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Copied Vhs Movies To My Mac But Now They Are To Big Make Dvds

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I found some old VHS tapes from 25+ years ago that I thought were lost foever and now I want to save them and share them with my family. So I purchased the Easy VHS to DVD for MAC and found and old JVC player and copied them onto my iMAC HD, and they were all saved into a movie folder as .mpg and all went well until I tried to make the DVDs. My first try was with iMovie, version 9.0.1, when I tried to import the first .mpg file into the event library I clicked on it the window said no video clips match the current selection. I tried this with two other videos and had the same results, So I decided to try burning these using my Toast 11 Titanium, ver. 11.1, and when I drag the file over and click on the edit button I get a message "There is nothing to record. Please add some data, then try this again", which is odd because I can see the clip in the box.

 

I am lost and do not know what to do can anyone help

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I'm confused. You say you bought the Easy VHS to DVD for Mac recently but you say it saved the videos as .mpg. That means the app used to do the capture is "Easy VHS to DVD Capture" and not "Roxio Video Capture" which is what's included the past couple years with this product. I guess you got an old copy.

 

The "Easy VHS to DVD Capture" records in mpeg 2 format which cannot be read by iMovie. At the end of the capture you are given a choice by the application to send to iMovie or send to Toast. If you send to iMovie the video is re-encoded to an mpeg-4 format and imported to iMovie (this takes a long time). If sent to Toast it should appear in the Toast Video window with DVD video selected as the format. I think there is a third option to save the video to the computer and that must be the one you chose.

 

(The "Roxio Video Capture" application captures in a format that can be imported to iMovie without re-encoding).

 

What settings were you using in Toast 11.1 when you dragged in the .mpg video? What appears in the window after you add the video?

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Hi tsantee, you are right the what I got was an old copy as I bought back in 2010, but I was under the assumption that the analog to digital conversion would be the same process. You were also correct in saying that at the end of converting the first video I was given 3 choices and one was to export to iMovie which is what I did but I still got the same response as I did when I selected the video from the filres. As for saving to the computer all I did was to click the finish button and there was a progress bar that came up and when it was complete the finished movie was in the movie folder with the title and .mpg

 

So I am guessing that I need to convert these movie files into another format so I can import them into either iMovie or Toast so that I can segment them and burn DVDs buy subject is that correct?

 

Don

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Toast should be able to read the .mpg file and export the movie to h.264 for iMovie. But since that isn't working I'm suspicious that there is something wrong with the captured file. If so, it is hopeless to work with that file. I'll send you a private message with more info.

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