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How can I use my Everio files with Apple’s iMovie and iDVD?

     
           
             
         
   

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Apple’s iMovie and iDVD were not designed to work with MPEG files which have become popular with the invention of DVD and HDD camcorders like the JVC Everio.

Pixela’s Capty MPEG Edit EX, one of the applications bundled with your Everio, can convert files from MPEG2 format (used in the Everio) to Digital Video (DV) format so that you can easily import your files into Apple’s iMovie and iDVD applications.

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1. Making a DVD with Pixela’s Capty MPEG Edit EX and mono DVD

Drag & Drop files from JVC Everio to Pixela’s mono DVD -->Burn DVD

* In this scenario, Capty MPEG Edit EX is used for editing the video only. You cannot add transitions or effects to the video like you do in iMovie or edit DVD menus like you do in iDVD. mono DVD will not create the DVD menus automatically. However, if you would like to add menus and do more advanced DVD authoring, please purchase Pixela’s Capty DVD/VCD 2 (special upgrade offer for JVC users)


For conversion times and the impact on your video quality, please refer to Chart A, “Capty MPEG Edit EX conversion times below.

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2. Making a DVD with Capty MPEG Edit EX, iMovie and iDVD

To transfer your files to DVD using iMovie and iDVD, you need to take the following steps:

Open files from JVC Everio in Capty MPEG Edit EX --> Select “Create Menu” --> Select “DV Stream” in the “Format” Menu --> select “Execute” --> Open resulting file in iMovie or iDVD.

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Diagram 1 – Capty MPEG Edit EX User Interface

     
     


Diagram 2 – “Create” Menu from Capty MPEG Edit EX


For conversion times and the impact on your video quality, please refer to Chart A, “Capty MPEG Edit EX conversion times”.

     
     


Chart A.  Capty MPEG Edit EX File Conversion Times

Original Time

Original File Format

Target Format

Time to produce

Quality

Multiple of real time

27 sec.

JVC MPEG-2 mode

DV

70 sec.

Slight Quality Loss

2.49x

27 sec.

JVC MPEG-2 mode

Mpeg System Stream

6 sec.

No quality loss

.22x

27 sec.

JVC MPEG-2 mode

MPEG Elementary Stream

6 sec.

No quality loss

.22x

27 sec.

JVC MPEG-2 mode

QuickTime Movie

7 min.

Slight Quality Loss
(Based on setting)

17.7x

 

     
     

System Tested

OR

3 min 14 sec

Size

212 OMH

LE

000

CRF

0

File Format

MPEG-2 Mode

Frame Size

720x480

Video BR

8.5 mps

Audio BR

3.84 kbps

Audio Format

Dolby D

iBook g4

1.25 g memory

Mac OS10

10.4.6

Processor

1.33 GHZ Power PC G4

SD RAM

1.25 GB DPR SD RAM

     
     


 

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