Simple solutions to capture DV under MacOS

I was looking for simple (and cheap) solution to copy my DV tapes on my hard disk. Here is what I found :

  • Vidi : free
  • AVCVideoCap : GUI, included by Apple in the Firewire SDK, that can be downloaded here
  • Live Capture Plus : commercial, about €49
  • iMovie, commercial

iMovie doesn’t support the use case I am interested in, ie. just save one big .dv file. Live Capture Plus is too expensive for this purpose.

I was until now pretty happy with AVCVideoCap, until it recently decided not to capture anything anymore. After selecting an output file name, it says “File opened”, and if I try to capture, “Could not open device”, although iMovie and Vidi didn’t have any problem with the same hardware/software setup.

So I had to find another solution, and I came upon Vidi, which is now the tool I use. It can do much more than what I need, but it’s free and even provided with the source code.

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One Response to Simple solutions to capture DV under MacOS

  1. Pingback: dvsplit: tool to split raw DV files based on the timestamps « ocroquette’s Blog

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