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Trying to capture both video and audio to Quicktime Pro from DV camera

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jonmanheim Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Jun 1, 2012 10:51 AM

I want to digitally archive raw footage from my mini-DV camera (canon ZR500) to an external hard drive.  I know I can capture all this footage through iMovie.  But it creates hundreds of these little .dv files. 

I just purchased Quicktime Pro as it looked like it could accomplish this task (just get me one .mov file with the the entire mini-DV tape's footage on it). Although I can record video just fine, the audio from the camera does not record.  While I am recording in Quicktime Pro, I can see the audio gauge at the bottom registering the audio input.  But when I playback, it is not there.  Do I need to hook up the camera with something other than just the standard Firewire?

BTW, I am on a Mac Mini, OS 10.7.3, iMovie 8.0.6




Mac mini, Mac OS X (10.7.3)
  • Gary Scotland Level 5 Level 5 (7,555 points)

    its important to do this in the correct order so the camera will be senced by the Mac and to prevent the Firewire connection from electrical damage:



    power down your Mac

    connect firewire from camera to Mac

    power on camera and insert tape in camera and play back


    power up Mac

    start QuickTime

    File > Preferences > record tab

    video source - select the camera you have

    sound source - select the camera you have

    quality - select device native


    the video should show in the QuicTime window

    a  green line below video will show presence of sound-it will play through the speakers if they are selected in system prefernces


    rewind tape and playback

    click on red button to start recording

  • rlavere Calculating status...

    Your solution is absolutely correct, "jonmanheim". I struggled with this for two hours tonight before figuring it out; thanks for posting the answer.

  • Yarrow Sweningsen Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)

    Thank you Jon! Yours was the first correct aswer I found in much googling. What a weird idiosynchricity - totally counter-intuitive.


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