Ripping Old Family Movies to iMac

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by this is funah, Oct 16, 2005.

  1. this is funah macrumors 6502

    this is funah

    Joined:
    Oct 13, 2005
    Location:
    Berlin, Germany
    #1
    i have absolutely no background in this area of transferring videos to computers. i have a stack of older family movies on those little camcorder tapes and i really would like to convert them to DVD for safer backup just incase anything happens to the original tapes. is there anyway i can transfer these movies to my computer without having miniDV?

    thanksz
     
  2. balamw Moderator

    balamw

    Staff Member

    Joined:
    Aug 16, 2005
    Location:
    New England
    #2
    Does your camcorder have a firewire port? If so, you're (probably) all set. Even Digital 8 cameras will generally use DV compression and have a firewire/iLink port which will be compatible with iMovie or iDVD.

    If not, and your camera only has analog video out, you will need to use a converter that will either give you firewire out, or a different kind of video capture box that will take the video to MPEG-2 and provide either a USB or firewire data output.

    Have a look at the list of supported devices and see what you'll need.

    http://www.apple.com/macosx/upgrade/camcorders.html

    B
     
  3. this is funah thread starter macrumors 6502

    this is funah

    Joined:
    Oct 13, 2005
    Location:
    Berlin, Germany
    #3

    thank you so much.

    my camcorder is analog out only. so i'll be getting a converter with firewire.

    thanks again!!! :D
     

Share This Page