iMove Question. QUICK!!!

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  1. bowens macrumors 6502a

    bowens

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    I am supposed to edit a video for Vacation Bible School at my church. The camcorder that did the recording is a Canon DC10. It records to the mini dvds. I can't put those in my Mac Mini. The camcorder uses USB to transfer to the computer. Will iMovie import video through USB? If not I don't know what I am going to do. I tried to rip and convert the video on a Windows machine but the quality was terrible. Help!
     
  2. gkarris macrumors 604

    gkarris

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    I got this one...

    USB transfers the files directly onto the computer, as DVD camcorders encode in DVD's MPEG-2. Some may have a Firewire port and the camcorder will change it to DV for import into a computer. iMovie only supports DV.

    Here's what you can do (I do this sometimes when I have a DVD instead of the DV Tapes):

    1. You must use the camcorder's USB port to your Mac, as Macs tend to not support the mini-DVDs. It shows up as a drive on your computer.
    2. Use Handbreak to rip the movie from the DVD. Use MPEG-4, 2000 bit rate, 640x480, de-interlace picture.
    3. After the rip, you have an MPEG-4 .mov that you can use in iLife.

    I just did this for our church to make a DVD about our Africa church partnership...

    enjoy...
     
  3. bowens thread starter macrumors 6502a

    bowens

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    Thank you. Should I use handbrake or Mac the Ripper? I've heard good stuff about mtr.
     
  4. gkarris macrumors 604

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    MTR is for taking encrypted DVDs and placing an unecrypted version on your hard drive, but still in MPEG-2.

    You need Handbreak to rip the DVD and re-encode to MPEG-4....

    Camcorder DVDs are not encrypted anyways...
     

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