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5 ways to convert VHS to digital

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Noah Apodaca1 has the answer for this one.  Thanks for sharing!

My rig has 5 video input options, and they all have their own quirks and specialties:

ADS Pyro firewire DV bridge: this is an older unit that I don’t think is produced any more. You might be able to find one on eBay if you’re lucky. It’s a real swiss army knife of consumer inputs – lots of inputs to it, and it plays nicely with iMovie as well as Final Cut.

ADS Instant DVD for Mac: another older unit, this one has an onboard MPEG-1/2 converter, which makes it particularly appealing if I’m capturing video with no intent of editing, and I just want to author straight to DVD, or if I’m needing to output MPEG-1 to try to appease the dinosaur Windows user crowd (as MPEG-1 seems to be the only baseline of video compatibility over in their camp).

Pinnacle Video Capture For Mac: This is another hardware encoder, but encodes MPEG-4. This is great if I’m trying to capture a video that I’m not going to need to do much editing to (the supplied tools work fairly well for trimming, but not much else), and which I’m going to deliver straight to HTML 5, or straight for iPod viewing.

elgato EyeTV Hybrid: Using the dongle that others have mentioned, this can capture analog video as well, and the onboard editing tools in the EyeTV software are a little more robust in terms of making basic cuts and butt-edits. However, the timeline is not precise so when editing out commercials or glitches or whatnot, there’s usually a little bit more (or less) than what I want. I can edit in iMovie if I export, but I’d rather not take the extra lossy trip if I don’t have to.

my old, trusty Canon DV camera: this has a firewire output as well as analog inputs and can serve as a bridge directly into iMovie and Final Cut. Worst case scenario here, I record the analog source to DV, and then run DV to the Mac. Though this is the least elegant part of my rig, it pretty much always works and pretty much always works right.

If you can swing the financials, then definitely go with the ADVC-300, as previously mentioned. However, you can apply bargain solutions, but realize that they’re usually pretty inflexible, so know what they do before you implement them. If you’re good with getting what the bargain item will give, then you’ll be happy.

via Apple – Support – Discussions – convert VHS to digital? ….

8mm vhs to minidv canon pass through mode to apple mac! Cant believe this actually worked. Capturing some classic footage!

8mm vhs to minidv canon pass through mode to apple mac! Cant believe this actually worked. Capturing some classic footage!.  Exciting isn’t it when things like this work.

Problems importing DV video into iMovie?

It could be two things.

1.  From Little Dog WHICH MACBOOK??? I hope you don’t have a MacBook (made between October, 2008 and June, 2009) or MacBook Air – they have no firewire port and no way to add one. You alternative is to use a computer that has a firewire port.

MiniDV tape based camcorders require you to use firewire to import the video to a computer.

USB will not work – in your case, iMovie will not recognize there is DV-format video coming in over USB. Even if you somehow magically are able to get USB streaming to work, that video will be low-quality compressed video. High quality DV-format video needs to come over using firewire. USB is typically used only for transferring stills off the memory card (you discovered this).

Firewire, DV, i.LINK and IEEE1394 are all the same thing.

A USB-to-firewire cable/hub/adapter/converter won’t work either.

The camcorder should be powered off before connecting or disconnecting the firewire cable from the DV port. If powered-on, you run the risk of shorting the pins in the connector and blowing the firewire port.

The camcorder needs to be in Play mode – this is on the power switch.

Many Panasonics required the camcorder to be plugged into the AC power adapter when transferring video.

When the camcorder is connected to AC and firewire connected to the computer, launch iMovie. The first window that appears lets you name the video project file, selct the hard drive destination and the video format (needs to be at DV or DV widescreen – which ever is on that tape). Create. The blue “Camcorder connected” screen should appear. At the bottom of that window, use the rewind button to rewind the tape in the camcorder if necessary. When you are ready, click Import. This is a real-time activity. Ten minutes of video = ten minutes import time.
SAVE when the import is done.

Also – If you have a MacBook WITH a firewire port, that port needs to be ON (MacBooks made before October 2008 have a firewire port). To check: System Preferences: Network: Show – Network Port Configurations: be sure there is a check mark in “Built In Firewire”. If not, check  the box – and Apply Now. Quit the System Preferences…

2.  From Matt  – How to import, ,edit and export videos in iMovie