It took me a while to find good import software for my +150 mini-dv’s into my MacPro. LifeFlix is very convenient and easy to use.
It requires some time to import, but works on his own so other than that very satisfied with it!
This program has helped me digitize all my old home videos that have been neglected for years. It is easy to use and we are excited to video of our children when they were young. I highly recommend this product.
It took me a long time to find a reliable way in which to transfer old mini dv videos to my iMac, but LifeFlix is the only software I have tested that has done it. I like the manner in which individual clips are placed into readily-accessible folders that enable me to undertake further processing with other software, as that in LifeFlix itself is rather limited. But clips can be combined and saved easily under LifeFlix should the user prefer.
Am going back through 181 miniDV cassettes. Why??? Because the application randomly stops between clips; which I initially thought meant recordings were finished. I have a huge external drive, so I don't compress imports; therefore, my results are manifested as multiple clips. I was made aware of the problem when I saw the import of a recording, which I knew was longer. I investigated, and realized that many imports; which I assumed were completed, were partial. Of course I blamed a camera playback problem and spent $286 sending it in to Sony's contract repair shop for repair. I received it back, and after resuming my importing from the beginning; realized the problem was still occurring. I sent the camera back to Sony repair claiming the repair wasn't accomplished. They pushed back and said it was retested and there was no problem with camera or battery. So I then assumed the problem was with my computer (iMac Retina 5K, 27-inch with 32 GB of RAM, 4 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7, Mac OS Catalina 10.15.6 ). I tested random imports with no other apps running simultaneously, and the problem was still apparent. So now I know it's the LifeFlix software. What I do now is click the resume tab whenever importing has stopped, to make sure that is the end of the recorded portion. If it starts again, then I know it stopped prematurely. SO WATCH OUT. Go back over your imported tapes before you throw them out(hopefully you haven't rewound them). Put each one in your camera, and play the tape from that stop point. If you see more recordings, THE APPLICATION STOPPED PREMATURELY, AND YOU HAVEN'T CAPTURED ALL YOUR MEMORIES. By the way; in conclusion, I've had good customer support from them since (I believe) 2011 when I bought version 1. After the camera hassle delayed me, I've just decided to live with this GLITCH, since I know what to do; rather then the further hassle of dealing with support.
I inquired about how to export the plist formatted database info into a CSV formatted file so that I could integrate the scene lists with a larger custom DB I designed for my extensive set of source videos (3/4”, Beta, V8...). Their tech lead put together a quick program that did the extraction into a set of delimited fields - perfect for import to my DB. The programmer turned this around in a couple of days. Thanks so much!
This could be a very powerful tool for production studios or anyone with another media database.
With my DVCAM deck it did split up all the clips on capture but I could re-combine them all - a little time consuming though. But it did seem to capture ok and was stable. I did 70 tapes!
LifeFlix Importer & Editor 3.5
Able to import video from camera after months of trying other ways. Never advised about a problem with Canon cameras. Imported many videos only to find no sound. Eventually found work around. Had to redo earlier work. Saving to file is problematic. Please update.
The software does the job for Mac users. I have transferred about 9 hours of video without any errors so far. About half of that was Hi8 analogue tapes I transferred from one video recorder through another digital recorder on to DV tapes. The other half was DV tapes directly. I have then created a file about 1 hour long in LifeFlix and then successfully imported this into iVideo on the Mac for editing and creating an MP4 file. Brilliant! Salvaging all of my old format video has been fabulous.
I have a bunch of mini DV tapes that I wanted to capture. I tried iMovie, which did capture the video, but the audio was out of sync with the video. So then I tried Final Cut Pro, and again, the audio was way out of sync from the video. So I sprung for LifeFlix, and was able to capture every tape with perfectly synced audio and video. Thanks LifeFlix!