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Sony GV-D200 DVDs not recognized on the Mac

We recorded all our old home movies on DVD using the Sony GV-D200 hoping they will last longer on DVD than videotape.  Now I want to use some of them to make a video for my son's HS graduation but when we put the DVDs into the G5 Mac, it won't recognize them. It's like the Sony put some copy protection on the DVDs even though they are only our own personal home movies! Very aggravating! It took about 150 hours to transfer them all to the DVD's. How can we load these DVDs on our mac?

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In the description of the problem the software used to capture is not mentioned. If you are using a Mac 5 now you probably are familiar with the different operations of a PC based unit. Most consumner software is not compatible or cross platform designed. The BEST answer , if you can and are willing, is to gather the old tapes, use a software program that has "batch capture" function, viewing the tapes at a high speed. When you have all the raw footage in your Mac, you can create a new, uncompressed video story ready to go anywhere you so chose.
In the PC world, folks are not aware that the MPEG codecs lose a lot of information when fixed on a dvd. The information is "discarded" and cannot be retrived because it is not there! A lot of foks sent thier old home films to a "DVD mill" and then threw them away when the got thier DVDs back. There are PC based video production programs such as Adobe Premiere Elements that will read the info on the disc, then making it available to be reworked, but the quality can be heart breaking, like a fifth generation VHS. Perhaps Mac has developed similar programs and can enhance the components such as hue, saturation, chroma etc. If this sounds like a long complex answer well, yes sorry it is. I wish you well. If you do have the tapes, a local production house can produce a fine product for a fraction of the cost of even a few years ago. Graduations don't come around ofter. Again, I wish you good luck.
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Posted on Feb 22, 2008

  • Banjopilot Feb 25, 2008

    A summary answer to the above: The Sony GV-D200 converterd the analog video signal to a digital signal according to the software's compression/decompression process used by the computor at the time of first efforts. It may be necessary to upgrade or change to a program that reads and records an older format.

    Look for a video production program for the Mac that describes clearly that it reads DVDs already finalized.and offers Batch Capture. Using the "batch capture" option allows for quick viewing. Batch Capture automatically records the in and out points that you mark as you view the tapes. After you complete this procedere, the computor uses the in and out to points made to control the capture automatically. This function is key to the pro's and is available now ,often for less than fifty dollars.Once you have sufficient story video you can use the editing tools to adjust or correct any problems. The easy answer is to make sure folks faces look good! That will take you along ways around trying to learn confusing and overly complicated manuals! Hope this long comment helps clarify some of the given advice.

    P.S I was a producer and director for World Aviation Video Magazines years ago, before non-linear video was available.You can do more now than a high end studio could do ten years ago. Keep it simple by making sure that people are central and they look as good as they do!.

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