handbrake > final cut / imovie. what format/settings?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by fireworks501, Jan 24, 2009.

  1. fireworks501 macrumors member

    Mar 16, 2006
    help. just imported about 20 dvd's of client work that i'm trying to edit into a demo reel, and i guess i did the wrong settings, because final cut and imovie won't recognize them. i had them import as M4V files around 60mb each for about 10 minutes of footage per dvd. am i doing something wrong? using handbrake.

  2. LethalWolfe macrumors G3


    Jan 11, 2002
    Los Angeles
  3. -DH macrumors 65816

    Nov 28, 2006
    Nashville Tennessee
    LethalWolfe is right. But it isn't that MEPG Streamclip is better ... it's that Handbrake is totally the wrong tool for what you want to do. Handbrake is designed to convert DVD footage so you can view it on devices other than a DVD player. It does NOT convert to an ediable format.

    MPEG Streamclip can do that and more. But first, you need to decide which editing program you will use. iMovie uses the DV codec (.dv) while FCE and FCP use the QuickTime DV/DVCPro codec. Both are DV, but two completely different codecs. Choose the editing program you will use, then use MPEG Streamclip to convert to the codec that works natively in that editing program.


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