how do I get 8 mm film transferred into imovie

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by cooneyirish, Dec 15, 2008.

  1. cooneyirish macrumors newbie

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    I have several 8 mm tapes that I want to get onto dvd format so I can make dvd's for those on the original tape. This was recorded on a sony camcorder using maxell mp 120 tapes.

    what device / hardware do i need to get it from the camcorder into my iMac (2 mos old). The camera came with a single 9mm pin that goes from the output of the camcorder that splits into two rca male jacks .

    will imovie suffice or is it better quality, more efficient, to use another software for making my own dvd's .
    thanks, kevin
     
  2. FF_productions macrumors 68030

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    Ok, there are 2 ways to transfer.

    First, a Digital 8 Camcorder, simple, u pop in ur old tapes, then via firewire you can transfer them into iMovie.

    Second, a device that takes A/V input and has firewire outputs to go to iMovie, I forget the name of the device but this is a possible solution.

    Other then that, you cannot simply hook up that camera to the iMac.
     
  3. MrLatte23 macrumors regular

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    Borrow someones DV camcorder...

    Most recent DV camcorders have AV > DV converters which allow you to put the camera into "tape" mode plug the analog camera with the Mini-Jack you described into it and then with a Firewire cable, connect the DV camera to your computer. It will pass thru the signal, converting it to DV for iMovie.

    There are stand-alone AV to DV converters, but if this is a one-time deal, see if someone has a camcorder that you can borrow or rent. If you're considering buying a camcorder just make sure it has the converter and firewire (IEEE 1394) in/out, most so. If this is a regular occurrence consider something like a Canopus device. http://www.firewire-1394.com/canopus-advc55.htm
     

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