Getting videotape into macbook to make dvd?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Wie Gehts, Mar 26, 2008.

  1. Wie Gehts macrumors 6502

    Mar 22, 2007
    Gee, my old desktops had video inputs but I'd like to transfer much of my guitar instructional videotapes into dvd on my modern system (macbook)

    So, how can I get (or can I) get the output of a vcr into a macbook?

    Or is there some other more efficient way of digitizing and viewing that stuff?

    Thanks much :)
  2. mcavjame macrumors 65816


    Mar 10, 2008
    phased to this universe
    There are so many ways to do this:
    - if you have a DV camera, use the AV cable to connect you vcr to the camera and use the firewire cable to connect to your computer. Then capture with your favorite video editing suite.
    - If you have a DVD recorder in your tv setup, copy the tape to DVD, then rip the DVD on your computer using mactheripper. Burn your playable DVD using Toast or diskUtility.
    - buy any number of video capture devices. They can vary from consumer to prosumer level and beyond. Check out plextor, elgato, canopus, and PyroDVD

    Hope the above helps.
  3. Wie Gehts thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mar 22, 2007
    Thanks my friend. :)

    Unfortunately I have none of these devices so I guess getting away without having to shell out some dough isn't gonna happen. ;)

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