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03-20-2019, 06:40 AM
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Hi all

I have been given a Mini DV tape that contains HDV footage i.e 1080i.

I have a HDV playback unit and access to firewire enabled Macs and PCs.

I have saved standard def Mini DV in the past using Vidi (for Mac) and ended up with a file around 13GB size for 1 hour. I think it was a .dv file but I could be wrong.

So..I just want to do a straight transfer of the digital info on tape, through FW.

FCPX is yielding a lossy .mov capture - no good.

Premiere - I have not tried it yet but suspect similar.

Does anyone have any ideas on what I might try?
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03-20-2019, 07:35 AM
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For Windows:

A program called HDVSplit will pull the footage off of the camcorder as MPEG-2 transport streams.


The preview function is generally broken, so leave it disabled.

CapDVHS, despite the name also works with HDV camcorders


For Mac:

FCPX should be able to capture HDV directly to a ProRes or Apple Intermediate compressed video. Apple used to provide a developer tool called "DVHSCap" to capture the raw transport streams like the Windows tools above. I don't know if it works with recent releases of MacOS X though. There is a newer application called "AVCVideoCap" that will likely work on newer versions of OS X available here: https://www.cuttingcords.com/home/20...ox-using-a-mac
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