Digital Still Camera Video in iDVD

m-dogg

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hello - I just made my first DVD using iDVD and it came out great. The dynamic drop zones are awesome!

However, there was one thing I couldn't seem to figure out - How to use the videos my sony digital still camera takes. It doesn't appear that they are supported by iDVD but I'm hoping there might be a workaround...

Does anyone know how to do this?

Thanks for your help!

I should add that I have an iMac G5 with iLife '05 installed...
 

ftaok

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m-dogg said:
Yup...iMovie doesn't seem to like them either (unless I'm forgetting to do something)...
You said that you have a Sony camera. Sony uses a muxed mpeg format. To import it into iMovie, you'll need to demux the file, convert the audio to aiff, recombine the audio/video, then import.

I've done this many times with my Sony. it's Doable.

If you're not interested in the audio, then just drag the mpeg file into the iMovie clip pane. iMovie will convert it from mpeg to dv, but you'll lose the audio.

BTW, unless you have a newer Sony with the 640x480/30fps movie mode, you're not going to be terribly impressed. My Sony is limited to 320x240/15fps and for little clips, it's fine. Anything more, and it starts to pale in comparision to miniDV.
 

m-dogg

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ftaok said:
You said that you have a Sony camera. Sony uses a muxed mpeg format. To import it into iMovie, you'll need to demux the file, convert the audio to aiff, recombine the audio/video, then import.

I've done this many times with my Sony. it's Doable.
Is that doable with iLife, or do you need any additional software? I don't know how to do that.

Thanks!
 

ftaok

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m-dogg said:
Is that doable with iLife, or do you need any additional software? I don't know how to do that.

Thanks!
The way that I do it is with the following applications. Others do it differently.

MoreMissingTools (freeware)
iTunes (inlcuded freeware)
Quicktime Pro ($30 - from Apple)

Check out this old thread on the Macworld Forums. LINK
 

tinydancer

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Hi...I didn't have time to read the other responses, and I don't know if this will solve your problem, but in iLife 05 iPhoto supports small clips from digital cameras. Try using iPhoto and moving that into iMovie / iDVD.
 

m-dogg

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tinydancer said:
Hi...I didn't have time to read the other responses, and I don't know if this will solve your problem, but in iLife 05 iPhoto supports small clips from digital cameras. Try using iPhoto and moving that into iMovie / iDVD.
iPhoto 05's support for is limited at best. They get imported off your camera and show up in your iPhoto library, but that's about it. When you play them through iPhoto, a Quicktime window opens and they are played through that (not through iPhoto).

I was able to import one into iMovie, but it does drop off the audio as it gets imported. I'm going to try demuxing and see how that goes.
 
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