Getting Video Into My Mac

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by MrAndersen, Apr 18, 2006.

  1. MrAndersen macrumors newbie

    Mar 6, 2006
    Hey there, I'm looking to transfer some older home videos into my mac dual 2.3 G5 and then burn them to DVD but I'm not sure the best way to do this. The camcorder does not have firewire.

    I'm thinking the best way to do this would be to play the home movies on my VCR and then send that into my mac via an ADC (Analog/Digital Converter). Anyone have any ideas on how good this will work or if there may be any better ways to achieve this desired result. Also can I just find an ADC at like a circuit city or someplace like that?

    Thanks all!
  2. mjstew33 macrumors 601


    May 29, 2005
    MrAndersen? o_O (there's a well known mod here named Mr. Anderson)

    You would probably just have to call your Circuit City, no way to tell you if they carry it in that store. ;)
  3. gauchogolfer macrumors 603


    Jan 28, 2005
    American Riviera
    Many newer digital camcorders have a 'digital passthrough' feature, which does the A-D conversion for you, in effect. So, you would plug the appropriate cable from your VCR into the camera, then firewire to the Mac. You should be able to then capture video using your program of choice.

    Edit: sorry, I skipped over the part in the original post where you mentioned not having firewire. In that case, a separate A-D converter will likely be necessary. As to which one....
  4. mintlivedotcom macrumors regular

    Apr 21, 2004
    I have been using this for the past year with no problems:

    It's easy and fits nicely on top of my G5. I have imported audio-only and audio/video to iMovie and then burned to DVD with iDVD quite a few projects.
  5. MrAndersen thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 6, 2006
    Damn that costs more then I expected.
  6. ~Kat~ macrumors member


    Apr 20, 2006
    I'm also contemplating buying it but it's very expensive. I want to transfer some VHS tapes to my iMac, edit them and then burn onto DVD for teaching a class.
  7. Texas04 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 2, 2005
    If i were yall, I would upgrade your cameras to a MiniDv camera with passthrough feature. Many Canons have this. Instead of buying a piece of hardware soley for that...
    Thats what I have done and it works beautifully.

    A camera maybe a ZR300 or so from Canon is around $300. US
    Makes for a good gift to yourself and a converter :).

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