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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
VRF Browser is available
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:
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
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
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
Capty Mpeg Edit EX ($49.95) or Pixela's
Capty DVD/VCD 2.
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