I needed to offload video I shot of a festival on Mini DV tapes as part of a paid promotional film. My Mac OS no longer supports connection with these cameras in spite of having all the right cables. I tried the free version of the software and it worked perfectly and with minimal effort, just with a watermark upon export so I bought the paid version. Very happy. Would prefer it to be a one-off payment as opposed to subscription. That is my only non positive feedback.
I can't get it to work on my iMac 12.2 despite what the support has told me and now I cannot find anyone at support to help me
Compared to all the other packages I've tried (iMovie, Premier Elements, Premier Pro) where digitising is painfully slow and complicated to initiate, LifeFlix has a really simple interface and just gets the job done. It's a real gem in this respect and I like the clear instruction to just "compress all downloads".
I had to go back to v. 3.6 because although 4.1.8 has a cleaner interface, the simple Combine button has gone or has been moved or renamed. File management is a bit of a headache in 3.6 and guidance as to what works best (e.g. saving to the computer HD or to an attached external drive) is absent. It is easy enough to switch video file location but the message "All existing tapes and media will be moved to the new location" may not necessarily suit the user who just wants the next few tapes go into folder somewhere else. If there is a reason for this an explanation would help.
Professionals are unlikely to use LF so reasons for why it does what it does need to be simply explained. I agree that file names should contain the name of the tape unless they prove to be too long.
Lastly a simple manual that is quick to read and explains buttons and menu items is essential for grownups. Frequently asked questions are of limited use.
All that said Ill just persevere with LF having just digitised about 40 x 42 minute Mini DV tapes over a just a few days with very little fuss.
Basically allows me to capture my MiniDV tapes. However, it’s not clear why it stops half way: captures scenes get a UUID as file name, so the scenes are scrambled in the file system — why aren’t they just numbered ascending? Speaking of file names: why isn’t the the name of the tape enclosed in the file name? What is the tape name good for? LifeFlix usually detects scenes and end of tape markers but I didn’t manage to capture timecode information.
This SW is, what I found!
excellent service :)
if you try and digitize a clip longer than 6 minutes it bugs out
Cancelled LifeFlix almost the moment I downloaded the app. Did not work for me. I expect a refund.
Sony DCR-TRV530E was not recognised by the old or new LifeFlix software via iMac (late 2015). Not sure if it’s a software, driver, hardware problem?
What I wanted, thanks, bought app after trial.