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pflower

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I have a number of Mini DV Tapes on which there are completed movies which I made 20 years ago in what was then Final Cut Pro 7 (or even earlier).  These were outputted from FCP onto Mini DV - i.e fully edited with sound, graphics, effects etc.

I have now managed to get an old DV camera to connect to my iMac.  But if I try and import any of these into Final Cut Pro X or iMovie, the software recognises and imports each cut as a separate clip.  This is not what I want - I really just want to copy the entire film in real time into a single file which can be played on a computer.

It doesn't appear to me to be a way of doing this in FCPX or in iMovie.  Is there a simple piece of software that would allow me to do this?  To be clear - I have, say, a 40 minute edited movie which I want to transfer verbatim into a single mp4 or .mov file which I can share with my family.
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Re: How To Transfer a Full Movie (not clips) from a Mini DV Tape to a Mac
« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2022, 01:26:25 pm »

I have a project to transfer all my footage and competed projects, stored on miniDV; about halfway through the fourty hours of media.

Final Cut Pro X does not handle timecode. You cannot set the in and out point on an EDL and ask for a single [file] transfer. The workflow of FCP7, where you could do frame accurate batch capture and only need to feed media at the prompt, is extinct.
With FCProX, you can do a live capture, where you press the "start capture" icon, and when the media is done, press the "stop capture".  I cannot remember if playable frames are required to be playing, as it used to be with FCP7, because of the need for timecode.

For my project, I have been using a MacBook Pro 2009 with FCP7 and batch capturing the media, because I still have the original projects in the archive.  And for the media for which I don't, I have a project in which I log the in and out points for the un-logged media. I then use batch capture.

The resulting QuickTime transfer is easily converted [with Compressor, if you have it] to any format that plays on your favoured device.

For PCProX [10.4.x], you need to baby-sit the capture.

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Pascal
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Re: How To Transfer a Full Movie (not clips) from a Mini DV Tape to a Mac
« Reply #2 on: January 17, 2022, 06:54:49 am »

I sort of got there in the end.  I do have some very old Macs in storage and bought FCP7, so I suppose that might be the best bet, but frankly I wonder if it is really worth the effort. 

The weird thing about FCPX is that it imports from tape but even when archiving breaks the tape into multiple clips and gives each clip a completely opaque name, you can't sort clips by time added or name to get them into the right order.  I did finally work out that if I did an archive of a tape and then examined the footage in Finder, I could sort by date modified in the Finder and the drag the sorted clips into a timeline.  That sort of worked but FCPX clearly doesn't like importing from tape - it keeps missing pieces and I had to constantly quit and restart and do things in small segments - even archiving missed segments which I had to re-capture after restarting.
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