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Old February 10th, 2010, 08:47 AM   #1
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friend's video footage shot on sony mini-dvd, huh?

friend's video footage shot on sony mini-dvd, huh?

so a friend wanted me to edit some clips of family footage.

it is not a gig but a favor for a family (mom's!) friend.

the footage was shot on a sony camcorder that shot to a mini-dvd.

i don't have access to the camera.

does anyone know:

what video format is probably this footage?

will mac superdrive's read a mini-dvd? i know stand alone dvd players will read.

i'm just trying to figure out a way to extract the footage so i can edit in imovie or final cut pro.

any and all thoughts are appreciated.

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Old February 10th, 2010, 09:18 AM   #2
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It's probably regular DVD format. As long as it's not a slot-loading drive, your Mac should read it like a regular DVD. Use Handbrake to rip and convert the DVD into something more edit friendly.
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Old February 10th, 2010, 09:21 AM   #3
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You can also use MPEG Streamclip. It's free and will convert to whatever you want to use, just about.

Squared 5 - MPEG Streamclip video converter for Mac OS X
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Old February 10th, 2010, 09:31 AM   #4
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thanks for the quick reply.

good news that the mac pro should read the mini-dvd.

embarrassingly i must admit, i have never used handbrake or streamclip.

any tips on the dl, set-up, preferences and use of either software?

again, thanks in advance for sharing your insights and obvious experience.

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Old February 10th, 2010, 10:25 AM   #5
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Streamclip is very self-explanatory. All you have to do is download it and choose the file format you want.
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Old February 10th, 2010, 11:31 AM   #6
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I used one of these once (the mini-dvd) and Sony Vegas had an option to "Capture from DVD Cam corder) - or some such wording. I would assume your NLE should have the same.
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