using the mini dvd-r disks with imac

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by emjus03, Nov 27, 2006.

  1. emjus03 macrumors newbie

    Nov 27, 2006
    I have a Sony dcr-dvd403 with the mini dvd's and I want to transfer my movies onto my iMac and I dont know if it is safe to put the small disks in my superdrive. My concern is that the drive is vertical instead of horizontal and I don't want it to get stuck. If I can't put these in and there is no firewire for this camcorder how can I transfer my videos onto my iMac. If anyone can help I would appreciate it.
  2. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    No no no no

    Never put a mini or business card CD/DVD into a slot load drive.
    Find a friend with a tray load DVD and duplicate onto a fullsize

    You may have additional issues, DVD camcorders are poor choices for computer editing.
  3. primalman macrumors 6502a

    Jul 23, 2002
    at the end of the hall
    NEVER PUT OTHER THAN FULL-SIZE DISCS IN YOUR SLOT-LOADING DRIVE! You will pay for it. Get an external DVD drive [tray loading] or like Canada said, find a buddy.

  4. emjus03 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 27, 2006

    I was wondering if the mac mini would work with the mini disks or maybe another external hard drive or something.
  5. Chundles macrumors G4


    Jul 4, 2005
    No, no no.

    Only the Nintendo Wii seems to have a slot-loading drive that can handle non-standard discs, any slot-loading Mac will cough, splutter and eventually die a horrible death if you feed in an 8cm disc - doesn't matter if it's vertical or horizontal a slot-loader is a big no-no for 8cm discs.

    If you need to watch the movies you should use an external, tray-loading DVD player.

    You'll also run into problems because the format used for DVD-based camcorders is not designed to be easily edited, if you want good quality, editable footage you should use a miniDV based camera.
  6. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
    As mentioned above you'll need an external tray loading optical drive if you want to use mini discs on any slot loading Mac. You might get away with in on an older iMac.

    EDIT: What the man down under said.

  7. EricNau Moderator emeritus


    Apr 27, 2005
    San Francisco, CA
    No. Never put a mini disk in a slot-loading drive. Period.

    As for external Hard Drives, they don't accept CD's of any shape or size. :confused:

    EDIT: Wow, beaten twice! :eek:
  8. Anonymous Freak macrumors 603

    Anonymous Freak

    Dec 12, 2002
    Slight caveat...

    The old 'gumdrop' iMac G3s would take mini discs. Not odd-shaped ones, but it would take 8 cm round discs.

    Unfortunately, this is the exception. The vast majority of slot-load drives do, indeed, fail miserably when you put in small or odd-shaped discs.

    I honestly don't know why manufacturers stopped supporting it.
  9. primalman macrumors 6502a

    Jul 23, 2002
    at the end of the hall
    Cause until the advent of MiniDVD camcorders, the small and odd-shaped discs were a general novelty and all-CD-ROM/R drives could take them, as almost 100% were tray loaders or carrier loaders.

    I remember about 10 years ago this sales guy coming to my office with the next big thing…business card CDs. Dumbest. Thing. Ever. I am pretty sure he sold only a handful of people on it, and none of my designer friends and acquaintances ever speced them [I knew and knew of around 150 designers in my town].

    No one really used them, so there was pretty much no demand for drives that could support them as slot-loaders became the rage.

    I did have a designer applicant hand me one as his business card once in a job interview. He became CheeseBall#1 at that point. [FYI I am a designer]


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