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PostPosted: Wed Dec 28, 2005 12:37 pm    Post subject: iMovie DV Cam Control problems Reply with quote

Hi all,

I've used iMove HD to copy my Mini DV tapes from my Sony PC101 camera to my Mac without problems. However, I now want to get my old Hi8 tapes from my old camera onto the Mac. What I did was connect the Hi8 camera into the DV camera and then the DV camera to the Mac. The camera supports passthru so should work.

However, when I click IMPORT in iMovie it starts the DV tape. If I take the DV tape out it just says insert tape?? I know I have to press play on the Hi8 camera but iMovie just keeps trying to play a DV tape.

I have done this before on XP now problems using Pinancle as there was an option to not have the software control the camera. Is there a way I can do this in iMovie??

Thanks
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 29, 2005 2:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't think iMovie can do this, I believe you're going to need FCE, Avid Xpress DV, or something similar.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 29, 2005 3:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

cinemafia wrote:
I don't think iMovie can do this, I believe you're going to need FCE, Avid Xpress DV, or something similar.


Any free packages? THink II'll just do it on my XP PC and copy the footage over afterwards at this rate.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 30, 2005 3:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If your MiniDV cam can do pass through, you can still use iMovie to import old Hi8 tapes, but you won't get camera controls, as iMovie can only control your MiniDV cam. You have to make sure you enable the pass through option on your MiniDV cam.

You will also have to take the tape out of the MiniDV, and then the Import button would work. However, you will have to manually press the Play/Pause/Stop buttons on the Hi8 camera. Just press the Import button and then press Play. You can always cut off the few seconds of "black" when editing your movie.

I do this all the time with my PVR. I hook up my PVR's output to my MiniDV and use iMovie to do the capturing. Just have to make sure that you take the tape out of the MiniDV or iMovie will get confused.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 31, 2005 8:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

chrishch wrote:
If your MiniDV cam can do pass through, you can still use iMovie to import old Hi8 tapes, but you won't get camera controls, as iMovie can only control your MiniDV cam. You have to make sure you enable the pass through option on your MiniDV cam.

You will also have to take the tape out of the MiniDV, and then the Import button would work. However, you will have to manually press the Play/Pause/Stop buttons on the Hi8 camera. Just press the Import button and then press Play. You can always cut off the few seconds of "black" when editing your movie.

I do this all the time with my PVR. I hook up my PVR's output to my MiniDV and use iMovie to do the capturing. Just have to make sure that you take the tape out of the MiniDV or iMovie will get confused.


Yeah I tried this and as soon as I take the tape out my MiniDV camera iMovie says "no tape" and I can't do the import.

I've since found out that this is a common bug with iMovie HD that worked fine in iMovie 4. Have found lots of posts on the problems including on Apples site so have now got a work around by using a program called BTV which is letting me import fine.

Thanks for your help anyway.
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