Optical to USB or Firewire adapter

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by smather, Jan 2, 2007.

  1. smather macrumors newbie

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    Hi experts - I want to get a digital video signal out of a digital video recorder into my Mac (G4 powerbook). The output from the recorder is digital optical but I dont have an optical video input on my Mac - I only have USB and firewire. I have searched high and low and found lots of analog to digital converting advice in this excellent forum but can't find an adaptor/cable/device that will convert the optical output from the recorder to USB or Firewire input on the Mac. Does it exist?

    Thanks
     
  2. AviationFan macrumors 6502a

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    To my knowledge, there is no standard optical video connection. The only optical connection in wide use is the digital audio connection used as TOSLINK.

    Can you be a bit more specific about what recorder you have, what its video output looks like and what exactly it is called, then maybe we'll be able to help?

    - Martin
     
  3. smather thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hi Martin - its a Sharp TU-R160H DVR but actually I just re-read the instruction manual and its a digital audio output (called SPDIF) - not video. But it also has a video output port that it calls CVBS that looks like the video-S output port on my Mac? Anyway I can connect that up to my PB?

    Thanks
    Steve
     

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