JVC Everio HDD Camcorder Instructions for Mac users

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by bmcgonag, Jun 18, 2007.

  1. bmcgonag macrumors 65816

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    I am posting this because it seems to come up alot in the forums that I frequent about macs and video.

    I have dtailed how to

    1. connect the JVC Everio Hard Drive camcorder to your mac via the included USB cable
    2. how to open the hard drive,
    3. locate the video files,
    4. move them to your desired drive,
    5. convert them to dv,
    6. import them to iMovie, \
    7. basic editing,
    8. and export them as a .mp4 or other file format.

    this video is about 120 MB, but I wanted the quality to be good enough for you to know exactly what I was doing.

    This link should just start letting you download it, if there are issues, let me know.

    http://osxtechtips.com/Tips/?p=71 ***I've edited this post to point to the new location for the video. ***

    Thanks, and best of luck,

    Brian
     
  2. Nicolasdec macrumors 65816

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    I just bought this cammera. the JVC HDD HD7 and all the files work fine on my mac i dont need to do anything just copy the .TOD files.
     
  3. bmcgonag thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Sounds like maybe a newer version that what I'm posting for. Especially if your files are labelled .TOD instead of .MOD. Glad everything works well, hopefully they recognized the old issue, and fixed it.

    Best,

    Brian
     
  4. Rod Rod macrumors 68020

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    Do you transcode to Apple Intermediate Codec and then edit in iMovie or Final Cut Express?
     
  5. Nicolasdec macrumors 65816

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    No, I dont need to do anything, it works fine with iMovie but not FCE.
     
  6. Rod Rod macrumors 68020

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    Is the footage high definition or standard when it gets into iMovie?
     
  7. Nicolasdec macrumors 65816

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    HD 1080i at 25
     
  8. Rod Rod macrumors 68020

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    Nice! Thanks for answering that. I'm thinking of getting an HD7 to replace or supplement my HD10. The only other concern I have is whether there's a good-quality method on Mac to convert 1080i60 to 720p60.
     
  9. Nicolasdec macrumors 65816

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    I almost got the HD10, is it a good cam? i was wondering if i had dose the right buy.
     
  10. Rod Rod macrumors 68020

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    It's a good camera as long as you know how to use it, meaning it's not foolproof like a PD150. It needs plenty of light. I'd choose the HD7 over an HD10 if I were to make the decision today. I'd have to figure out a reliable way to archive the raw footage to tape (maybe D-VHS if possible) and/or DVD-R though, in order to efficiently recover from a hard drive crash.
     
  11. Nicolasdec macrumors 65816

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    I dident go with the HD10 because i wanted it to have a Hard drive. I like having a table of contents of my footage.
     
  12. Cromulent macrumors 603

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    Hmm isn't that impossible without losing quality? I mean from my understanding it takes two frames of interlaced footage to equal one frame of progressive footage. So therefore you would only get 720p30 at best unless you want to digitally add 30 extra frames per second which I assume would have a rather large impact on quality.
     
  13. Rod Rod macrumors 68020

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    In theory, no. Each field of 1080i is a distinct time sample. Each field is 1920x540 or 1440x540. All the time-samples are there from each field to create a 720p frame. It shouldn't be too much trouble to take 60 interlaced fields in 1080i60 at 1920x540 (or 1440x540) and make 60 progressive frames at 1280x720. Whether there's a good method in available software is the question.

    As for impact on quality, cameras on this level don't resolve as many lines of resolution as there are pixels anyhow.
     
  14. windmilldecor macrumors newbie

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    Download Gz-Hd7u

    easier is to hook up 4pin to 6 pin fire wire and playback to computer make sure Imovie is open and make a playlist, only takes the same time as video. I have tried everyother way you have come up with but you can't get 1080 out without dropping frames software will not do it even on Window machine
     
  15. Sharti macrumors newbie

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    What are you using to Convert the files.....i need to get mine running ASAP before the wife kills me!
     
  16. bmcgonag thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I use MPEGStreamClip to covert the files once they are transferred over from the JVC.

    you can find it here www.squared5.com

    However, you will need the Apple QuicktimeMPEG2 component.

    I put the video on a webpage that you can watch on the webpage, here is the url to that...it also gives the quicktimempeg2component url.

    www.simplesurvivalmoves.com/jvc_how_to.html

    the quicktime component costs $20, but it's worth it.

    I've heard from a few people at this point that they have had success using the included software for OS X called CaptyMPeg or something like that too.

    Brian
     
  17. alexmedic macrumors newbie

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    I just purchased the JVC M555. Imovie 08 is compatible with it.
     
  18. mojohnson macrumors newbie

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    JVC digital camera GZ-MG275AA

    Have just purchased this camera and can't video edit the footage in imovie HD or Final Cut Express. Have just ordered iLife 8 in the hope that this will help.
    Very confused. The JVC site tells me I need USB 2. I don't know if I have this. I am running on an iMac 10.4.10 with a 2Ghz intel proccessor.
    The retailer says I should use a fire wire. That definitely didn't work. I'm told that I can get a plug-in to make the footage from this camera compatible with i Movie but I've got no idea how I access this?
    Should I just return the camera?
    All advice gratefully received.
    M
     
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  20. bmcgonag thread starter macrumors 65816

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    You have USB2.0. And when you connect the camera it will show up as a White Drive on your desktop. Go into it, and then into the folders in it, and look for the files marked .mod or .tod. These are the video files.

    Copy them (click and drag them) to your Desktop or some other folder on your computer.

    Don't know if iMovie08 will just recognize them or not, I don't have 08 yet.

    Best,

    Brian
     
  21. ericslife macrumors newbie

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    MG555 and a G5

    Ok
    I read what was here.
    I bought a JVC mg555, i really like the workability of the unit.

    Now the fun, tried it at the Mac store on a "store" '08 iMovie and we got the white page with the curl at the corner on the .MOD file, we couldn't do a thing with it.
    Alexmedic...How did you get it on your mac to just work?? did you get the 20$ quicktime mpeg thing?.. mine dident work in the store on their '08 imovieHD. I have not upgraded as i then would have to convert all my existing movies to work with the '08!!!.
    I have bought the Capity mpeg editFX and it works to convert, but takes so long, i've been using the fine setting on the 555 as the image otherwise is pretty soso. One hour of filming was over 2 hours to convert! so long that i gave up before it was finished!!.

    If i got the HD7, would the same be true to ...convert ?? I just saw the HD3 has been bundeled with some sort of Mac software!. Who has tried this one. Would it be easier to just get this one??..Boy do i miss tape...

    Eric D
     
  22. abiodundami macrumors newbie

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    Cannot capture movies recorded with my JVC GZ-HD7U

    I recently purchased a JVC Everio GZ-HD7U and I have Adobe CS3 Premiere Pro installed on my MacBook Pro. When I try to choose the movie I recorded from adobe Premiere pro, a pop up box comes up reading choose file. The video files (*.TOD) i try to choose are all greyed out. When i clicked ok, the message reads the files are not compatible (File Import Faliure. File format not supported).


    When I use quick time to play it, it polays like its in slow motion and no sound comes out

    My camcoder was connected using a firewire cable. Please can someone advise me what to do.

    Thank you
     
  23. Nadja macrumors newbie

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    Hello everyone...so here we go....

    i'm brandnew on this field and i struggle myself...
    what i figured out was that i have to do the following steps to get to my files on the everio-cam
    first i got an external hard drive for more space
    i connected both(the camera through usb and the hard-drive) to the mac
    i put all my files from the camera to the ext.hard drive
    from there i sent it to movies on my mac-pro
    there appeared MOV and TOD files
    then i went to quick-time and opend the TOD-files with quick time
    after open them i exported the files to quick-time
    that took me hours,but finally i got the files i wanted and draged them later to final-cut5
    there i'm able to work with them
    if somebody knows a quicker way...please let me know....
     
  24. Jazzy333 macrumors newbie

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    imovie not compatible with .TOD files

    I also have just purchased a GZ-HD7U, and can get the clips into moveHD, but not imovie 08. They are .TOD files. Anyone have any suggestions? Will the link on the video work for .TOD or just .MOD files? Thanks.
     
  25. powderpriest macrumors newbie

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    What I Found Easy

    I have a JVC Everio GZ-MG155 and an Intel Mac Mini.

    1. Place Camera into dock
    2. Connect dock via 4 pin to 6 pin Firewire (IEEE1394, or iLink are other names)
    3. Open iMovie
    4. Cue the movie on the camera that you wish to import
    5. Click the switch between the camera and scissors in iMovie
    6. Click the Import button, then allow video to play into iMovie
    7. Edit, and enjoy
     

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