VideoPier lets you visualize the clips on your camera that Quicktime would otherwise refuse to open. VideoPier lets you copy them to disk, and export them to any format for viewing (iPod, AppleTV, iPhone) or editing (iMovie 06/08).
VideoPier will let you copy files from your camcorder to disk without any conversion. Your files will appear in date-based events for easy retrieval.
VideoPier is built on top of the ffmpeg open-source component. This component provides very high quality video processing and support for a wide variety of formats.
VideoPier comes in two versions: a Standard version and a HD version (VideoPier HD).
While VideoPier is mainly targeted at users that have a standard definition camcorder (recording on SD cards, DVD, HardDrive), VideoPier HD adds the ability to capture from tape based HDV camcorders. VideoPier HD works with Final Cut and lets you export your HD clips in a format that is ready for editing.
VideoPier is not a replacement for iMovie 06/08. Instead it offers the following benefits to iMovie users:
VideoPier handles raw HDV material on your disk. Even if you don't possess the Apple HDV Codec that comes with Final Cut Pro, VideoPier lets you visualize and convert these files.
In addition, VideoPier HD supports footage from tape based HDV camcorders, complete with : scene detection, capture date extraction and custom file naming options.
VideoPier handles AVCHD material on your disk or from your AVCHD camcorder without requiring any conversion. VideoPier will then let you export those AVCHD files that you need for your project in any format that you like. With VideoPier, you can work with AVCHD files even on Macs where iMovie08 is not supported.
VideoPier has been tested with videos coming from the following camcorders:
This list is far from complete and we keep adding more as we get reports from our customers.
(*) if your camcorder does not appear to be supported, please go to http://helpdesk.aquafadas.com/
(**) direct capture from HDV camcorders via Firewire is only supported in VideoPier HD.
There are many ways that VideoPier can simplify your existing workflow or even resolve blocked situations.
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