S-Video to Scart (with color!)

Having the computer hooked up to the TV has always been a hurdle for me. Sometimes you get black and white, sometimes a lot of disturbance and other times nothing at all. I have been escaping the problem for several years in hope for it to be sorted out once I need it. Well it hadn’t…

I bought a new S-Video to SCART cable today and attached it to my (old) TV. The image came (of course) up in black and white. Luckily there are an easy fix for it! Just attach a tiny conductor to short circuit some connectors and you are fine. If you like to do it the hard way there are the solder-your-connector solution as well. There are even instructions for S-Video in!

Happy hacking!

Setting PAL as default video format in iMovie HD 06

This week I got my hands on a PowerMac dual G4 Mirror Drive Door that I will use as a video editing station with iMovie.

When I started iMovie I noticed that it had set the default DV format to be DV-NTSC (probably since I use English as my language). iMovie adjusts the format based on the camera hooked in to the system but as I created the project before I hooked my camera to the computer it used NTSC and I was screwed. I did not find any setting in iMovie to change the default format. I did a search in the manual. I searched Google but could not find anything. So I decided to apply some brute force the application folder. In a couple of minutes I found the setting string defaultVideoFormat that said DV-NTSC. Changed it to DV-PAL and I was good to go.

The file you need to change is located in:
/Applications/iMovieHD.app/Contents/Resources/
English.lproj/Localizable.strings

(If you are using some other language than English look in that folder instead)