Is there a "small" app for OSX that just captures DV?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by AVR2, Mar 16, 2016.

  1. AVR2, Mar 16, 2016
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    AVR2 macrumors 6502

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    I'm looking for an app that will capture DV and nothing else. I don't need machine control, I don't need to edit, I just want to plug a DV source into the FW port and capture.

    Does such a thing exist? Or will I just have to go with something like FCP, PPro etc?

    EDIT - D'oh! QT7 Pro will do it, won't it?
     
  2. LethalWolfe macrumors G3

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    I think you are right about QT7 Pro. iMovie might be another option.
     
  3. AVR2 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    It's a very long time since I used iMovie, but when I did, it didn't capture to standard QT files but to .dv files.

    QT7 Pro would seem to be perfect. Just got to find a suitable FW cable to try it :)
     
  4. LethalWolfe macrumors G3

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    Oh, that's right. I'd forgotten about that. It's like a painful trip down memory lane... ;)
     
  5. kohlson macrumors 6502a

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    QTX willl record audio only or video only, including screens. FW? Dunno if QTX and FW are a null set...
     
  6. AVR2 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I guess you mean that you don't know if QTX supports DV input via Firewire? ;)

    TBH it doesn't really bother me... QT7 Pro is still a very powerful little app, way more so than QTX.
     
  7. kohlson macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, that's what I meant - I don't know if QTX supports FW input. I have and use QTX and QT7Pro, though the latter much less than I used to. QTX does more than it used to, though because Apple doesn't seem to expose the capabilities (just "export" with less control over media characteristics) most are unaware. The biggest failing for me is that QT7 is 32-bit and single threaded, which means it's slow. Not as slow as mpegstreamclip but slow. I am playing around with Telestream's Switch, which seems to be what QT7Pro should have been when it grew up.
     
  8. Dave Braine macrumors 68040

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    QTX does not have an import function. iMovie will be the easiest option.

    However, it seems that this will do it, for $30:
    http://www.lifeflix.com
     
  9. bingeciren, Mar 25, 2016
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    iMovie 11, ver 9.0.9 (the old iMovie, NOT the new iMovie 10.1.1) has been my number one choice to import DV from my DV camera using the Firewire interface.

    It will give you full control of the camera as well and import video as .dv files.

    QT7 Pro or the new QT 10.4 will capture video from DV camera using Firewire but save it as .mov file.

    The new iMovie on the other hand has been nothing but a source of trouble. I hate Apple's idea of an improved software being a dressed up but castrated version of a previous version.

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  10. Dave Braine macrumors 68040

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    While I agree that the new iMovie 10 has some issues, it will import from miniDV camcorders just fine. Mine is doing so as I type.
     
  11. echo1877 macrumors member

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    Even QuickTime Player does that (not Pro!) -- the "Player" nomenclature is really a bit misleading with QuickTime Player.

    Just launch it, click File->New Movie Recording, and select the camera from the little dropdown menu. Works great, I just did it the other day (over a FireWire link)!
     
  12. Dave Braine macrumors 68040

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    Well, well. I never knew that. Not only can you transfer recorded video from the camcorder, but live feed as well.

    Thanks for that.
     
  13. echo1877 macrumors member

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    QT Player has several cool features actually: Mac screen recording, live video recording, and even recording your iPhone/iPad screen!
     
  14. bingeciren, Mar 27, 2016
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    bingeciren macrumors 6502a

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    Yes it does, like I said, but it saves it as .mov file, not as .dv file. Although I'm not sure if it really matters if the capture is a .dv file or a .mov file.

    These are the hidden gems of the QT, often overlooked or unknown by many. However, clicking the inconspicuous little down arrow next to the red recording button to reveal the input source selection is not all that intuitive to a person unfamiliar with it. Other than that, QT is a very handy program. Screen Shot 2016-03-27 at 16.46.20.png
     

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