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Pixela ImageMixer Online Help Center Now Available

In order to provide better support for our valued customers, we have launched the ImageMixer Online Help Center. The Help Centre provides you with answers to common questions, plus downloadable manuals and free updates for your ImageMixer software.

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DVD Camcorder and MAC Frustrations

I must admit that I was exceedingly frustrated that I could not use Apple's iDVD and iMovie to capture and edit videos that I took of my kids’ music recital on the new, state-of-the-art DVD camcorder that I purchased to record the occasion. To start with, DVD camcorders don’t come with a FireWire port, so the cable that I was accustomed to using with my MAC in conjunction with my previous tape-based camcorder was useless. Included with the camcorder was a USB cable, though. “Ahah!” I thought, “Now we can get going.” I thought wrong!

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Connecting your DVD Camcorder to your MAC using VRF Browser

Getting MPEG 2 files off your DVD camcorder and onto your MAC for editing and storage can be a frustrating experience, but it doesn’t have to be. Follow these easy steps to successfully connect your DVD Camcorder to your MAC. Pay attention to the order of the steps, because performing them out of sequence can cause the two devices to fail to connect.

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Pixela ImageMixer Online Help Center Now Available

Technical Support is Only a Click Away!

In order to provide better support for our valued customers, we have launched the ImageMixer Online Help Center. The Help Centre provides you with answers to common questions, plus downloadable manuals and updates for your ImageMixer software.

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DVD Camcorder and MAC Frustrations

Enjoying your DVD Camcorder and your MAC
by Nicholas Kovac

I must admit that I was exceedingly frustrated that I could not use Apple's iDVD and iMovie to capture and edit videos that I took of my kids’ music recital on the new, state-of-the-art DVD camcorder that I purchased to record the occasion.

To start with, DVD camcorders don’t come with a FireWire port, so the cable that I was accustomed to using with my MAC in conjunction with my previous tape-based camcorder was useless. Included with the camcorder was a USB cable, though. “Ahah!” I thought, “Now we can get going.” I thought wrong!

After connecting the two with the USB cable, I could see that my MAC could sense that camera was present, but it couldn’t recognise it as a peripheral drive nor could it see the files stored on the media. Dead in the proverbial water once again!

Fortunately, I had a version of Pixela’s VRF Browser software close at hand. Saved! Actually, I was saved twice-over: DVD camcorders store recorded video in the MPEG 2.0 file format, which is commonly supported in the Windows PC world, but only marginally so by MACs. So, even if I had been able to see what was on the camera’s DVD drive, neither iDVD nor iMovie would have been able to do much at all with the MPEG files without cumbersome conversion to the older DV format that tape-based camcorders use. I won’t even go into quality loss in file conversion!

But that wasn’t the end of the story…the VRF Browser not only allowed me to view my videos on my new camcorder and to select which ones that I wanted to import onto my MAC for editing, it also included a simple editing tool which allowed me to perform a rough edit of the recital videos right on the camera. It was a huge help to get my clips organized prior to downloading them to my MAC for more refined editing.

VRF Browser is available at:

http://www.pixela-1.com/vrf_browser

MY TIP: For video editing that is accurate right down to the frame level and for DVD authoring, you might wish to purchase other Pixela applications including Capty Mpeg Edit (MPEG editor and export utility) and Capty DVD/VCD 2 (DVD authoring). With all three together, you will own a suite of applications that will allow top-quality video editing of DVD camcorder files on your MAC.

Connecting your DVD Camcorder to your MAC using VRF Browser

Getting MPEG 2 files off your DVD camcorder and onto your MAC for editing and storage can be a frustrating experience, but it doesn’t have to be. Follow these easy steps to successfully connect your DVD Camcorder to your MAC. Pay attention to the order of the steps, because performing them out of sequence can cause the two devices to fail to connect.

I used the Hitachi DZ-MV780A in this case, but the software mentioned in the following paragraphs supports many other cameras. If you don't see your camcorder there and want to give the software a try, all our software comes with a 30-day, money-back guarantee.

1. Purchase and install Pixela's VRF Browser from:

http://www.pixela-1.com/vrf_browser

2. Connect your DVD Camcorder to your MAC using the included USB cable without DVD-RAM or DVD-R (finalized) media inserted the camcorder’s disc drive. It will take some time for the software to recognize the camera, so be patient.

3. In the lower left corner of the VRF Browser interface, you'll see a drive icon. Click on this icon and select the drive name associated with your camcorder.

4. The drive door to your camcorder will open automatically and you can then insert a DVD-RAM or finalized DVD-R media disk. Close the door on the camcorder. The images on DVD-RAM will appear in a window on your MAC’s screen.

5. From here, please follow the instructions provided in the VRF Browser manual.

Files captured in VRF Browser can be exported in formats supported by Apple's DVD Studio Pro ($499), Pixela's Capty Mpeg Edit EX ($49.95) or Pixela's Capty DVD/VCD 2.

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