Video conversion from analog.

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  1. iShater macrumors 604

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    Greetings folks, I have a friend that got interested in Macs after messing around with his Dell to make a video clip out of a wedding video tape. We are currently looking at what machine might work for him.

    My question is regarding peripherals that do that analog-to-digital conversion for video. He has a VHS camcorder and tons of tapes that he wants to convert and finally make into DVDs.

    I read a review about Dazzle's DV Bridge, but at $299 it is a little steep. Any suggestions for other hardware solutions that might be cheaper yet can work well with iMovie?

    If we can figure this out, we might have a new Mac guy ... which I can use to convince my wife to let me get my own Mac too! :D

    Thanks!
     
  2. ftaok macrumors 601

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    The Dazzle is one of the cheaper options. Other options are the Formac Studio and the Canopus something.

    Another way to go would be to borrow a miniDV camera from someone. miniDV cameras can usually serve as a bridge as well.
     
  3. LethalWolfe macrumors G3

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    ftoak is right, if you can borrow ad miniDV camera that would be the cheapest option. You should be able to find the Dazzle Hollywood DV Bridge for $200-$250 on line. If you pay more than $250 for it yer gettin' screwed.


    Lethal
     
  4. iShater thread starter macrumors 604

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    I have a miniDV camera myself. Would I have to record form the source on to a minDV tape and then play that and capture the output on the Mac? or do the cameras input/output at the same time as a bridge? is option 1 bad for the camera?

    Thanks!
     
  5. LethalWolfe macrumors G3

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    Most DV cameras can be used as a bridge and that won't hurt the camera.


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  6. iShater thread starter macrumors 604

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    Sweet, thank you very much!

    One last question, are iMove and iDVD MP aware?
     
  7. BB1985 macrumors newbie

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    Analogue to DV

    This sounds great I've been waiting for a way to convert some VHS, how do I use my DV camcorder to bridge to imovie.
     
  8. iShater thread starter macrumors 604

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    Re: Analogue to DV

    I am guessing that a DV camcorder would pass the input signal it is getting from your analog source (e.g. VCR) and pass it through the firewire port as a digital signal.

    However, I am not sure if this works with all DV cameras. I don't have my Mac or a firewire-equipped PC so I can't verify.

    Anybody out there who has done this successfully?
     
  9. patrick0brien macrumors 68040

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    -iShater

    If you mean multiprocessor, the answer is damn right!
     
  10. mmmdreg macrumors 65816

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    A bit of a resurrected thread but I do search. I want to shove my VHS onto my mac so all I need is a digiCam with and a VCR?
     
  11. jelloshotsrule macrumors G3

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    not all digicams will work as such. but many/most will... not sure if there's a specific tech spec that would let you know without just trying it.
     
  12. trebblekicked macrumors 6502a

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    analogue i/o is what yr looking for, but beware. i bought a sharp viewcam dv from B&H last year specifically to use as a minidv editing deck and analogue bridge. the specs said anologue i/o, but i found out that the cam won't let you do anologue in and DV out at the same time. that reminds me, i have to start a thread about B&H...
     
  13. patrick0brien macrumors 68040

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    Sony or Panasonic are the best for this. Personally, in the consumner market, I'd say Sony.
     

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