Converting VHS to .mov

kay

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Jan 26, 2002
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I have some episodes of a TV show recorded on VHS tapes and I'd like to transfer them to my computer, edit out the commercials, and then export them individually as .mov (QuickTime) files. How can I do this? Is there some FireWire or USB adapter that I can use to connect the VHS video-out to my computer and then use iMovie to import the video etc., or do I need other software?
 

menoinjun

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Jul 7, 2001
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Dazzle makes some nice products. Their software is pretty easy to use, but if you can, use iMovie.

Cheap way: Get a dazzle usb input device (circa $70) from CompUSA or those type of stores and use the software that comes with it.

Best way: Get the Dazzle Hollywood DV Bridge ($299). It goes in through your firewire port, and gives you firewire, s-video, rca video, and rca stereo audio ins AND outs. You can then use iMovie, FCP, or Premeire to do your editing and importing.

-pete
 

kay

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Jan 26, 2002
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Thanks for the reply. If I used the cheaper one, the Dazzle software would recognize the VHS tape and be able to extract the video and audio?
 

arn

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The Dazzle package is hardware ... and yes it would convert RCA video (from the VCR) to Digital Video (DV) - via Firewire.

there is a Sony solution as well...

however... if you have any need for a Digtial Video Camcorder... you could just spend a little more and get one of those... many of them have RCA->DV conversion capability built in.

So, for $300 you could get a converter-only... but for $600 or so, you could get that and a lowend DV Camcorder.

arn