VCR to Macbook?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by saga, Jan 30, 2007.

  1. saga macrumors regular

    May 19, 2006
    Hey all,
    Can you import video from a VCR to iMovieHD? I know I can do this with a Mini DV tape from a camcorder. I have some older VHS tapes I would love to get onto DVD. And no, I do not have a DVD recorder.
  2. WildPalms macrumors 6502a


    Jan 4, 2006
    Honolulu, HI
    If the VCR (tape? seriously...still using tape??) has a firewire port then you can with no additional software/hardware.
  3. saga thread starter macrumors regular

    May 19, 2006
    Do any VCR's have firewire. I didn't think they did. What additional software/hardware would be needed?
  4. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    The very best way to do this is to connect your VHS player to your Mini DV camera. Most cameras have a video-in. Then connect the DV camera to the Mac with firewire. Most camera will run in "pass through" mode but I think you are better off dubbing the VHS to Mini DV.

    DV tapes are a good way to archive video. They are time coded so if you are using a decent non-linear editor (like Final Cut) you can at any time blow away the media files and recover by reloading the tape and not loose work. Also after converting to DV you can make loss-less copies

    Do not try to use DVD as an input. DVDs use a lossy compression, mpeg-2 where as DV is much better quality

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