analog to digital

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by lamblia, Aug 9, 2005.

  1. lamblia macrumors newbie

    Aug 9, 2005
    Hello. I would like to digitalize my 8mm video cassette movies. What do I need to buy to do this? Thanks
  2. HiRez macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2004
    Western US
    You probably want a FireWire analog to digital converter. This will give you DV video you can edit or burn DVDs from. A good one is the Canopus ADVC-50. There are other ones in its price range, but none match the Canopus' quality for less than $1,000. This box will cost you about $220. You can also go to various places like photo stores to have the service done for you if you don't want to buy a box, but it's not cheap and the quality can vary a lot. You'll also need a lot of hard drive space for the video if you want to edit it or save it, for DV about 13 GB per hour of video (although you can save it to DVDs if you have DVD burning capability). Finally you want digitizing software, usually iMovie or Final Cut Express/Pro in the case of Macs.
  3. WinterMute Moderator emeritus


    Jan 19, 2003
    London, England
    If you are thinking of upgrading your camera for a digital on, most modern digicams will also act as a A/D converter, it's mostly called "AV-in to DV".

    Plug the analog outputs of your 8mm camera into the AV ins on the digi and go FireWire to your Mac, fire up iMovie or FCP and away you go.

    Saves the cost of a box, will cost a little more, but you get a digital camera as well... :D

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