Import 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
orjust data sharing.
Mini DVD has become on of the most frequently used mediums particularly with camcorder recordings
for its outstanding 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
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 have
How to import Mini DVD intoiMovie
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-DCl6l video camera which
records to mini DVD media into a Mac preferably straightly into iMovie. "
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
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Import Mini DVD into iMovie
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 the application.
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 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