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Great hint.
Authored by: PsiPhi on Oct 12, '04 05:00:48PM
This type of hint is exactly why I visit this site every day. I'd had similar thoughts about doing this but never had the motivation to do the (admittedly niggling amount of) research to do it from scratch, but this hint has given me a jumping off point and a kick in the pants to get going. Thanks to jecwobble and Rob both.

Anyway, I had a thought on how to extend this - IF you have the software - namely FCP (as I do):

You could set the capture settings to something with a smaller bitrate than the uncompressed DV that iMovie uses (and, of course, FCP can do) - say, Sorenson 3 or, oh... MPEG-4 with AAC audio. ;) This would obviously GREATLY save disk space as FCP will capture compressed footage on the fly.

One caveat:

I'm not sure if FCP is "UI-Scriptable" but I suspect it probably is (heck, it may even be "Vanilla AppleScriptable" - now that I think of it. Never bothered to look). I'll be looking into this. If not, a simple post-processing script could help out...

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Alas, FCP is not scriptable, AFAIK
Authored by: socoast on Oct 13, '04 06:39:57PM

The previous hints for scripting iMovie and also setting an iCal alarm to start and stop are great!
I've got an unused G4/733 with SuperDrive and lots of empty HD space, a Sony Media converter box, and DISHTV with dual tuners.
I think I see a media center in my future!
I don't mind editing the iMovie video and exporting to a smaller file size.

How about using BTV Pro as the capture app?



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