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DV-Video MAC/PC Issue? (Need to convert imported video so that it is cross-platform)


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Hello guys & girls.

I have a problem and i wonder if any of you can help,

Me and some friends are in the middle of a video project for our 1st year at University. (The Italian Job remake with remote control minis if anyone is interested). Anyways, we have shot the footage using DV cameras and are hoping to beign editing it soon. However, Because there is only two of us who own MAC we are running into some compatibility problems with the imported footage.

What we did was imported the footage into iMovie and then made copies of the video files in order to put them on to Windows XP machines (so that all of us could work with the footage). The problem is that the files are not recognised by any windows application we have used. I have tried converting the files using quicktime to .mov but the footage is really poor quality and not what we want.

So what it is we need and would be really greatful if anyone can help us with is a means of importing/converting the video footage from our DV cameras in a format that we can use on both PC and MAC.

Thanks in advance.

Chris, :mac:
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Hello guys & girls.

I have a problem and i wonder if any of you can help,

Me and some friends are in the middle of a video project for our 1st year at University. (The Italian Job remake with remote control minis if anyone is interested). Anyways, we have shot the footage using DV cameras and are hoping to beign editing it soon. However, Because there is only two of us who own MAC we are running into some compatibility problems with the imported footage.

What we did was imported the footage into iMovie and then made copies of the video files in order to put them on to Windows XP machines (so that all of us could work with the footage). The problem is that the files are not recognised by any windows application we have used. I have tried converting the files using quicktime to .mov but the footage is really poor quality and not what we want.

So what it is we need and would be really greatful if anyone can help us with is a means of importing/converting the video footage from our DV cameras in a format that we can use on both PC and MAC.

Thanks in advance.

Chris, :mac:
Take this any way you want it, but, get creative and borrow some Wintel software that recognizes DV format. Or maybe try using Quicktime to move it back and forth. You may have to get the pro version, $30 I think.

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try exporting it in 'full dv quality' or whatever that option is

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try exporting it in 'full dv quality' or whatever that option is

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Is this done through iMovie?

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The files that iMovie makes on import aren't actually dv files, so they won't be recognised by dv compatible pc software.
You'll need to add the footage to the timeline in iMovie and then go to 'File->Share'

Then select Quicktime and select 'Expert settings' and then use the export setting 'Movie to DV stream'.

That should create .dv files that can be edited on a pc as well...

(But the files will be huuuge so make sure you have the space)
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The files that iMovie makes on import aren't actually dv files, so they won't be recognised by dv compatible pc software.
You'll need to add the footage to the timeline in iMovie and then go to 'File->Share'

Then select Quicktime and select 'Expert settings' and then use the export setting 'Movie to DV stream'.

That should create .dv files that can be edited on a pc as well...

(But the files will be huuuge so make sure you have the space)
Cool. Thanks for that my friend :mac:

I have an external 80GB HDD that i can use so theres not too much to worry about as regards to space

Thanks again,

Chris,
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Cool. Thanks for that my friend :mac:

I have an external 80GB HDD that i can use so theres not too much to worry about as regards to space

Thanks again,

Chris,
No problem...
Also have an 80GB external drive - this sucker's almost full! I've started shifting older files onto DVD's and to my iPod...
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