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1291 Views 6 Replies Latest reply: Jan 8, 2009 11:08 AM by Beverly Maneatis
Currently Being ModeratedDec 18, 2008 10:56 PM (in response to Michael Winner)Hi
a. Is it the same Camera ? Some Cameras esp. in EU has the DV-in (to Camera) disabled
due to tax-regulations)
If Same Camera. Go to it's menu and cheque that DV-in and out is selected.
In iMovie pref see that Video back trough Camera is selected.
Test another FW-Cable
b. See my trouble shooting list.
Test another FW-Cable.
Test Your Camera on another Mac so that DV-in still works OK
Toogle in iMovie pref: Play-back via Camera (on<->off some times)
Other ways to import Your miniDV tape:
Use another Camera. There where tape play-back stations from SONY
but they costed about 2-4 times a normal miniDV Camera.
If Your Camera works on another Mac. Make an iMovie movie project here and move it
over to Your Mac via an external hard disk.
(HAS TO BE Mac OS Exchange formatted - USB/DOS/FAT32/Mac OS Exchange WILL NOT DO)
(Should be a FireWire one - USB/USB2 performs badly)
FireWire - Sure not using the accompany USB-Cable but bought a 4-pin to 6-pin FW one ?
Using WHAT ? :
• Mac OS - X.5.4 ?
• QuickTime version ? (This is the heart in both iMovie and FinalCut)
• iMovie 8 (7.1.?) ?
• iMovie HD 6 (6.0.4/3) ?
Free space on internal (start-up) hard disk ? (Others don't count)
Does Your Camera work on another Mac ?
Sorry to say it is to easy to turn the 6-pin end of the FW-cable 180 deg wrong.
This is lethal to the A/D-chip in the Camera = needs an expensive repair.
(Hard to find out - else than import/export to another Mac ceased to work
everything else is OK eg recording and playback to TV)
Delete iMovie pref file may help sometimes. I rather start a new account, log into
this and have a re-try.
from LKN 1935:
Hi Bengt W, I tried it all, but nothing worked. Your answer has been helpfull insofar as all the different trials led to the conclusion that there was something wrong with my iMovie software. I therefore threw everything away and reinstalled iMovie from the HD. After that the exportation of DV videos (there has not been any problem with HDV videos) to my Sony camcorders worked properly as it did before. Thank you. LKN 1935
in addition to Bengt's excellent '9 yards of advice' ..
camera set to 'Play' , not rec/computer/etc.?
camera not on battery, but power-line?
did your Mac 'recognize' this camera before...?
a technical check:
connect camera, on, playback, fw-connected...
click on the Blue Apple, upper left of your screen ..
under Firewire.. what do you read..?
Yours Bengt WG3/G4 Blue white,PBG4,dG5, OS X.3.9 + QT6.5.2 and OS X.4.11 + QT 7.3.1
Currently Being ModeratedDec 19, 2008 2:21 PM (in response to Michael Winner)In addition to Bengt's suggestions, I have a quick fix. Sometimes I get the same thing as you, audio plays, but no video records. If you set it up differently, you can record to the camcorder while iMovie just plays on your computer. You need to set the camcorder to something like CTRL REC (Sony) from the playback options. Then, set iMovie's preferences to 'play DV project through to DV camera.' When you are read to record, press REC on the camcorder and just play the iMovie. It should record fine.
I have had to to do this about 5 times when recording back to camcorder over the past 7 years, having made hundreds of movies. Most of the time, the export option works great, but occasionally something just glitches and I have wasted much time trying to figure it out. This quick solution seems a better alternative because the problem is so intermittent.
Post back if this is not clear.iMac 24" Intel, 2GB RAM, 320GB; 3 ext drives: LaCie, WD, Mac OS X (10.4.11), iLIfe 08, iMovie 6.0.4
Currently Being ModeratedDec 22, 2008 7:21 PM (in response to Beverly Maneatis)Hi...thanks for the idea.
My camera is a Panasonic, not a Sony. Wonder if there's some sort of comparable setting. I'll take a look. In the meantime, any clarifying thoughts would be welcome!
Currently Being ModeratedDec 23, 2008 10:53 PM (in response to Michael Winner)I think it will work on a Panasonic, too. Set the camcorder to VCR/VTR and then if you don't have a setting similar to the sony's CRTL REC, try pressing both PLAY and REC simultaneously and see if the camcorder starts recording, then just play the iMovie. That usually works.iMac 24" Intel, 2GB RAM, 320GB; 3 ext drives: LaCie, WD, Mac OS X (10.4.11), iLIfe 08, iMovie 6.0.4
Currently Being ModeratedJan 7, 2009 11:36 AM (in response to Beverly Maneatis)WOW! This was a perfect solution to the problem, which is the one that I was having as well. I also was relieved to hear that you have created so many movies and have this issue intermittently only ! I too have created loads of them, but have never had trouble 'sharing' back to the camera like this (sound but no video). Interestingly enough, if I tried a different movie (same camera, same cable) it worked fine...so likely it is indeed a 'glitch' in the movie file itself. Nice to have the work around..thanks!
As an aside...I SO prefer iMovie HD over the new one haha.macbook, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
Currently Being ModeratedJan 8, 2009 11:08 AM (in response to mactooljazz)I am glad to be of help!
+As an aside...I SO prefer iMovie HD over the new one haha.+
So far, I do, too, but I have looked at the keynote speech by Apple at the MacWorld Expo, and I am going to buy iLife 9 and try out iMovie 9. The demo looked good and it seems as if many of the fine-tuning features of iMovie6 have been put into this new version.iMac 24" Intel, 2GB RAM, 320GB; 3 ext drives: LaCie, WD, Mac OS X (10.4.11), iLIfe 08, iMovie 6.0.4