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How do I transfer video from miniDV tapes to DVDs with a Mac G5 computer?

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Do you have Final Cut Pro? If not which editing system do you have. Imovie may do the trick. You need to import the video onto the computer and then process it and export it to DVD via a program that has that capability such as Final Cut Pro or Final Cut Express (I believe that will do it, too).

Hope this helps!

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