Converting VHS to digital video

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by zcamann, Jun 21, 2009.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Aug 3, 2004
    I wanted to convert some old VHS tapes to digital video in imovie. Could I use a generic $5 RCA to usb converter cable from eBay? Or do I need some kind of fancy converter box?
  2. macrumors 603


    Sep 19, 2003
    Canada, eh?
    I would do it by getting (borrowing?) a miniDV camcorder with a Firewire connection. Play the VHS tape in your VCR, hook it up to the inputs on the camcorder. Most miniDV camcorders will automatically transcode the signal to Firewire, which you then import into iMovie. You don't even need to have a tape in the camcorder.
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 3, 2004
    I was using a camcorder, but the VHS tape had a few bad frames that were corrupting my mini DV tapes. So I was thinking I could bypass the camera by using an RCA to usb cable with a usb to firewire adapter. I hadn't considered using the camcorder without the tape - will give it a try tonight. Thanks for the tip.
  4. macrumors 65816

    Jul 25, 2003
    How was it corrupting your miniDV tape? It should just record whatever is playing straight to miniDV. If there is snow, tracking problems, or other issues, it will just record that. Very odd.
  5. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 3, 2004

    When I would import that tape into iMovie, there would be larg pixelated boxes along the right hand side of the tape. When I would record something else on the same miniDV tape, the large boxes would show up over what I was recording. Its like my miniDV tape now puts pixelated boxes over whatever I record.

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