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Old August 27th, 2014, 11:35 AM   #1
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Just got a new iMac. Planning to get Final Cut Pro, but for now I'm playing with iMovie, which reminds me of my old laptop that had Windows Movie Maker. Kind of like comparing a Moviscop viewer and rewinds to a Steenbeck. I just had some mini DV tapes converted to DVD which play fine on the separate disc reader-burner, but I can't import them to iMovie. In the past I downloaded the free version of Any Video Converter and did just fine. I'm a little leery of downloading something free off the net, my old laptop got nailed with some malware from a free audio mixing software a few years ago. Is there a free converter for Macs that is safe? Also, I want to convert my old VHS, Betacam (all formats including SX) to a video file. I understand there is a cheap way using a camcorder as a pass through to the new version of firewire, which I'll need an adaptor for. I'm using a Canon GL-1. What do I need and how much does it cost?
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Old August 27th, 2014, 04:32 PM   #2
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Hi Marty

I think you need to download VLC player (for the codecs) and Handbrake and rip the DVD's to an editable file type like .mov.

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Old August 27th, 2014, 04:55 PM   #3
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Well as the old expression goes, "There's no such thing as a free lunch". Free software .... can't expect much.

Why not pay a little and support someone providing the capability needed? DVDxDVPro is a long time Mac utility for ripping DVDs into video files for the various Mac editing packages ... including iMovie.

If GL-1 supports pass through, you will need a 4-pin to 9-pin firewire cable assuming your iMac has Firewire 800.
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Old August 27th, 2014, 08:38 PM   #4
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Thanks guys. I've used Handbrake before.
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Old August 27th, 2014, 09:42 PM   #5
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Some combination of Handbrake/MPEG Streamclip/VLC should do you well. Heck, been using those freebies as a pro for years.
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