I wanna use my Video Camcorder to take still captures

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  1. mikepctp macrumors member

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    I have an old Mac (7500 G3) and an old video camera. I have A/V capabilities on this old girl but truly lack the knowledge of how to simply take a pic with the video and have it save on the Mac.

    I REALLY appreciate any of you gurus out there that can bring me up to speed on this.

    Thanks, and I will wait for the expected laughs and cries of shame on me...

    :) MP
     
  2. manitoubalck macrumors 6502a

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    If you can import the video, and watch it, you chould be able to 'save frame as' and hence capture a still image off the video. is that what you wish to know?
     
  3. mikepctp thread starter macrumors member

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    As your honorable Premier quoted... hehehe

    I have yet to "import" and watch the video... I only actually wish to use the video as a camera and use some sort of software (as yet unknown to me) to capture an image just like a digital camera would... only using the computer.

    Do I make sense to you (because now I am not sure I make sense to me)?

    Thanks and I love your country...

    MP
     
  4. snickelfritz macrumors 65816

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    I used to do this on my 7600 using the apple video player.
    I think saving frames as pix was as simple as dragging them to the desktop.

    Quicktime pro can also export a frame as a picture file.(or whatever you want)
     
  5. manitoubalck macrumors 6502a

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    Sorry I got the impression that you were able to watch the video on the computer. Follow the advice snickelfritz gave you.
     
  6. Cooknn macrumors 68020

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    While we're talking video camera's what is the most bang for the buck in the Apple Store? I would like something that can gen' good high res pictures from a frame as well. Thanks in advance.
     
  7. snickelfritz macrumors 65816

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    My sony TRV38($899) accepts memory sticks and takes decent 1Mpixel still shots.
    It's not a replacement for a good digital camera, but it's quick and easy to get a combination of matching HQ stills and DV for the same project.
    ie: the photo feature is best used for compositing with DV, rather than for print output IMO.

    The nice thing about this camcorder is the Zeiss lens and excellent DSP are much better than you'll find in most low-mid priced digital cameras, and it also has manual focus and nightshot capacities.
    The controls are located on the LCD touchscreen, rather than as a bank of separate little buttons on the body of the camera.
    Also, the inputs and outputs are all nicely grouped together under a single panel.

    Works perfectly with all iLife apps, and Final Cut in Panther. I've also successfully ripped analog video into the mac with it.

    Overall, my only real complaint is that the camera must be removed from the tripod to change the tape.
    Otherwise, it's an excellent piece of engineering and a good value.
     
  8. manitoubalck macrumors 6502a

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    Don't buy 3rd party hardware or software form the apple store since you pay through the nose. Just some friendly advice
     
  9. Counterfit macrumors G3

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    Well, that depends, I bought my Logitech speakers at the online Apple store for $10 less than I saw them anywhere else.
     

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