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Walter Koch

Video on MBP

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Hello everyone I have another newbie question for you. I have a camcorder (panasonic) mini DVD and wanted to know how to get the video to my MBP so that I can try Imovie ('08). On with the questions.

 

Can I put the mini DVD in my super drive? Wasn't sure if it would get stuck because it is smaller. I know on a regular "slide out" drive there is a smaller circle in the tray where it fits. The camera also has a AV out port (no firewire or usb ports unfortunately) could I use this to import the video to my MBP? If so what type of cord would I need and would I be able to buy it at Radio Shack? Thanks in advance for any help with this and if this is in the wrong section let me know.

 

Walt

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Sorry Walt. Whatever you do, do NOT place the mini disc into the slot drive. That's one of the problems with camcorders that record directly to DVD ( many computers use slot drives nowadays ). Another issue is that the video is recorded onto the DVD at a lower quality than when recorded to HD or Digital Tape ( it uses a different codec I believe ).

 

I don't think it would be a good idea to try and import the Video the way you describe as it would even further degrade the quality ( I assume the AV out port is analog ). I would suggest buying a cheap external DVD-ROM player that will play the mini discs and then use a DVD ripper like Handbrake to rip the video.

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Sorry Walt. Whatever you do, do NOT place the mini disc into the slot drive. That's one of the problems with camcorders that record directly to DVD ( many computers use slot drives nowadays ). Another issue is that the video is recorded onto the DVD at a lower quality than when recorded to HD or Digital Tape ( it uses a different codec I believe ).

 

I don't think it would be a good idea to try and import the Video the way you describe as it would even further degrade the quality ( I assume the AV out port is analog ). I would suggest buying a cheap external DVD-ROM player that will play the mini discs and then use a DVD ripper like Handbrake to rip the video.

 

 

DolphBucs,

 

Thanks for the response. [Next dumb questions in a series I'm sure] A DVD player would hook right to my MBP? and then handbrake would rip it to the hard drive?

 

Walt

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Yeah, just get an external usb drive.

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