2 Questions VHS + Vinyl into iMac

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  1. xUKHCx Administrator emeritus

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    I have been wondering if there is a way to connect my parents VHS player up to my iMac as my father has been thinking about converting their videos onto DVD for sometime now. As I am home from university over the summer I have a period of free time in which I can do this for him.

    Second question is that he has a lot of Vinyl which he would love to have on CD for his commute to work. Is there any way I can get this onto my iMac. I believe this will be a lot easier and cheaper although just as time consuming as the VHS question.
     
  2. bigiffo macrumors member

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    The easiest way to get vhs to dvd is to get a dvd recorder. Then you just play the tape and press record. Recording to computer is a lot more time consuming. You first need the right video card that is capable of converting vhs audio and visual to your computer and then you will need to convert the file you get to the right sort, say mp4 and then finally onto DVD.
     
  3. bigiffo macrumors member

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    A good dvd recorder, cheap, is the LG DR275 DVD player/recorder. It's around £80.
     
  4. xUKHCx thread starter Administrator emeritus

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    Cheers for the info about the DVDs, might pop down shops later on (with Dad's money off course, even if it is fathers day).
     
  5. gr8tfly macrumors 603

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    Audio is fairly easy. If you already have a turntable hooked up to an amplifier, you can take a line out (usually TAPE OUT) and connect it directly to the line-in on the iMac. You can use Garage Band to record, or something like Amadeus.

    If you don't have an amplifier, which means you only have mic level, you need a pre-amp. Griffin's iMic has mic level input, and comes with Final Vinyl - which might be worth the price of the iMic as it provides RIAA compensation, and pop/hiss filters. Otherwise, you will need a pre-amp with specific phono inputs (with RIAA compensation), or just the pre-amp and apply RIAA later in software.

    For video, it's a bit harder (as there is no video-in standard on Macs at this time). A lot of Mini-DV video cameras have analog video inputs. If they can do straight through to Firewire, then you can hook up your VHS player to the camera and use it to input directly into iMovie or Final Cut. Or, if you want to go straight to DVD w/o editing, you can use iDVD's One-Step DVD feature.

    If you don't go the camera route, then there are several analog video to Firewire converters available. They will also input video directly into the previously mentioned apps.

    Have fun. Reminds me I have to get my LP's out of storage and put a new belt on the turntable.

    Edit: by the time I hit "save" a couple of posts had already brought up an even simpler method for video, at least, of using a consumer DVD recorder. I guess my first inclination was you wanted to do some editing in iMovie or FC. Although, you could input a DVD of your source back to DV, but you will lose some quality since this would add one iteration of compression (DV to MPEG2 to DV), whereas the camera or other firewire converter goes direct to DV.
     
  6. xUKHCx thread starter Administrator emeritus

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    Thanks for the info he does have a camcorder which I know I can connect via firewire to the iMac so this may be worth a try before going down the DVD/video combo route.

    Will have a look around the back of his amp to try and find the appropriate port. if not the iMic (this is what you were referring to right) looks like it will do the job nicely and at a very cheap price.

    This looks promising, thank you for your help.
     

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