I have a Sony mini dv camcorder dcr-trv25, purchased in 2002. Although iMovie '11 imports the video, the quality is not that great. There do not appear to be any settings in iMovie for this....it just proceeds to import the video. Exporting to iDVD also was not very good. Playing back the tape on my TV is much better, as was burning to a DVD on a stand alone DVD Recorder connected to my TV. Very little quality loss, if any, on the stand alone DVD recorder.
I would love to start using iMovie, but, the quality of the imported mini dv video isn't good enough to invest the time to make a project.
I'm very new to this...any help would be appreciated.
Didn't see Your post unti now.
Yes if I understands it right - iMovie'08 or 09 or 11 - uses progressive material (all lines in the picture from 1 to end) and iMovie HD6 and Your Camera use interlaced video - it shows line 1, 3 , 5, etc then start over with line 2, 4, 6, etc. So when iMovie'08 to 11 get such material it copies the line above - resulting in a loss of definition.
And as I get it - ther is no way around to get it to export interlaced SD-video over to iDVD but this 50% reduced quality. And this is fully visible.
So I use
• iMovie HD6 - or -
• FinalCut any version
to get as good DVDs possibly.
Yours Bengt W