to go about this?
    Should I use FCE or iMovie? Is one better than the other?
    For my newer HD camera, I use FCE when I want to import video.
    I've never worked with my older camera so I'm not sure which one would be better.

  2. cgbier macrumors 6502a

    Jun 6, 2011
    I'd assume you'll mix the videos later on. Just use FCE. Don't forget the correct Easy Setup before capturing.
  3. Dave Braine macrumors 68040

    Dave Braine

    Mar 19, 2008
    Warrington, UK
    You'll need a Firewire connection to do the transfer/import.
  4. Soura2112 macrumors 6502

    Jun 26, 2008

    Use FCE and a FireWire hook up. If you only have FireWire 800 you need to buy a converter piece since most MiniDv cams use FireWire 400, there about 7 bucks at Frys.
    Use easy set up and Capture video
  5. cgbier macrumors 6502a

    Jun 6, 2011
    Don't use them adaptor pieces, but get a simple 9>4pin cable. The more connectors you have in a cable run, the more trouble you run into... and those 4pin connectors by themselves are already pain enough.

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