Currently Being ModeratedJul 7, 2013 8:33 AM (in response to Argonese)
If you got a digital 8mm camera.
Then an extra A/D-box like the Canopus advc 110 will not do much better.
If your tapes has lot's of drop-outs then an Canopus advc-300 with time base correction might help a lot
- to keep video importing without ant halts
- keeping audio in perfect sync
Yours Bengt W
Currently Being ModeratedJul 7, 2013 8:38 AM (in response to Argonese)
If quality is important to you, here is the best way.
Use OS 10.6.x if you can. (Newer OSs will work also but you will have to control the ADVC300 manually.)
ADVC300 > iMovie 06 > iDVD 09/11
I have a drawer full of analog-to-digital converters. After using the Grass Valley ADVC300 I find nothing else acceptable.
The program that comes with the ADVC300 has some nice filters that can improve video and audio of the source material. The ADVC300 will take Audio and Video from any source (VCR, Tivo, Satellite Receiver) and convert it to FireWire (iMovie will treat it like a camera).
I would use iMovie 06 with iDVD 09/11, why?
iMovie 09/11 uses 'single field processing' meaning every other horizontal line of the video is thrown out, which reduces the sharpness of the footage. iMovie 06 uses ALL of the image to form the video.
After lots of experimenting I get the best results using OS 10.6, iMovie 06, and iDVD 09/11. My movies look just like Hollywood!
Currently Being ModeratedJul 7, 2013 2:56 PM (in response to Ziatron)
Thank you both for your responses. It seems like a regression for Imovie 11 using single field processing? Why would there be regression from Imovie 06? Does it eliminate every other line while importing the video or while exporting? Is Imovie 06 still available? Is it the same as Imovie 06 HD?
Currently Being ModeratedJul 7, 2013 4:42 PM (in response to Klaus1)
I have been digging through old threads attempting to educate myself - as I am fairly recent to mac. I am trying to preserve our home movies from the past 25 years and want to get the best quality resolution that I can. Just read through a long thread where the primary posters were Coolmax and Tom Wolsky.
If I understand Tom correctly, importing the tape via Imovie 11 should render the same quality as importing via Imovie 6HD?
The single field processing comments - Does the elimination of the line of resolution occur when exporting out of Imovie 11?
If I were to purchase Ilife 06 and use Imovie 6HD would I be avoiding the "single field processing" on export - thereby increasing the resolution when I create DVD's?
Currently Being ModeratedJul 7, 2013 11:50 PM (in response to Argonese)
the problem occures when going from Events to Projects.
And concerns iMovie'08 to 11
iMovie up to HD6, FinalCut any version can handle interlaced SD-Video as you get from Your analog tapes and as what iDVD needs !
Yours Bengt W
Currently Being ModeratedJul 10, 2013 12:31 AM (in response to Argonese)
Just a couple of things: you can have both versions of iMovie installed at the same time.
Happily this is easily achieved, but it has to be done backwards.
Delete iMovie 11 (just drag it to the trash). Now install iMovie 6 from the iLife 6 install disks. Update it via Software Update to iMovie 6.0.3.
Now re-install iMovie 11. This automatically moves iMovie 6 into a folder it creates in your Applications folder called iMovie Previous Version.
Then reinstall iMovie 11.
iMovie 6 works great with iDVD 7.
Now you have them both, and you can have both in the Dock as well.
Alternatively you could try this method, suggested by poster Uitech:
Open a terminal and type "touch /Library/Preferences/com.apple.iLife011.plist"
Install iMovieHD6 from the iLife 6 install disk.
This works with both Leopard and Snow Leopard Macs.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 10, 2013 6:08 PM (in response to Klaus1)
Excellent, Klaus and thanks for the step by step instructions. As soon as I get the purchase, I will follow your first method. Out of curiosity, how did you surmise that I have Idvd 7?
Currently Being ModeratedJul 14, 2013 7:36 PM (in response to Argonese)
OK......I got Ilife 06 and tried to install. I got an error message and discovered that the installer is no longer supported. I had to download 3rd party "Pacifist" Software to install the Imovie 06. It is now on my computer and I have been working on my first DVD all day. Thanks again for your help.