how do I get 8 mm film transferred into imovie

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

  1. cooneyirish macrumors newbie

    Mar 11, 2008
    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


    Apr 16, 2005
    Mt. Prospect, Illinois
    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

    Jul 18, 2007
    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.

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