mini DVD how do I import?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by ghaw, Aug 12, 2007.

  1. ghaw macrumors newbie

    Aug 12, 2007
    I am updating a video on my new MACBookPro using FCP. Someone sent me a miniDVD disc, and I can't figure how to import it onto my external hardrive without the camera (which is 3000 k's away). I have been reading on the forum that I will need MPEG streamclip or Mactheripper to convert it to useful files once I get it downloaded. Any suggestions? Thanks
  2. EricNau Moderator emeritus


    Apr 27, 2005
    San Francisco, CA
    Well, you'll either need to borrow a miniDVD camera, or buy/borrow a external drive capable of reading one, or have a friend grab the file from the disk and re-burn it to a regular CD/DVD.

    Honestly, that was the hardest, most complicated, and most frustrating thing I've ever done on my mac... ever! I installed so many different programs on my computer to import the clip I just reformatted my computer when I was done. ...and I was never able to get the audio, plus all the clips were cut in the wrong place.

    miniDVD camcorders disgust me.
  3. ghaw thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 12, 2007
    I am already frustrated. I can't even look at it, as I can't read it on my DVD player either - so I don't know if it's worth the trouble or if anything is useful on it. Thanks
  4. mrpeepers macrumors regular

    Aug 14, 2007
    But if you copy/rip the DVD, say, to a Windows computer and you have all the VOD files or whatever they're called, can you not import those into iMovie?
  5. lfielder06 Guest

    Dec 5, 2004
    When my daughter was born I borrowed my father-in-law's Sony miniDVD camcorder to capture our memories. I soon found myself in the same boat as you, but I did manage to copy them onto a large normal size dvd using my windows box. I used MPEG streamclip to get them into files that FCP could recognize. The only thing was FCP had to render them when I placed them on the timeline (probably something to do with what i converted them to), but at least they were usable. I agree with the above poster that I never will purchase a miniDVD camcorder after attempting to get the files onto a computer. MiniDVD camcorders are not for people who want to edit their videos. Obviously you best bet is to find/borrow an external drive or desktop that can read miniDVDs as the Macbook Pro's slot loading drive will not accept them.

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