Digital/Analog video capture/converter?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by BrittQ, Mar 3, 2008.

  1. BrittQ macrumors regular

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    I'm going to convert my Parents home videos into DVDs.
    They have videos on VHS, Mini DV, and VHS-C... I think...

    I will be using a Macbook Pro.

    Is there a video capturing/converting device that has Firewire 800? Or is the way it's transfered not the bottleneck?

    Can someone please give me a suggestion to what to buy? I am new to the whole video scene..:eek:

    Thanks!
     
  2. Flynnstone macrumors 65816

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    For miniDV, do you have a camcorder?

    For analog, VHS or Hi8, I use my miniDV camcorder. A Sony TRV33. I use it in a passthrough mode.
    Others recommend something like a Canopus AV300. I haven't used it.
    Firewire 400 is fast enough.
     
  3. highjumppudding macrumors 6502

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    Get either of these...

    Get a Pyro Box that connects through FireWire. I would recommend though getting a new Digital Video Camera that supports Analog to Digital Conversion. Almost any Mini DV Camcorder over $300 or $350 will have it. And the upside too about that option is that all the footage you shoot from this day on will be digital.

    Enjoy.
     
  4. jeremyschultz macrumors member

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    I am about ready to do the exact same thing: transfer video from VHS tapes to my computer. I am planning on purchasing a HD camcorder anyway, possibly the Canon VIXIA HV20, but it will need to hook up to my VCR with only composite video/audio cables. Can a camcorder connect with just audio/video cables? If not I have no problem buying a video converter, I just need to know which ones will work with Mac.

    Thanks,

    Jeremy
     
  5. Flynnstone macrumors 65816

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    Send a PM to Keebler. I think he is selling a Canopus AV300.
     
  6. BrittQ thread starter macrumors regular

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    So my dad no longer has his mini dv camcorder.

    Is there anyway to get all these media types to my computer with a single device besides with a camcorder? Or would a camcorder be the cheapest/easiest way? I'm looking for the smallest investment required.

    :confused:
     
  7. killmoms macrumors 68040

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    Camcorder would probably be the easiest, since you need some sort of transport for those miniDV tapes anyway, and using passthrough mode would allow you to run the VHS/VHS-C tapes in via Firewire as well.
     
  8. BrittQ thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thank you.

    Any recommendation for a cheap camcorder with passthrough mode?

    And do all camcorders connect with firewire 400? I'd like to use 800 if possible, if it increases the speed.
     
  9. killmoms macrumors 68040

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    There's no need. All tape transcription is realtime, and DV is only 25mbit (out of Firewire's 400).
     
  10. BrittQ thread starter macrumors regular

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    Any problem with grabbing a cheap one off ebay, as long as it has pass through mode?
     
  11. imovie macrumors newbie

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    Converting 8mm tapes to digital

    Ok! I'm new at this! I want to convert my 8mm (5-20 yrs old) tapes and VHS to digital. I'm currently looking at the Canopus 100 & 300. It sounds like the 300 is better for old 8mm tapes. Any feedback regarding which convertor I should get? I'm also, curious about Passthrough? I have a Sony TRV22 (tape) camcorder & a Sony Digital HDD camcorder. What cable do I need to get to connect them? Thanks!
     
  12. Flynnstone macrumors 65816

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    I have a TRV33 with pass thru that I used to convert 8mm film to DV.
    I did the quick cheap & dirty method.
    I projected film on a sheet of white paper on the wall. I then pointed my video cam (TRV33) at the image. I needed to vary the speed of the projector to minimize the strobing.
    Bonus - I got very authentic movie projector noise recorded on the video sound track ;)

    [edit]
    Forgot to mention that I brought the video into FCE and changed the speed to be "more" correct.
     

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