Recommended HD video type converters

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by rustyness, Apr 25, 2009.

  1. rustyness macrumors newbie

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    Hello.

    This has probably been brought many times before, but I am new here so sorry in advance.

    I have been given a Sony Handycam DCR-SR50E by my friend, and I am supposed to be editing the videos on my MacBook Pro. However, this HD camera is completely incompatible with the Mac and I have to download special programs just to watch the videos, let alone edit them. It's something to do with a screwed up codec, or so I am told.

    I have tried a few video converters on the internet but they are all optimised for iPhones or iPods and are not great quality. The rest all cost £100, and I am not paying that to help a friend edit some personal videos. So basically I was wondering: does anyone know of any good HD video converters, whether they are compatible with a MacBook, whether they are compatible with iMovie, how good they are and how expensive they are?

    In advance, thank you.

    (P.S. I have iMovies 2009, if that makes a difference)
     
  2. mwchris macrumors regular

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    to name a few

    Before some one jumps on you, it wouldn't hurt to try a search, as you stated, this has been brought up multiple times.

    A few you might check out are:

    streamclip (but last I checked, and it has been a while, it will compress to standard def.)

    isquint or visualhub

    handbrake

    canopus (not free, but good)

    just google them.
     
  3. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    It's a hard drive based camera, not a high definition camera, so MPEG StreamClip will convert the file for use in iMovie. But you need to have some kind of MPEG2 decoder installed - VLC should accomplish this.
     
  4. rustyness thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I tried a few of them and the quality was not great, but thanks anyway. That was why I asked again, and was more specific about my problem.

    Thanks. I already have VLC installed. I was told the camera was HD and just took my friends word for it. I thought the quality was a bit naff for a HD camera, but just assumed because it was a bit old it was back when HD was a bit sketchy.
     
  5. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    Export the files from StreamClip as DV, that will maintain the highest possible quality.
     

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