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Reduce Formac Studio TVR file size via iMovie Apps
A big problem that people have with the Formac Studio TVR hardware is that when it saves the files to your hard drive, it takes at least 10gb of space for a half hour show. Well, being frustrated by working on these large files, I finally figured out that iMovie recognized the Formac as a camera.

Open iMovie and turn your Formac on and switch to camera mode. Then hit the Play button to start getting a feed through your iMovie window. Your Formac controller will pop-up in iMovie, so you can select what channel you wish to record from or use composite or S-Video. Then just simply hit import. I now import a half hour show in just under 4.7GB. When I am done, I clip out what I don't want and then export it to a QuickTime .mov file. The resulting file size would be about 900mb or 1Gb, which enables me to fit more shows onto a DVD.

[robg adds: I don't own a Formac to test this with...]
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Use Vidi as a replacement to Formac's app
Authored by: Dan B on Apr 08, '04 12:11:51PM
Like iMovie, Vidi records plain DV files, not the bloated StudioTVR files.

Vidi is available from http://www.mitzpettel.com/software/vidi.html and it has most of the features of StudioTVR (and also some exclusive features; no "live pause" though).

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Reduce Formac Studio TVR file size via iMovie
Authored by: Stålmannen on Apr 08, '04 06:58:41PM

I thought that iMovie couldn't handle video clips bigger than 2 GB?



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Reduce Formac Studio TVR file size via iMovie
Authored by: bignumbers on Apr 09, '04 08:48:22PM

Formac's software defaults to DV format for files, but you can easily set it to any other codec in preferences. MPEG-4 files are quite a bit smaller. With the settings I use, about 1.5GB per hour. Not DVD quality, but for offline viewing it's fine.



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Reduce Formac Studio TVR file size via iMovie
Authored by: shadowhillway on Apr 11, '04 03:35:36PM

Is there a difference in video quality between iMovie DV and StudioTVR DV files?



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