Import/transfer/upload/rip Mini DVD into iMovie
Mini DVD (also called as MiniDVD, mini DVD or miniDVD) refers to a standard
DVD disc that is somewhat identical to the normal DVD but has a smaller diameter of
only 8cm which is also know as "3 inch DVD". Although smaller in size, Mini DVD
can be played in most DVD players with tray loaded, like DVD, it is an ideal medium
for a broad range of mobile storage applications with or without multimedia content
such as digital audio, video, still images, business presentations, Internet downloads
or just data sharing.
Mini DVD has become on of the most frequently used mediums particularly with
camcorder recordings for its excellent advantages, including random access (you can
make a play-list in edit/play mode in your camcorder), immediate playwrite/rewrite
(you can immediately view your recordings with your camcorder), elimination of
blank search, short of finalization time, production, one-stop production solution etc.
There is no shortcut for editing Mini DVD
Just like DVD, Mini DVD can't still be edited by iMovie directly, iMovie 08 is said
to expand its list of supported formats to include MPEG-2, the format used to record
DVDs and Mini DVDs. But as many people indicated, iMovie 08 is just said than
done, it seems that MPEG-2 is just a good delivery format but not a editing format.
MPEG-2 support could be a big hole in iMovie compatibility. In order to have a closer
look at the problem, I'd like show you some examples, common Mini DVD users
How to import Mini DVD into iMovie
As to my research, the following situations may happen or may have happened in
people's daily life.
Situation 1: "I need to know how to import films from this Samsung VR-DC161
video camera which records to mini DVD media into a Mac preferably straightly into
Situation 2: "My video camera records onto a DVD-RW dics that is about 4 inches
in diameter. I put this DVD into My MacBook drive in hopes of importing the
material in iMovie, nothing happens."
Situation 3: "Can anybody tell me if I import my footage into iMovie 08 from my
Sony Mini DVD Handycam, does the quality of the original footage on the Mini DVD
deteriorate at all? If does, is there a way I can import footage from the Mini DVD into
iMovie with no loss of quality?"
Situation 4: "I have a DVD, it is one of the mini ones, my friends dad recorded
something onto it from his camera and it won't go into my MacBook because since its
not full size my disk drive doesn't recognize it. How can I convert it from my disc,
and get it onto Mac to get it onto iMovie?"
Situation 5: "I am trying to make a movie on iMovie, however I made the movie
with a DVD camera. I have the newest MacBook Pro and was wondering how to get
the movies off the discs into actual files on my computer's memory. My MacBook Pro
won't accept mini DVDs, only the normal sized ones. Is there any special software
that not too pricy or anything?"
Suggested way out
As I mentioned above, iMovie will not deal with Mini DVD natively, you probably
need a third party program to convert your Mini DVDs into iMovie compatible
MPEG-4 (MP4, M4V), DV, HDV, MOV etc before editing. Fortunately, I can give
you some threads
Way 1: I saw many people in favor of ffmpegX which can rip/convert DVD
contents to DV that can be imported into iMovie directly. But there is one problem,
sometimes you have to locate mpeg2enc (encoder required) manually when launch
Way 2: You can also try this DVD ripper for Mac, it is a professional software that
can smoothly convert/import you Mini DVD into iMovie supported file format
without any extra codec installed. It can solve your problem easily, have a try!
Smooth things out with DVD Ripper for Mac
DVD ripper for Mac is an user-friendly and easy-to-use software that for both
beginner and veteran. It can easily rip and DVD content and convert it into iMovie
acceptable MPEG-4 (MP4, M4V), MPEG-2, DV, HDV, MOV files with least
conversion speed and best output quality. Besides, it can also convert DVD to other
popular file formats like AVI, WMV, MKV, 3GP, RM, ASF etc. Meanwhile, it can
also extract audio tracks and from DVD movie and save as MP3, FLAC, AAC etc.
Mac DVD ripper is also a powerful editing tool that help you make your
personalized videos. For example, you can trim your Mini DVD to a certain length by
Trim, tweak the aspect ratio of the video like Full Screen, 16:9, 4:3 by Crop, apply
special effect such as Gray, Emboss and Old film from the options available to the
video by Effect, adjust the output parameters for audio and video by Settings. Besides,
you can also merge several files into a single one for converting and preview the
whole process from the Preview window.
How to import Mini DVD using DVD Ripper for Mac
Below is a simple and intuitive picture showing how to use DVD ripper for Mac,
just a glance to lead you through the whole process.