Transferring movies on videotape to iMovie

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  1. None Such macrumors 6502

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    I just recently got a MBP. I haven't started messing around in iMovie yet. But was wondering how can I transfer my home movies from my videocamera into iMovie and edit them. It's an older camcorder that has the white and yellow inputs/outputs. I haven't really looked into it just thought someone might know a solution. Thanks.
     
  2. theBB macrumors 68020

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    I think you need some kind of box to convert your analog tapes into a digital stream so that iMovie can import it. There has been quite a few threads about it. You might want to try forum search.
     
  3. vanmacguy macrumors 6502a

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    You need a converter box. I use the Canopus and it works really well.

    You plug your camcorder into one side of it and a Firewire cable out of it and into your Mac.

    Works like a charm.

    Cheers.
     
  4. None Such thread starter macrumors 6502

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    yeah, I tried forum search. I guess my keywords were too broad. Thanks.
     
  5. None Such thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thank you! How much do these things run?
     
  6. maberga29 macrumors member

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    Yeah, you do need some sort of A/D converter... I've been using an elgato eyetv 250 to do this. It's been working well so far, the software is pretty simple to use. The 250 is made for watching/recording TV on your mac, but it can (very easily) act as a go between for your camcorder and mac. Pretty much the same deal as above; just plug the RCA cables into the 250 and you're good to go. I would recommend this, but there are a lot of extrenuous features if you only want to make your analog tapes digital. Check out the product page for more details.
     
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  8. None Such thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for that. I really appreciate it. Looks like I should just use that money that I would spend on any of these different converters and just get a newer camcorder and use my dvd/vcr recorder to transfer vhs to the dvd and then do it through imovie that way. I already have tivo and tivotogo on my mac(in Toast 8) so buying this wouldn't really be much more than a converter and I don't have that many home movies.
     

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