Importing DV in MGH & OUGL Using iMovie
Importing from miniDV can be quite simple. The following steps apply to those using the equipment available MGH and OUGL.
- Turn on the miniDV deck. Make sure that it is properly connected to the computer with the Firewire cable.
- In iMovie, switch to Camera mode. As soon as the connection is made the words Camera Connected will appear on the monitor. The position on the tape will be shown in the following format: hrs:min:frames. Error messages will be shown if there is no tape in the camera or if the camera is disconnected.
- Place your tape in miniDV deck (You may want to lock your source tape by punching out a small tap at the back of VHS to keep it from being over written)
- Push the DV button, then the arrow pointing to the right.
- Set the channel of the deck to F-1.
- Cue your source tape to the point where you want to start recording and pause the video. The deck may be controlled from the computer by clicking the buttons on the Playback Control. If this doesn't work use the controls on the deck.
- Once you have found the material you would like to capture, click the Import button. The clips will be automatically imported onto the Shelf. The iMovie software detects the end of a clip and moves to the next vacant space on the Shelf before importing another. Importing can continue as long as there is a vacant space on the Shelf. The Shelf is as large as the available hard drive space. Once the Shelf is full, importing ceases. You must then begin editing to clear space on the Shelf before you may import additional clips.
- When you have capture all the video that you want, press the Import button again to stop capturing.
Importing VHSIn OUGL and MGH the easiest way to accomplish this is to buy a miniDV tape and dub your VHS to the miniDV tape, which can be done on our video stations. The following steps will show you how to dub from a VHS tape to a miniDV tape:
Dubbing VHS to miniDV
- Put both tapes in VCR (You may want to lock your source tape by punching out a small tap at the back of VHS to keep it from being over written)
- Push S-VHS, then the arrow pointing to the left.
- Cue your source tape to the point where you want to start recording and pause the video.
- Push DV button, TV screen should say VHS->DV.
- Press Record button.
- Press the S-VHS button followed by the Play button.
- When you have capture all the video that you want, press the DV button followed by the Stop button.
A cheaper but more time consuming way is to use Final Cut Pro to import the video form VHS and convert the file to a QuickTime DV file (See Final Cut Pro Tutorial for instructions on how to do this).