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Panasonic miniDVD VDR D50 to Mac OS10.4?

by jlstephens / September 6, 2008 2:05 PM PDT

I have done a test video (it was finalized) file on the Panasonic camcorder and want to transfer it to the Mac for editing. I have iDVD on the Mac. There was no Mac software that came with the camera although the instruction book suggested that the camera could be used with a Mac. I tried putting the mini disc into the DVD player to download and all the file list showed was a .VRO file which I could not open. I have not tried to download directly from the camera to the computer because I have read that the USB cable process will not work but maybe firewire will. It doesn't look like there is a firewire port on this camera. I could be wrong about that. Is there some way to get the data from the camera to the computer in editable form or do I need to return the camera?

If a different camera is the answer, do you have some suggestions?

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So what editing software do you have?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 6, 2008 11:18 PM PDT
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And a clarification...
by boya84 / September 10, 2008 10:14 AM PDT

iDVD is an application that iss used to author DVDs - not play them back. If you want to play a DVD using MacOSX, there is an application called DVD Player that is bundled with the operating system.

I am not aware of any consumer DVD based camcorder that uses Firewire, so you are probably correct that you cannot find a DV port. The only consumer cams - of which I an aware - that use Firewire are all miniDV and Digital8 tape based camcorders and certain JVC hard drive based camcorders.

One thing to consider (if the USB connection does not work) is to download and install HandBrake and rip the video to a format iMovie or FinalCut likes... .mov or .mp4 or .dv "Best quality" is preferred. Once in a "good" format, launch the video editor and drag the converted file to the clips pane or timeline of the video editor. The video may take some time to import.

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