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How come I cannot burn videos from my mac to a DVD? 

by on April 21, 2011

Q: I have a mac laptop and I have a few videos that I uploaded from my camera in a folder on my desktop. I would like to burn them to a dvd disk to view on a t.v. I have tried to burn on 3 different disks, two were CD’s and one was a DVD disk. It doesn’t seem to be burning the videos correctly on the disks. I put them in the dvd player and it says bad disk or it doesn’t support… Please help me figure out how to burn these videos to a dvd disk to add to my home video collection. Do I need to load the videos in a certain program, like imovie?


Import Video To Your Mac From A DV Camcorder 

by on August 12, 2008

Q: I have a MacBook running OS X 10.4.11 and just got a used Panasonic mini DV Palmcorder (PalmSight). There’s a firewire connection from the camera to the computer but when I plug it in and turn it on nothing comes up on the desktop. I’m assuming I need some software but can’t find anything other than spam on the web.

A: The special software you are looking for should be installed on your computer already and it is called iMovie. You should be able to find it in your Application folder because it comes installed on all Macs.

You will want to connect your DV camcorder to your computer, make sure it is in play mode, open iMovie, then go to File -> Import from Camera… and this should bring up a window allowing you to import the video from your DV camcorder.


Transfer Footage From A Canon GL Camcorder To A Computer 

by on December 18, 2007

Q: How can I get the video that I’ve recorded on a Canon GL video camera to a computer?

A: Thank you for your question. Naturally, you will need to use a computer program to “capture” your camcorder’s footage. Thankfully, Windows-based PCs and Macs both have the type of program that you need built-in! There are programs available for Linux as well. But I will not discuss any of those here.

Windows: The program for camcorders that is built into Windows is appropriately called Windows Movie Maker. Only the Windows Vista Home Premium and Windows Vista Ultimate editions of Movie Maker are compatible with high-definition camcorders. Luckily, according to my research video cameras in the Canon GL family are not high-definition. What this means to you is that you can use any Windows XP or Windows Vista computer that is equipped with at least one FireWire port to import your footage. There is also a less functional version of Movie Maker for Windows ME. Visit the Microsoft webpage entitled Get started with Windows Movie Maker to get detailed instructions and tips on how to use Movie Maker. As you can learn on that webpage, Movie Maker will also allow you to edit you footage. If Movie Maker fails to activate automatically when you connect your camcorder to your computer, go Start => All Programs => Accessories.

Mac: Apple Mac computers can also import and help you to edit your footage using built-in software, called iMovie. The iMovie software is part of a larger suite of built-in Mac programs called iLife. You can locate iMovie in the Applications folder of your Mac’s hard drive. Apple provides online iMovie tutorials that can help you to learn the program. Incidentally, most Macs sold within the past couple of years can even import high-definition footage. Many “geeks” prefer iMovie to Windows Movie Maker.

Good luck with your camcorder-to-computer adventures!