Capture video from miniDV to iMac?

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

  1. Jedi5 macrumors 6502

    Jedi5

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    #1
    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.

    Help?
     
  2. cgbier macrumors 6502a

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    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

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    You'll need a Firewire connection to do the transfer/import.
     
  4. Soura2112 macrumors 6502

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    Yes

    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

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    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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