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Old Feb 23, 2006, 02:27 PM   #1
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VHS > Powerbook - best way?

As the subject says, whats the best/fastest/most easy way for me to rip a VHS tape to my powerbook?

Would it be A/V cables out of the VHS and into my powerbook somehow and use imovie or what?

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Old Feb 23, 2006, 02:50 PM   #2
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You need a Digital-to-Analog (D/A) converter. If you have a DV camcorder with A/V inputs and Firewire output, you probably already have everything you need. Read the user's manual for details on how to use your camcorder as an D/A converter (also sometimes called a bridge).

Alternatively, you need something like this:
http://mail.formac.co.uk/webapp/prod...v_studiodv.php

Here's an Apple support article on the topic:
http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=61745

And the full list of devices supported by iMovie:
http://www.apple.com/macosx/upgrade/camcorders.html
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Old Feb 23, 2006, 03:02 PM   #3
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Yes I used my DV camera to rip my vhs into imovies then on to idvd. It did have problems with commerical vhs, which I just wanted to move to dvd so I no longer need to plug in the vhs into the TV.
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or if you had ever thought about tv on your mac, and thus recording tv to ipod, elgato eyetv will do the trick.
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Old Feb 23, 2006, 11:31 PM   #5
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Yes I used my DV camera to rip my vhs into imovies then on to idvd. It did have problems with commerical vhs, which I just wanted to move to dvd so I no longer need to plug in the vhs into the TV.
Ah Macrovision...

I have a Sony TRV-11 camcorder I have been using for this purpose and am in the process of converting some VHS tapes that were originally Super8 film. Wish I had the original film to skip a generation, but they are gone.

Note that if you don't already have a suitable DV camcorder, and don't want or need one, you can often pick up a broken one on eBay for < $100 where the A/D conversion circuitry is just fine by the lens or the tape transport mechanism is shot. Generally dedicated DV compatible A/D boxes are as costly as a lower end DV camcorder that will also support the same function.

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As the subject says, whats the best/fastest/most easy way for me to rip a VHS tape to my powerbook?

Would it be A/V cables out of the VHS and into my powerbook somehow and use imovie or what?

Thanks
I use EyeTv 200. Works great for VHS
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