HD camcorders: Capturing video into iMovie
Posted 14 April 2009 - 05:53 AM
As mentioned at the bottom of the article, you can use the free HandBrake tool -- http://handbrake.fr -- to convert video directly to your hard drive at the quality level you want, using the command-line client.
My command line ends up looking something like this:
HandBrakeCLI --cpu=4 --input="/path/to/mounted/videocamera/file.MTS" --output filename.mp4 --two-pass --decomb --denoise --ipod-atom --markers --height=720 --vb 5500
This produces a 720p HD mp4 file I can play on my AppleTV -- the "--vb 5500" flag ensures the bitrate remains low enough for the AppleTV to play the file.
If you want to produce a different-sized file, such as iMovie's 960x540 (commonly called HR these days), just change "--height=720" to "--height=540". For standard definition (640x480, a.k.a. SD), use "--height=480".
Adjust the "--cpu=4" to reflect how many CPU cores you have. MacBook Pro users would use "--cpu=2" while recent Mac Pro owners could say "--cpu=8"!
I've made available the GPL shell script I wrote to convert video using HandBrake which has a few extra features like automatically concatenating large video files together before encoding. You can get it at http://tech.tnir.org...oads/2009/tomp4 -- be sure to edit it first to tell it where your copy of the HandBrake command-line utility is.
Hope this is useful for someone.
Posted 14 April 2009 - 11:36 AM
I believe that yes, iMovie can handle these frame rates. Not sure about 1080p60 (a.k.a. "full" 1080p) though.
Posted 14 April 2009 - 02:50 PM
I thought iMovie converts both HDV and AVCHD to AIC format.
Posted 14 April 2009 - 05:36 PM
Posted 15 April 2009 - 05:07 AM
According to http://ca.sanyo.com/...0p-CameraCorder says:
bq. FULL 1080i HD SENSOR
bq. Incorporating the latest high-definition CMOS sensor, the SANYO Xacti HD1010 captures full 1080i high-definition video (1920x1080) at 60 frames-per-second.
The VPC-FH1 and HD 2000 look like they do 1080p -- http://sanyo.com/xac...roducts/vpc_fh1 -- I'd be curious to know more about them.
Posted 19 April 2009 - 05:19 AM
from the QuickTime Library, every attempt to import clips resulted in a red "Error" message. After removal of those components importing went well.