New to macs - VHS to DVD??

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by Jdangelo, Mar 22, 2006.

  1. Jdangelo macrumors newbie

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    Hi all!

    I am kinda new to the mac world, but i just bought a new macbook pro.

    I have like 15 home movies on VHS that i would like to transfer to DVD's. Can i do this through my computer? If so, how do i do it? I don't mind if it takes a while, i have time. Thanks all

    Jason
     
  2. jelloshotsrule macrumors G3

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    you would need to get some sort of hardware adapter that will allow you to connect a vcr to the computer... there are several of these.

    the formac studio is one

    you could get an elgato eyetv and connect that way as well as getting tv viewing capability on your machine if that's a bonus at all.

    these things aren't super cheap, and i'd recommend elgato over the formac (i've had both...) there are a few other options. i believe something called the hollywood dv or something... search here, and also search macmall or something like that.
     
  3. danny_w macrumors 601

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    If you have a digital camcorder with a pass-through function (a/d conversion) you can use that to import (pass) video to iMovie in DV format. Be aware, however, that DV files will be quite large (20MB for 1 hour I think). You can use iMovie to edit your movie as desired, and then use iDVD to create a DVD of your video. Of course there are many other solutions, but this is the simplest.
     
  4. hikingnclimbing macrumors member

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    Or just buy a VCR/DVD-R dual deck. It's easier and likely cheaper in the long run. I just bought my Mom a Panasonic one and she loves it.

    I know it's not exactly what you wanted, but I couldn't help but bring it up. :)
     
  5. jelloshotsrule macrumors G3

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    that's a good option too. i never think of that because i never had a camera that had that feature.

    also, dv is around 12-13 GB for an hour.
     

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