First time here. Thanks for looking. I am not a wiz bang computer guy, especially when it comes to video editing applications and related stuff.
So I recently converted ~25 analog 8mm Sony video tapes (2 hours per tape) that I made of my four kids during their childhood to digital format (MOV). I used a refurbished Sony Video Recorder (EV-A50 that I purchased on eBay (the original 25 year old Sony 8mm camcorder no longer functioned). I played the tapes through a Roxio Video Capture USB (purchased at Best Buy) into my Late 2013 MacBook Pro (2.3 GHz Intel Core i7, 16 GB 1600 MHz DDR3, 1 TB SSD). The video conversation to digital worked flawlessly using the Roxio dongle.
The resulting digital files are in MOV format, totaling ~ 64 GB of data. I purchased four SanDisk Extreme PLUS microXDSC UHS-I Cards (with SD adapters) from Costco in order to get the digital data files to each of my four kids. All of them have MacBook Proís or better (one iMac) with SD card slots on their computers.
Because of the expense involved (Iím retired), I will not be converting all of the video to DVDís for playback in their home DVD players. Perhaps they will. I may convert the files on my SSD to DVD though.
1. Should I convert the videos to a different format than MOV before I transfer them to the SD cards? Does doing so affect their choices for what they can do with the MOV files? As it is, they will be able to play the MOV video files on their computers. Some smart TVís will allow playback via a USB plugged into the rear of the TV, but I know of no Ďsmartí TVís that will allow playback from SD cards.
2. Iím guessing that I can just Ďdragí the files from the Roxio folder to the SD card icon on my desktop? Or do I need to go through some fancy Ďexport process?í. I donít want to loose the MOV files off of my MacBook Pro.
3. Any recommendations for what software that I should use (proís and conís) to convert the files to DVDís, and what the highest quality DVDís are.
Thanks in advance!
Jeepers. I just saw that there is a Mac thread down below. Sorry about that Mods. Feel free to move this post, or I can delete it and repost in the Mac thread.
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Last edited by ultane; 27th Jun 2019 at 15:21.
I'll move the thread to our MAC Forum, where you may get more responses.
And welcome to our forums.
And for your questions:\
1) I'd leave them in MOV format. Should be OK for most Macs. They can always be converted later to alternate formats.
2) Drag and Drop should work, but you should back up the original transfers offline so you have a second original backup.
3) Not that familiar with Mac to DVD programs, but others here can give recommendations.
Use Compressor from your MAS (MAC App Store) - Apple software. Not free, not too expensive, and produces great quality. You can also use DVDStyler (free) to just drop the MOV file in the timeline and let it convert the video to a burnable DVD. Quality is good in my expirations as well, and itís super easy to use. I use both...