best way to convert old videos to mac?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by Goofy Yno, Oct 11, 2009.

  1. Goofy Yno macrumors member

    Jun 24, 2009
    So, I'm going to do it, I think. I am going to take my old tapes download, edit and burn them to dvds.

    I have 8 mm video tapes (x6) and 25 mini DVs.(But no working cameras- the new one has a flash drive),and a new imac 3.06.

    My initial thought are to Let a professional service convert the 8 mms to something (dvd or a flash-drive?) What format should it be in? anything I need to look for/tell them?

    For the Mini DV I think it will be cheaper to just buy a cheap new camcorder, then down load to the computer. Is firewire the best way to do it? and how many pins do the new Imacs have (All I can find out is it is a firewire 800), I think I read somewhere that it is 9, but would love verification before I buy one. Which brings but the camera part, I suppose it would be fastest if the camera had the same. do they even make cheap Mini DV cameras with 800 fire-wires?

    sorry for these lame basic questions, but thanks for the help.:eek:
  2. Mavimao macrumors 6502a


    Feb 16, 2005
    Lyon, France
    As far as the 8mm tapes are concerned, you need to transfer them from analog to digital. You can play them with an 8mm or Hi8 camcorder and run it through a convertor like this:

    Or you can send them off to some company to do it for you. Whichever you want. Just be sure to check the prices.

    With the MiniDV tapes you just need a camcorder that has Firewire. Firewire 800 is compatible with Firewire400 (which is the kind found on camcorders), you just need to find a cable like this:

    Hope this helps!
  3. spice weasel macrumors 65816

    Jul 25, 2003
    The camera also has to have passthrough capabilities. Most but not all do. But if you buy the Canopus it won't matter, as you can just use that.
  4. Goofy Yno thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 24, 2009
    If I got the Canopus, I'd still need a camera to play it on, right? I'll have to check the prices, but for only 6 tapes, it may be cheaper to have someone do it for me.
    If I let some one do it for me, will it matter if the burn it to a DVD or just put it on a flash drive if I'm just going to down load it so I can edit it myself?

    I will be sure to look for the pass through in the mini DV camcorder.

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