Importing Video, no data from device?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by MiniD3, Nov 30, 2013.

  1. MiniD3 macrumors 6502a

    MiniD3

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    Hi Guys,
    I have been doing a favour for some relations converting their old memories from tape to DVD, (22 of them), delivered, now they give me another 14!
    Anyway,
    along the way I have had a couple of tapes that will not import?
    same camera,
    when I click import, the video plays on the import screen but there is a message in the top right of the frame "No data from camera"?

    Any idea what is wrong, my sister in law took one of the tapes to a commercial outlet and they made a DVD for her from the same tape but it won't import in iMovie, just plays the movie without recording and get the message "no data from device"
    ....Gary
     
  2. blueroom macrumors 603

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    What hardware / software are you using to import?
     
  3. MiniD3 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    MiniD3

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    Thank you Bill,

    iMac 27"
    late 2013
    OSX
    32GB ram
    750GB SSD
    Using iMovie

    Camera, very old Sony Handycam Digital 8

    Out of the, now 56 tapes, maybe 1/2 doz won't import
    As you can see most import, just a very few won't but still play OK
    ....Gary
     
  4. MiniD3 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Some heads_up

    I think I may have found the culprit,
    The very old video camera is not showing the video cam on its own flip out screen even though it is playing?
    Going to try an borrow an old video cam try and eliminate this possibility
    ....Gary
     
  5. mrat93 macrumors 65816

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    Any update? I'm having the same issue. Started when I upgraded to the latest iMovie. Still not working on the latest update.
     
  6. handyz macrumors newbie

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    The best software I found to import Hi8 tapes using Sony TRV460, Firewire 800, MB Pro, OSX 10.9.4, is iMovie HD 6. Tried Debut, Adobe Elements, etc. All gave me very poor image quality compared with the preview in iMovie 10. iMovie HD 6 allows full control of the camcorder and captures video with amazing quality.
     
  7. gremcc macrumors newbie

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    Same Problem little different situation

    I have a new Macbook Pro, about 3 months old. I'm using a Sony TRV350 Camcorder. I have several Hi8 tapes that I'm trying to convert. Thus far, only one of my Sony MP120 tape was accepted. The others have an error message "No Data from Device." This makes no sense to me. Ive read the blog. But, have not found a solution. Please help.
     
  8. handyz macrumors newbie

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    @gremcc

    You should have specified the software that you are using to import video. If it is iMovie later than 6, it will not import analog video. You have to use iMovie HD6 or QuickTime 7 Pro or something else. I like iMovie HD6. You can find it and download on the web. To start it in Yosemite, you have to find the executable in the package and double click on it: there are instructions on the web also.

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    http://blog.iharder.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/iMovie-HD-6.dmg

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    https://discussions.apple.com/thread/6606012
     
  9. baldy88 macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for posting this up. I'm running into the exact same issue. I have some 8mm recorded in the 90's that when connected to iMovie it shows "No Data From Device". I can control the camera just fine through iMovie and video shows just fine. It just won't import.

    Running it on Firewire to Thunderbolt2 cable with adapter on a 2014 Mac Mini. The camera is not the original device it was recorded on but supports 8 or Hi8 and Digital 8.

    Anyone have any experience with http://www.wondershare.com/ A guy at our office was saying that he used it, but I'm always suspect to advice from some of my end users. I will download the trial tonight and see if it will actually capture. I'm willing to pay for a piece of software that will capture analog over the firewire connection. I don't care if it is a manual capture.

    Thanks in advance for any tips on software that will capture this.
     
  10. baldy88 macrumors newbie

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    Answered my own questions

    Well I figured out it was as easy as using Quick Time X to import the analog video on the Mac Mini. Then using iMovie to edit the clips since I'm not doing anything fancy with them.

    That was much easier than I had anticipated. The only downside is that you have to stick around and watch for the end of tape to stop the recording. Oh well.
     
  11. rei101 macrumors 6502a

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    Usually, I do not know iMovie. But with a software like Final Cut Pro, you can make an in/out point when capturing and the software will capture itself without needing to stay there and watch. Is called batch capture.
     
  12. handyz macrumors newbie

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    One of the advantages iMovieHD6 is that you can quickly compose a movie, send it to iDVD and create a DVD image that can be easily played. Also, don't have to mess with QuickTime export settings - it will use MPEG2. But I am not an expert and there are, probably, better ways.
     
  13. Dave Braine macrumors 68040

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    You can do that up to iMovie11. The latest iMovie removes the option to Share to iDVD. :(
     
  14. handyz macrumors newbie

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    Unfortunately, iMovie 11 cannot import analog video. It makes the iMovie HD6 the last one that can do both: import analog video and share via iDVD.
     
  15. pertusis1 macrumors 6502

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    I ran into exactly the same problem. I was using a DCR-TRV520 to import into FCPX. The tapes were originally recorded a variety of other cameras that have long since died. At first, I was puzzled by the fact that some tapes would import directly into FCPX without any problem, but others showed the 'no data from device' message.

    We have about 50 tapes that I was trying to convert. Some of them were recorded on an old Hi8 (analog) camera, and others were recorded on a digital 8 camera. The digital 8 tapes work fine. The Hi8 tapes show 'no data' even though I can watch the video on my computer.

    If you just want to convert the Hi8 tapes to DVDs, get Toast 11, which does a fine job at the conversion.

    If you want to be able to edit the video, I found that Quicktime 7 Pro (can be punched from the Apple website, not the App store) does a good job of pulling the video from the camera into a .mov file. From there, you can do whatever you want with it. iMovie (any version), FCPX, and almost any other movie editing software you can find should be able to use .mov. I used FCPX, and was very satisfied with the quality of the final product.
     

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