VHS to MacBook

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by robf, Feb 28, 2015.

  1. robf macrumors newbie

    Dec 21, 2007
    Please can someone suggest some good hardware for transferring old family videos from VHS to my MacBook? I have tried using a Pinnacle Video Transfer unit and I was disappointed with the results.
  2. wwchris macrumors regular

    Nov 13, 2009
    Atlanta, GA


    I used this and it worked great. I bought some cheaper ones before and had terrible luck. The software on this one is simple and intuitive. It also lets you trim the beginnings and ends before saving, so you can let the whole tape run and then easily delete the static from the ends and beginnings of the video before saving. You can see by the Amazon review people like it :)
  3. monokakata macrumors 68000


    May 8, 2008
    Hilo, Hawai'i
  4. robf thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 21, 2007
    Thanks all.

    I have read the Elgato is good but I'm from the UK and we use a different FPS apparently?
  5. Unami, Mar 2, 2015
    Last edited: Mar 2, 2015

    Unami macrumors 6502a

    Jul 27, 2010
    both, the elgato and the blackmagic support 25fps/PAL.

    you might want to deinterlace the videos after capturing.
  6. JustinePaula, Mar 5, 2015
    Last edited: Mar 5, 2015

    JustinePaula macrumors regular

    Mar 14, 2012
    Find a cheap as chips mini dv camera on gumtree.co.uk or ebay uk, that has analogue in and fire wire out. If you have a more recent mac, then you might need a thunderbolt to firewire adapter.

    That is what I use and it is great, if it is important, then I capture onto mini-dv tape first, then later onto my macbook pro to edit, mini-dv tape is so cheap and stable in the long term, and if you look after the camera, it should be useful in years to come, hard drives will crash, good bye material...

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