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how can I download movie to edit with final cut express?

490 Views 9 Replies Latest reply: Nov 6, 2012 11:40 AM by WALTER-MILANO-ITALY RSS
Bruce Delaplain1 Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)
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Nov 4, 2012 12:21 PM

Sometimes when I watch a movie on TV, I think it could be improved by editing. I'd like to try it. I want to somehow get an editable copy of a movie. I don't have final cut yet, but...


Thanks for your help,


iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • WALTER-MILANO-ITALY Level 4 Level 4 (2,175 points)

    First you need to record the TV and this can be done in different way according to the kind of broadcast and your TV. (Some Samsung TV even make it impossible to play again the recording on a different TV set).

    Than knowing the kind of file you get we could give some suggestion.

    Generally I would suggest to try with iMovie an d later you could decide to buy FCPX (Express was discontinued).

  • WALTER-MILANO-ITALY Level 4 Level 4 (2,175 points)

    DVR ?  DigitalVideoRecorder ?

    HMMM ... unknown. By me at least .

    I imagine there is an internal HD and you should have a sowtware to "extract"  the files and send them to a USB key or another HD.

    Can you find out the kind of files which are generated and if the export is possible ?

    Then you can find out if the files are compatible to be edited with FCPX - iMovie - Quick Time , or if you will need a conversion Software like one of this:


    Many of them are free or cheap to be found in internet. Google for each of them after you have found the kind of your video files to see which suites better your needs.  (Sorry there is also a xlsx and few pdf in the list. Dont seearch for them

  • David Harbsmeier Level 7 Level 7 (29,560 points)

    Why not shoot your own footage to experiment with until you're more familiar with the software.



  • WALTER-MILANO-ITALY Level 4 Level 4 (2,175 points)

    Do not confuse SATA with eSATA.

    To your questions.

    1) You can probably get video files from the external Drive but it is not sure. How will the external drive be formatted ? If it is a standard Win or Mac Format you wiull be able to acces the Files (Acces means you will see them, than the question will be again as in my previous posts which video-file kind are they ?

    Some TV (like Samsung) let you connect an external HD for recording but the HD has to be formatted by the TV and it is done in a way that you cannot read it with PC or MAC or even with a different Samsung TV. In some way the TV Code is enbedded in the Formatting.  Others like the German Clarketech let you record on any HD or even USB key or card and you can convert the files as you like. 

    You need to go on reading the user guide or experiment.

    2) I do not believe you can "download" the data from the SATA (or eSATA) port of the TV to a caomputer.


    Than there is also a legal question.  Each contry has different rules. In Italy we can copy TV sendings and even make a personal copy for backup of a movie but frequently the movie are protected and you cannot do it.

    And you are going to copy movies...

  • WALTER-MILANO-ITALY Level 4 Level 4 (2,175 points)

    Good idea !!!


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