I'm still using Apple iMovie5 and a Power PC to make standard definition 4:3 aspect ratio DVD's for industrial training purposes. Historically, I've used miniDV camcorders to aquire the raw content. I want to go tapeless, but still keep everything else the same. Any specific suggestions for camcorders that aquire in SD 4:3 with files compatible with iMovie5 (like .mov files)?? In other words, I need to replace the miniDV capture process and go with something that easily imports into iMovie 5, std def, with 4:3. Help please!!!
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Thanks for writing us. I'm checking with our iMovie editor and our video team, and I'll let you know if they have any recommendations for you. Also, you might try asking on a video forum, like http://www.dvxuser.com/V6/ http://www.dvinfo.net/forum/ or http://avp.stackexchange.com/
I hope that helps!
Our video producer says that Atomos and other companies make off-board recorders, but most all are for HD recording. He thinks that you could benefit by moving to a HD 16x9 workflow, and that standard definition 4:3 production is mostly a thing of the past.
Have a great day!
If you want to stick with the setup you have, my suggestion is to find a tapeless camcorder you like (price-wise, feature-wise, etc.) and then check the tech specs to see if it will record in SD 4:3. Since this is older technology, I also encourage you to try eBay, Craigslist, and other used-equipment outlets (once you find the right camera model).
Long-term, and since the opportunity has presented itself, it might be a good time to think about switching to HD 16:9, which has become the standard.