Using video made by a Sony Handycam mini-DVD with iMovie

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by Dragonchilde, Nov 10, 2010.

  1. Dragonchilde macrumors newbie

    Nov 10, 2010
    Ooookay. I've already done a LOT of research on this, but I'm a new Mac user (and by new, I mean since Sunday, people) and I'm not finding much help.

    I've got the better part of 30 gigs worth of video imported from a Sony Handycam (I hate this thing, but in my defense, it's my church's camera, and they bought it before I was hired, else I would have told them to get a real camera) that I need to edit. They all have .mpg extensions.

    I've got a brand-new iMac, and I'm walking a little blind here.

    How can I covert these videos to a format iMovie will understand and work with? I don't mind complicated - I'm a power Windows user, but this is my first real computer. So I'm sorta like a newborn chick in a very big, big forest full of scary looking trees.
  2. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
    forlod bygningen
    Most likely those .mpg files use MPEG-2 as a codec.

    Anyway, use MPEG Streamclip to transcode the videos (it even has a batch function - Command + B) to .mov files (File > Export to QuickTime - Command + E) using the Apple Intermediate Codec for video (Compressor drop down menu) and Uncompressed for audio (Sound drop down menu).

    If the .mpg file is not being read by MPEG Streamclip, you might need the QuickTime MPEG-2 Playback Component (19 USD), but check one of the files via VideoSpec and post the report here.
  3. Dragonchilde thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 10, 2010
    I don't know if you need me to post the report now, but I figured I might as well go ahead and do so (no such thing as too much info, right?)

    ***** First Analyzed File Results *****

    *** General Parameters ***
    - Name: 20100613112037.mpg
    - Container: Mpeg Program Stream
    - Creation Date: 2010-11-07 12:12:17 AM
    - Size: 1214.6 MiB
    - Duration: 0:31:19
    - Bitrate: 5 420 Kbps
    - Encoding Library: Undefined
    - Encoding Application: Undefined

    *** Video Track Parameters ***
    - Format: MPEG-2 Video
    - Size: 1.08 GiB (91%)
    - FourCC: 0x10000002
    - Track number(s): 0
    - Bitrate: Max.: Undefined
    Average: 4 949 Kbps
    Min.: Undefined
    - Frame rate (fps): Max.: Undefined
    Average: 29.970
    Min.: Undefined
    - Bitrate mode: Variable
    - Encoding profile: Main@Main
    - Resolution: Undefined
    - Width (Pixel number): 720
    - Height (Pixel number): 480
    - Pixel Aspect Ratio: 32:27
    - Display aspect ratio: 16:9
    - Chroma subsampling format: YUV420p
    - TV standard: NTSC
    - Interlacing: Interlaced - Top Field First
    - Encoding library: Undefined
    - Additional Parameters: Matrix: Default
    Bits/(Pixel*Frame) ratio: 0.478

    *** Audio Track(s) Parameters ***
    - Format: AC3-A52
    - Size: 57.4 MiB (5%)
    - FourCC: 0x2000
    - Number(s) and language(s): 128 (0x80): Undefined
    - Details: -
    - Profile: Undefined
    - Bitrate: 256 Kbps
    - Bitrate mode: Constant
    - Resolution: Undefined
    - Rate: 48.0 KHz
    - Channel(s): 2 (stereo)
    - Position: Left Right
    - Encoding Library: Undefined
    - Additional Parameters: Not available
  4. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
    forlod bygningen
    Thanks for the report. As you can see from my blooded and bolded and enlarged part of the quote, the video uses MPEG-2 as codec, thus you need the component I linked to earlier.
    You could also try Handbrake first, but that will not give you an iMovie compatible format and you have to use MPEG Streamclip again and Handbrake has no real batch function, only the queue, thus I recommend using the QT Component for 19 USD.
  5. MisterMe macrumors G4


    Jul 17, 2002
    The product of a miniDVD camcorder is a miniDVD that can be played in any DVD player. You cannot edit a DVD. You must transcode it into an editable format. spinnerly's suggestion to use MPEG Streamclip is good. You may also use HandBrake.

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