Is there a simple way of copying video files (taken with the camera, so they are .mov) from iPhone 5 right to desktop using the USB cable? I thought of adding them to Goodreader, but Goodreader compresses the files before adding them. Dropbox would maybe kind of work but I guess it uploads to the internet dropbox first which is an unnecessary and slow roundtrip, especially since WIFI on iPhone 5 is (still) broken.
Image Capture works with movies as well, so no need for iPhoto BUT this only works with videos that YOU shot on the device. If someone sends you a video and you save it to your albums, then Image Capture ignores it.
This isn't exactly a "simple" approach at first glance but really can be quite streamlined and reasonably easy. Honestly, there aren't (m)any good ways to sync videos between iOS and OSX - unlike images.
I personally use iPhoto for situations like you describe:
- Install iPhoto (if you don't have it already), and open it.
- Attach your iPhone to your computer using your USB cord.
- When prompted, import "Photos" (videos will import as well)
- Select the video you would like to have on your desktop (a yellow border will appear)
- Still in iPhoto, click "File" > "Reveal in Finder" > "Original".
- Copy the selected file that appears in Finder to your desktop, or any desired location.
If you don't want to run iPhoto just for that, and you're happy looking at the files at a slightly lower level, then iFunBox is useful. It shows the Photo Album of the device as a digital camera (DCIM) directory so you can see all the files, then copy to/from your Mac.
There's a Windows version too, which has proved useful in the past.
I have Iphone5 and MacBook Pro. I easily transferred 12GB of videos to Mac. I used Iphoto only as a file transferring app. I didn't open any file in Iphoto. Here's what I did: Have a clear desktop on screen. Open finder and put to left hand side of screen so that it is visible when you open Iphoto. In finder create a new file for your videos. Open Iphoto. On left side of Iphoto click Photos. Plug iphone into usb. Images auto load into New Photos. Select video, photo or all. Click Import Selected. Wait. Delete off phone? Yes because videos use lots of storage. Select video, photo or multiples and drag to the finder file. Wait. Delete vids and phots from Iphoto. Open video and enjoy!
The new slickier Photos app from Apple is the way to go now. :)
Just connect your iPhone and click the Import tab.
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