Importing, Exporting, and Compression Options | LifeFlix


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Importing, Exporting, and Compression Options

LifeFlix is designed to easily import your MiniDV tapes from your camera to your computer. There are a couple of choices you can make when importing and when it comes time to store or export the files. The default options are what we consider the best for those who may not understand the technical aspects of formats and compression.

Three choices to make during your import:

Three choices to make after your import:

Import Options

LifeFlix supports NTSC and PAL formats. In the Import window that appears during your import, you can choose from two checkboxes.

Rewind Tape Before Import. Leave this checked if you're importing a new tape to ensure that the tape is rewound before Import. If you want to import a section from the middle of the tape or want to re-import some video, then uncheck this box before import.

Compress Video On Import.  We recommend leaving this box checked because the quality is great. It also creates a smaller file and uses MP4 compression, which is modern and has high quality. If you uncheck the box, it will Import without adding additional compression and will leave the video in its original DV compression.

      More on Compression.... 

      Want more information?  Learn more here: MP4 compression and DV compression.

      Export or Saving Options

      The imported video files can either be saved your computer (our default) or on an external drive, either as separate individual video clips/files or combined into a single video clip/file.

        1. Connect your camera and click the blue Import button. The Import Options window will appear. Name your tape and optionally give it a description. 
        2. Click Import and come back to it in about an hour. For each tape Import you'll see multiple scenes.
        3. To combine all scenes or create a single file, click on a Tape, then click the Create Single File button, just above the Scenes. This process can take several minutes depending on the amount of video scenes. This process will combine all Scenes inside of LifeFlix and leaves a single file on your computer (or hard drive).  Note: this overwrites the existing files. You can Undo this process by selecting Undo under the Edit menu.

      You may also select any combination of individual scenes and use the Combine button to merge them together as one file.