I need help getting video into my mac.

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by DangerDiabolik, Nov 17, 2003.

  1. DangerDiabolik macrumors member

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    OK..

    I have a 17 inch iMac.

    Final Cut Express
    imovie
    idvd
    dvdstudio pro ( though thsi look incredibly complicated to learn )

    my question : I have ALOT of vhs tapes I want to capture and put to DVD. What options do i have to hook a VCR up to my computer ? I can capture in Final Cut, I just dont knwo what to buy to ho connect teh vCR to my comp.

    Im assuming its some sort of firewire dealy

    Any help would be great
     
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  3. krimson macrumors 65816

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    if you have a FW capable camcorder you can do what my friend did, record it to the dv cam, then bring it back into the mac via FW. takes a little more time, and could wear out a tape, but it's a good way of doing it without having to buy a specialized card.
     
  4. DangerDiabolik thread starter macrumors member

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    no camcorder..

    whats a TV card ? Is it as simple as buying one, hooking it up to my VCR and plugging it into a firewire port ?

    details ...me needs details :)

    EDIT:

    This looks simple enough....is there an OS X device like this anywhere ?

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    http://www.devdepot.com/description.html?pcode=HBKVID

    That dosent have OS X capabilities.
     
  5. leet1 macrumors 6502

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    Hope thats USB 2, otherwise its going to be terribly slow.
     
  6. DangerDiabolik thread starter macrumors member

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    i think that pic is wrong...the description says its firewire...reguardless...its not on OS X

    Thats just something that look reasonable...firewire in to comp, and AV hook ups to VCR ..

    keep em coming.
     
  7. manitoubalck macrumors 6502a

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    Don't buy an iMac for video editing (should have told you sooner. sorry:) )
     
  8. markjones05 macrumors 6502a

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    Why? he should be fine for basic video editing. Besides, the question wasnt about editing.
     
  9. LethalWolfe macrumors G3

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    Er, no he doesn't.


    Canopus ADVC-100


    Lethal
     
  10. solvs macrumors 603

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    Ignore the trolls. iMacs don't have PCI slots. They're fine for DV.

    You need either a USB or Firewire-in device. They can be found at various Apple dealers like MacMall, PowerMax, etc. for $200-$400. Most of them also include software to watch TV on your Mac with TiVo-like capabilities. But for just a pure VHS to DV/Firewire, yeah, the Canopus works well. It's about $300.

    But for the price, you could just get a DV camcorder with A/V in. Like krimson said, you could borrow one. Unfortunetly, analog to digital can be expensive. The Dazzle Hollywood DV-Bridge is only about $130-$200, but I've heard it's got a lot of issues. The EyeTV is about $200, but it's USB not Firewire.

    Do a search on this site for more suggestions, this question gets asked a lot.
     
  11. DangerDiabolik thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for the help Solvs, i'll do some checking around on the boards.

    I have many video projects and concerts that i want to archive , plus mauthoring a badass DVD is a skill I NEED to learn
     
  12. snickelfritz macrumors 65816

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    I agree with solvs; get a DV camcorder with analog inputs.
    Decent capture cards/modules will end up costing you almost as much anyway, so you might as well get a camera in the deal.
     
  13. manitoubalck macrumors 6502a

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    $300USD ($420AUD!!!!!!!!) for a TV card. I payed $90AUD ($64USD) for my internal one, and it has a AM/FM radio+remote and recording TV options.

    $50AUD for my 4 port Firewire card.

    I couldn't warrent spending $420 on an extenal card.
     
  14. revenuee macrumors 68020

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    You did this on an iMac?
     
  15. revenuee macrumors 68020

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    for that price you can get a DV cam? where? if you can find one it will be used, old, and crappy?

    i recommend the Formac analog to digital converter or the Canopus that everyone has already mentioned

    the Dazzle Hollywood DV-Bridge? problems - well i've heard of some, but a friend of mine runs his with an iMac G3 700 and it seems to work great.
     
  16. leet1 macrumors 6502

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    I got a samsung scd-80 for $300 its great. Not used, old, or crappy.
     
  17. revenuee macrumors 68020

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    my friend i am speechless... i

    payed 2300 for mine 4 years ago and it's single CCD ... everything i've looked at now is at least 2100 with 3CCD, some are even in the 3500 - 6000 range
     
  18. LethalWolfe macrumors G3

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    Are you just looking at prosumer level cameras? Almost all single chip consumer cameras are less than a grand.


    Lethal
     
  19. revenuee macrumors 68020

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    Generally Ya... i shot/shoot wedding video's freelance

    Thats probably the reason i didn't see anything that inexpensive ... LOL
     
  20. manitoubalck macrumors 6502a

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    err? :rolleyes: no, I currently own a self built PC.
     
  21. revenuee macrumors 68020

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    hee hee, forgot to read the thread didn't you...LOL

    Just messing with you man...

    But the truth is, although there are inexpensive solutions out there, they are internal PCI based, which is useless on an iMac because it has no PCI slots to work with

    Thats why a Firewire solution, is the only "good" solution - i've been reading good things about USB 2.0, but i don't recall him mentioning he has it, or the cheapest solution is USB 1.1 , but he's de-finatly not getting high quality video with those
     
  22. DangerDiabolik thread starter macrumors member

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    man...all i want to do is make a bad ass misfits dvd !

    maybe a DV cam is the way to go....

    cant there be a 100 $ firewire solution ! lol
     
  23. Fender2112 macrumors 6502a

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    The Canopus ADVC 100 is a great litte device. It has Firewire, composite, and S-video inputs and outputs. Not for $100 though. For that price your stuck with one of the above mentioned USB devices.

    Check this thread for more info: http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=45669
     
  24. manitoubalck macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah I know (hangs head in sheme,) Just the iMac is such a limiting machine, your almost forced to keep around since you don't want to throw away the great screen. Yeah Fire wire is the best solution so if you can buy an adapter go for it, but an externalt TV device is a little rich. Or better yet by a DV cam.

    Hypothectically if I was a wizz at writting drivers for PCI devices and found an extended TV PCI card for PC, could I write a driver to get it to work in a tower mac?

    I have heard of people getting PC Graphics cards to work in tower macs?
     

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