Like most new iPhone 3GS owners, I ‘ve been occasionally playing with the video recording feature. Although I have a couple YouTube accounts, up to now I ‘ve never used them much (I imagine that may change as I get the hang of video taking a bit more with the 3GS) “ and for now I much prefer getting videos over to my Mac and sharing from there if I decide I want to. This also lets you view your videos at full quality, rather than compressed / monkeyed with for YouTube.
So I was very happy to spot a superb tip for importing videos quickly from the iPhone 3GS to a Mac over at iPhone Alley recently “ and thought I ‘d share it here.
How To Quickly Import iPhone 3GS videos onto a Mac:
Connect your iPhone to your Mac with its USB (sync) cable
Launch the Image Capture app on your Mac
The Image Capture app should almost instantly see the iPhone attached, and offer up a dialog like the one in the screencap below. From there you can choose where to download videos or pictures to, whether to download all or make individual selections, and review and modify several other options (e.g whether or not to delete the originals on the iPhone once the import is done).
Once you ‘ve made you choices and clicked to download, it shows you a status bar and quickly transfers your videos over to the Mac. Or you can just click to select a video and drag it straight into your desired target folder for it. I have tested so far with only 30 “ 60 second videos, but these zoomed across to the Mac quite nicely.
That ‘s it “ your video files will be available as .mov files wherever you chose to save them too.
** Please note you can also import 3GS videos via the iPhoto app, if you are a fan of watching paint dry that is. I loathe iPhoto “ it strikes me as one of the slowest and least responsive and generally overrated and crappy applications of any kind that I ‘ve used on any platform “ so my preference is to almost never use it.
There may also be an app that does wireless transfer of files back and forth from iPhone to Mac or Windows machines that will work for this purpose, but I haven ‘t spotted one yet.