converting vhs to dvd

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by morgansh, Jan 22, 2004.

  1. morgansh macrumors newbie

    Dec 13, 2003
    i want to to convert alot of vhs tapes to dvd. i dont want to get a camcorder so thought i would get a dv converter. anybody know of some good ones that wont cost me an arm and a leg. i found a good one for 150 but of course it was for windows only. any help would be great.
  2. WinterMute Moderator emeritus


    Jan 19, 2003
    London, England
    There have been a number of threads on this topic in the last few weeks, do a search in this section, you'll see the main recommendations are:

    Formac TV


    Dazzle DV bridge.
  3. Pseudonym macrumors regular

    Jan 21, 2004
    Old Blighty
    Of course, I am sure you are not considering ripping your old vhs movies on to DVD;). Most converters don't allow this on copyrighted material - there is some mystical track that they recognise.

    Must admit this bugs me a bit as I feel that I've already bought the film, but there you go.
  4. MacBoyX macrumors 6502


    Jan 3, 2003
    East Coast, USA
    If you have home videos and such and you want to import them, I use the Dazzle Hollywood Bridge. It is Composite inputs on one side and FW on the other it converts from Analog to Digital. I forget how much it cost but when you start iMovie, it just sees your VCR as a DV source.

    It works pretty good.

  5. jeremy.king macrumors 603


    Jul 23, 2002
    Fuquay Varina, NC
    Where have you seen this? Fair use allows you to backup any movie you legally bought as long as it makes no profit.
  6. Pseudonym macrumors regular

    Jan 21, 2004
    Old Blighty
    Fair use or not, many VHS movies have copy protection to stop you ripping to DVD. A lot of converters will not convert tapes with this protection. It's mentioned in this artice (amongst others).

    If you are copying under Fair Use, all I am recommending is that you buy a converter that allows you to do just that. You'd be annoyed if you got it out of the box and it didn't work.
  7. MacPulse Zack macrumors newbie

    Dec 12, 2002
    Jacksonville, FL
    You said you don't want a camcorder, but I picked up a used Sharp MiniDV cam on eBay for $200 that has an analog-to-digital converter built in. I've made several SVCDs and DVDs with it through iMovie.

    One thing I like is I can keep a digital copy of the VHS tape or home movie on MiniDV tape as part of the process rather than on my HD.

    Oh, and my Sharp MiniDV cam doesn't care about copyright movies :)

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