9 Replies Latest reply: Jul 1, 2011 6:12 AM by Jon Walker
sowhatnow Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I just installed QuickTime 7 Pro and tried to import a movie from my video camera (mini DV).

It worked ok until it stopped with the pop up message like "file too large". That happened after 35 min of recording and 7.8 GB file size.

Is there really a limitation in file size?

thanks for feedback


QuickTime 7 Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • QuickTimeKirk Level 8 Level 8 (49,795 points)

    DV Stream is about 12 GB's per hour.

    Do a "Get Info" on your HD to see how much free space is left.

  • sowhatnow Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for the tip, however I checked that already. I still have more than 30 GB left. With about 90 minutes tape, I imagine it would represent about 18 GB. Should work. I also tried to use an external HD of 2 TB and showed same error. Please find it attached

    QuickTime Player 7-1.jpg

  • QuickTimeKirk Level 8 Level 8 (49,795 points)

    There may be some file size limit (I don't own a camera to test).

    Do as the dialog window suggests and start a new file. You can join the parts together later.

  • Jon Walker Level 6 Level 6 (17,885 points)

    I still have more than 30 GB left. With about 90 minutes tape, I imagine it would represent about 18 GB. Should work. I also tried to use an external HD of 2 TB and showed same error.

    Or, if your miniDV has a standard DV FireWire interface, you could try the free Mitz Pettel Vidi DV capture utility. It is somewhat old but seems to still work under Snow Leopard without the capture limitations of QT 7 Pro other than being limited to DV compression mode and FireWire interface.

     

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  • UtahAppleJared Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Youe Quicktime Pro 7 can only cache 10GB at max, depending on your settings in "Preferences"... That is likely why you're receiving that error. I don't think there's a work around on this since Quicktime does have that 10GB limitation.

    You're likely gonna have to find a different app. that is able to handle much larger file size videos.

    That's been my observation & experience, anyway. I have to use a professional Video app. to import the video straight from the Cam onto my machine/app for editing etc.

    Best.

    J.

  • sowhatnow Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for the tip regarding Mitz Pettel app. It works well. Th DV quality is not as good as mp4 would be but it is a nice alternative. br

  • sowhatnow Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Well probably this is the last word of the story. 10 GB limitation. It is quite regretful, I must say, that this limitation is not mentioned in the QuickTime description. I spent 30$ for nothing.

    Many thanks for your support and help. It will prevent me to spend hours in trying to make it work.

    cheers mate!

  • Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8 (45,360 points)

    I just installed QuickTime 7 Pro and tried to import a movie from my video camera (mini DV).

     

    That is what iMovie is for.

  • Jon Walker Level 6 Level 6 (17,885 points)

    Th DV quality is not as good as mp4 would be but it is a nice alternative.

    If miniDV camcorder is recording in standard DV, then the Vidi captured quality should be the same as your source file on the camcorder. If camcorder is recoding in HDV and down-converting to DV for Vidi capture, then display dimensions would be reduce drastically. (In this case, you should capture the content using iMovie which will convert the HDV content to AIC while retaining the original dimensions and converting the audio to QT compatible audio.) The main difference between MPEG-4 and Device Native capture by QT 7 Pro is that the camcorder's DV content is transcoded to the MPEG-4 OR MPEG-4/AVC (H.264) compression format making the file much smaller. DV is an "editing" compression format while MPEG-4 is a "delivery" compression format. You can edit the DV files in QT 7 Pro or any other Apple or third-party video editor and then convert them to any QT compatible compression format for which your system is configured.

     

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