VHS into iMac / MacBook

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by netdog, Aug 30, 2006.

  1. netdog macrumors 603


    Feb 6, 2006

    I am looking for a cheap but effective way to patch a VHS that only has a SCART and standard RCAs out to my Intel iMac and/or MacBook and into iMovie.

    Also, the tapes are in PAL format, but my Macs are from the UK, so that shouldn't present any further issues, should it?

    On a related note, I plugged an older Canon DVI camera into my firewire port yesterday for a friend and I was very impressed with the way that iMovie just saw the camera and did the capture, even dividing up each shot as a clip automatically, and then how easy it was to dump the result through iDVD on a disk. Fantastic. Just one more reason I love my Macs.
  2. iMeowbot macrumors G3


    Aug 30, 2003
    An EyeTV box would do the trick. Their hardware is not multi-standard, so you'll have to be careful that you're getting a PAL unit. They sell for about $200 (I didn't bother with a conversion because it probably cost the same in pounds :p ).
  3. jruc4871 macrumors regular

    May 4, 2005
    Washington, DC
    The answer is sitting right in front of you...

    You can use your digital video camera as an analog->digital converter. Go AV out from your VCR into your camera, then firewire into your Mac. iMovie will be just as easy to use.

    Make sure your camera is in "VCR mode" and set to "line" or "AV." Also, i forget which one it is, but with mine, you either have to have a tape in the camera, or you have to have no tape in there.

    hope this helps!
  4. Super Macho Man macrumors 6502a

    Super Macho Man

    Jul 24, 2006
    Hollywood, CA
    Yes, on my Canon Optura 10 circa 2002 it's called AV-DV Out. It's an option in the main menu. Buying an EyeTV is not necessary as this will be MUCH more convenient.

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