It worked :)
As forewarned, it doesn’t capture the audio on my Canon camcorder, but it is worth the money since it captures the video very well. I capture the audio separately by running an Audio/PC capture lead from the camcorder’s headphone socket to a USB socket on the Mac using Audacity and exporting to WAV. Then the challenge is to synchronise audio and video after importing the WAV and MOV files into iMovie. I share the iMovie content to a MP4 file.
I needed to convert some Sony DVCAM video tapes to digital format, and I was led to LifeFlix by a link in the Adobe Premiere help documentation. I was unsuccessful using Premiere to do this (because there is no longer support for these machines in QuickTime).
I downloaded the free version, hooked up my Sony deck, and was immediately successful in transferring my work to the computer.
I licensed the full version and had the conversions made within hours.
This is exactly what I needed to complete my project, and I am grateful to LifeFlix for making the process so successful.
I have read your review and I think it is not entirely correct. It is true that if one has "stopped & started recording numerous times as I did, LifeFlix creates new“ scenes ”meaning it will not be one continuous file / clip but numerous clips." But you don't need to use Final Cut Pro or IMovie. Lifeflix already has the right tool to solve the problem both in the first import phase and also later. Just highlight all imported scenes and then hit the "combine" button. One will get one file only in one scene. What is certain is that if during the recording with the camera you used the "fade in & fade out" these parts will continue to exist. One can also do one more thing. You can keep the original import and then create "one new tape" then with the "Import Movies Files ...." button select all the scenes of the original import from the LifeFlix folder. Once imported, select them all again and press the "combine" button and we will have a single scene. Once this is done we can then also transform this single scene in HD, if the originals had not already been transformed. Advantage of all this? The advantage is that we will have the original import with all the scenes and that will allow us to do all the subsequent edits that one wants and, at the same time, have another "tape" with a single scene that will flow smoothly and without interruptions. That's what I'm doing. Only warning: when one has imported all the scenes (if they are really many) he must not transform them in HD before having transformed them into a single scene with "combine" because in doing so the program stopped me and canceled the import.
LifeFlix DV Importer is straight forward. It recognized my camera no problem. Converting footage to HD does make your footage look better, but keep in mind, the resolution of footage shot years ago is less than what it is now, that being said, for the most part you will be happy with the result. One big note. On your Hi 8, Digital 8 footage if you stopped & started recording numerous times as I did, LifeFlix creates new “scenes” meaning it will not be one continuous file/clip but numerous clips. To attach all your clips together you will need Final Cut Pro or iMovie for Mac. Overall I am happy with how my footage looks, I just have tons of individual “clips” for each hour long tape I downloaded.
It basically does one thing and it does it very well. The option to save as many or /and one large file is very nice.
I use it to transfer old mini Dv tapes and it works very well.
Have not used it yet
This app fulfilled all expectations after a number of compatibility with Apple IOS Moterey problems were solved.
I have now imported 20 digital DV tapes onto my iMac.
Now that it works, LifeFlix has been a great asset to me in the quick and efficient conversion of miniDV tapes. It WAS initially a hassle getting it to work with a Mac laptop because of issues related to subtle problems with the adapters on the Firewire 800 connection cable. And then there was an incompatibility with a couple version of the Mac OS. BUT, once those were worked out, the software simply works brilliantly in turning video on miniDV tape cassettes into .mp4 files.
I wish they add more setting to customize frame rates, format, resolution, video bitrate … etc
I couldn't get LifeFlix to recognize my Canon Vixia HV30 camera on a MacBook Pro running Monterey OS. Today (08.31.2022) I downloaded the new free version of LifeFlix and it worked perfectly. Thanks for the fix.
I am very happy with this app. It makes importing miniDV files a breeze. The interface is also intuitive, the tools easy to utilize. Easily the best $100 I've ever spent on a video app.
The interface isn’t too bad and it recognized my camera right away. I compared footage imported into LifeFlix that I converted to HD against footage imported into Final Cut and the converted footage from Standard to HD does look a bit better. So it does make standard footage look a bit better in HD. Remember, video shot back in the day was only 640 by 480, LifeFlix will only do so much. Still, I am happy with the results.
To clarify I have subscribed to the full LifeFlix suite not the free. I have used LifeFlix to copy MiniDV tapes. It’s terrific. However In one of your messages you identified an issue with Canon. I have followed your instructions and started to Play the DV tape then record via LifeFlix. Sometimes the audio is recorded sometimes not. It’s quite frustrating to have to wait for a full recording to find the audio don’t record. Can you advise why to do? Regards Gerard
I was able to finally synchronize a person singing with their mouth movements. This did not work on another system I tried. Thank you LifeFlix!
캠코더에 영상들 다 mp4화 하려고 많이 알아보다 이프로그램이 유일무이하다고 생각이듭니다.
After my switch from Windows to Mac, I had to look for a new video editing program.
DaVinci Resolve was the best choice for me. But, unlike with Pinnacle (Windows), I couldn't upload a Mini DV anymore by the program itself. I couldn't find a program that transfers my tapes well until I found LifeFlix. What a fantastic tool. I can archive my old movies, and also get them divided into the correct timeframes.
A rescue for a lot of personal history.
LifeFlix was very helpful in asisting me to download my digital video tapes to my computer. I managed to download over 80 hours of tape with very few issues once I learned how to use the app. Not sure what the Editor 3.5 is but my main focus was securing all of our precious memories which was successful.
LifeFlix Importer & Editor 3.5
LifeFlix saved my life! I've been trying to figure out a way to extract my mini DV's into an older iBook. LifeFlix was compatible with my system and it was off to the races! 30 mini DV'S later finally digitized!! Thank You!
It’s a delight to use. I upgraded to the full paid software within 10 mins of using the free trial. Clearly understandable and Intuitive controls meant that I was digitising and editing my old DV tapes with ease. I’m a very happy camper!
I have an older Sony Handycam and wanted to copy the video onto my Mac. This app does this easily and very well. Once I got everything hooked up the app found my Handycam and even controlled it when I selected record. The fact that it would automatically break up the video into separate files when the scene changed (in-camera cut) was genius.
Note that I am using this version on an older Mac running El Capitan, as Monterey has a bug that prevents LifeFlix from seeing the camera.
What a surprise when I've finally found this software for importing old memories to e new life!
Very easy to use and the right tools to perform your tasks.
I've imported 30 old VHS cassettes ( registered from 1988 to 1997 ) and quite 100 MIniDV ( SD standard and HD High Definition ) ( from 1997 to 2019 ), and I'm still excited to have saved all these to an hard disk that will preserve, for more years to come, what went trough part of my life.
I had some problems on the first use but the " help " give me a big hand.
Right now, after 3.5.3 update, the software is much more reliable.
So I don't think you will be able to find out a better and easy tool for importing old tapes.
What can I add? -
" Applausi " and " Bravo " !!!!!!