Moving video from IBM to MAC

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by caputvacans, Oct 21, 2005.

  1. caputvacans

    caputvacans Guest

    Any tips on how to transfer/move digital video from an IBM to a MAC? We
    have been filming digital video and putting it on our IBM but we now
    have a MAC and want to move the clips to the MAC so we can edit and
    play with it. Both machines have CD burners and we tried making a CD of
    the clips but MAC will not recognize the format. What format will MAC
    recognize. What should I save the clips as on the PC?
    Or can I creat a portal or network the IBM and MAC so I can just go in
    from the MAC and drag them over. I recall doing this years ago at work
    where I needed logos that were on a MAC so we created a folder on the
    MAC desktop that allowed me access to the IBM computers folders.
    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
    M
     
    caputvacans, Oct 21, 2005
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    bo peep Guest

    First, pick a file format. At
    http://www.uwm.edu/~elsmith/videofileformats.html it looks like MOV
    would be a good choice on the Mac, but there are other possibilities.

    Second, pick a media. My choice would be an external USB connected hard
    drive. I noticed the other day that Sam's club has some pretty good
    prices on these. The latest ones are very compact, and do not require
    an external power supply. You can also use this later on for doing
    system backups.

    John Cowart
     
    bo peep, Oct 21, 2005
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    Jona Vark Guest

    Simply put them on a network and use the 'connect to server' menu selection
    on the mac. Samba,.
     
    Jona Vark, Oct 21, 2005
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  4. When you captured your footage on the PC system, you used a codec.
    (whether you realized it or not) Likely AVI, Divx, I-264, or something
    similar.

    Macs are Quicktime native.

    If you drag an AIV file into a Quicktime timeline you'll likely be asked
    to render the video which is a hassle.

    This is transcoding - re-compressing clips from one codec to another.
    And it's a process that risks introducing errors that can leave your
    footage looking bad.

    Compression or codec incompatibilities can drive you nuts.

    Unless you have a ton of clips, I'd just export a batch capture list
    from your old software, and use the batch list to recapture the clips on
    the Mac.

    It's the best way to insure your video quality will be as good as
    possible and your footage will work seemlessly with your Mac editing
    software.

    Good luck.
     
    William Davis, Oct 23, 2005
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