How to import DVD into iMovie 08
Apple released its seventh version: iMovie 08 as a replacement for iMovie HD 6 in
August, 2007 which is considered by many users completely different from the
previous versions. It is without doubt, a brand new tool in good faith of offering
simple and fast editing for Mac uses. And indeed it produced great sensation shortly
after its appearance.
Everyday, you see comments flooding into various websites large or small, famous
or common about this newly born beast, some positive, but mostly negative. To be
accurate, this tool was heavily criticized for being deadly simplistic who has
abandoned most of features that existed in the previous versions. These discarded
features can be listed without an end, like there is no timeline, no DVD chapter
marker and plugins support, no audio and visual effects, no themes, no pause control
for titles, besides, it can't extract, control and adjust audio clips, can't open old films in
the previous versions of iMovie, can't open more than one project etc.
However, still, there are some admiring voice. People who are in favor of iMovie 08
are those who are new to Mac or iMovie or are not good at video or film editing,. And
they find it easy to use and understand and can provide a simple, intuitive, fast and
smooth way to do some basic editing. In reality, iMovie, although is far from being a
professional application is not as hobbled as it first appeared, there are still excellent
features to be expected from this simple application: such as, it add support for
camcorder, offers simplified drag-and-drop editing, can add text, background, music,
transition and still photos, can add to iTunes and publish online, can store finished
movies in iTunes for easy viewing in iPod, iPhone, Apple TV etc.
iMovie 08: Adds support for DVD camcorder
iMovie 08 works with many tapeless camcorder including those who record on
DVDs that use MPEG-2 (standard definition) and AVCHD (high definition). That
greatly improves users' experience with iMovie, what you need is a USB cable and
some type of camcorder (Cannon HR 10 for instance) that record on DVDs. You
connect your camcorder with you iMac using the USB cable, open your iMovie 08,
then everything will go smoothly.
Attention must be paid to iMovie
Although iMovie is said to add support for DVD camcorder, there are still problems
when do actual importing and editing in iMovie, which as I know may fall into the
following categories and may be more:
Situation 1: "Due to the wide range of media types, and the different ways
manufactures store videos on these media types, not all tapeless camcorders are
compatible with iMovie 08."
Situation 2: iMovie 08 is supposed to work with many tapeless camcorders that
using MPEG-2 (standard definition), but some DVD camcorder, take Cannon DC 2
for example may produce both standard and high definition MPEG-2 files, how will
iMovie 08 deal with this?
Situation 3: Some DVD camcorders without any reason may produce non-MPEG-2
or AVCHD files that compatible with iMovie, this is a very common phenomenon that
can't be neglected.
Situation 4: Some DVD camcorders can only be run on specific systems or iMovie
versions, for instance, Panasonic HDC-DX1 requires Mac OS X Leopard 10.5 or later
and iMovie 7.1.1 or later.
Keys to the problems:
Don't worry, there are still ways to help you out.
Solution 1: You may use an application called VisualHub to convert you DVD to
DV files, iMovie 08 works perfect with this file format.
Solution 2: Use Movie Converter for Mac, which is till recently, I have found a
100% clean and ideal program that can relieve all your worries perfectly, just have a
Movie Converter for Mac: the right one for you
Movie converter for Mac is a powerful 2-in-1 application that integrate DVD ripper
and video converter into a single one package that suitable for both home and
commercial DVDs which suitable for iMovie 08 and its other version as well. It can
rip DVD contents and convert to iMovie compatible MPEG-2, MPEG-4 (MP4,
M4V), DV, HDV, MOV etc, it can also convert almost all popular file formats like
AVI, WMV, MPG, MP4, FLV, MOV, VOB, 3GP and HD files including AVCHD,
MOD, HD WM, HD Divx, HD Xvid, HD MOV, HD H.264 etc with just a few mouse
Mac movie converter has been enhanced that can be run on any kinds of iMac
systems including the recently released Mac OS X Snow Lepoard. It can offer you
versatile editing features, you can make your own videos. For example, you can
choose your favourite DVD clips to convert by Trim, crop off unwanted parts from
DVD clips by Crop, apply special effect like Gray, Emboss and Old film, you can also
set the specific output parameters for video and audio. Besides, the whole process can
be seen from the Preview window.