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    Urgent help needed - Mac newbie going insane! Need iMovie for my old G4?!
    Hi all,

    I am sorry to ask a question that had probably already been asked but I am going insane trying to work this out and I keep reading different things and am totally confused.

    I have an old G4 PowerPC G4 1.33 GHz, 768MB running OS X Version 10.5.8.
    All I want to do to is get the video off my camcorder and convert it into a format which I can then move onto a windows PC and do some editing in windows movie maker - can anyone help please?!

    I have about 15 mins of video on a mini DV tape from a Canon MV800i camcorder.

    Please help me, I have a deadline of TOMORROW!

    Thanks,
    Meg

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    Apple were offering iMovie for G4's as a free download ages ago, so no reason to think it won't still be.

    Apple - iMovie - Make a movie on your Mac.
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    yeah but i can't seem to find it anywhere and what version should i be looking for?

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    It looks like Apple pulled it when iMovie 9 came out.
    I'm not sure of the source, but here's a link to iMovie 7, which does work, I tried it.

    Free Apple iMovie HD Download
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    thanks! what about just a video capture/transfer program - all i need to do now is to get the viedo off my camcorder, can't even manage this seemingly simple step?!

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    that installer didn't work, i don't have ilife installed....

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    Urgent help needed - Mac newbie going insane! Need iMovie for my old G4?!
    Hi all,
    Am trying to get my old canon MV800i camcorder (miniDV tape) to connect to my equally old mac PPC G4 and not having much luck.

    Can anyone shed some light on this for me please?

    Thanks,
    Meg

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    Gonna be out of luck then I think. As for the import, if the cam has a firewire out it will do it automatically normally, but you need iLife then. Not going to be possible by tomorrow unless you live a couple of miles from me!
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    To import video into a PPC-era Mac, you need one of the following:

    a. A camcorder with Firewire OR
    b. An external analog-to-digital converter (DAC) like the EyeTV products

    PS. You must not like this footage much if you're planning to butcher it in Win Movie Maker. Use iMovie 6HD or iMovie 7 if you can obtain a legal copy.

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