video input adaptor or cheap dv camcorder?

Discussion in 'Product Recommendations/Reviews' started by deadfrog, Dec 28, 2004.

  1. deadfrog macrumors regular

    Sep 5, 2004
    UK / Bournemouth

    just want to mess around with some stuff and i was wondering which is likely to give best results and value for money. Dont really want to spend alot as at the moment its really just for fun. Having said this i am doing a graphics degree so it could come in handy.

    I have access to a hi8 sony camcorder at pressent and am swayed towards getting the adaptor as then i can import any video signal and if im looking to burn onto dvd i cant push above 640x480 on most anyhow. Although as i have little experiance in this area can someone please offer some advice.

    was looking at the ADS Pyro AV Link - api 550...

  2. chv400 macrumors 6502

    Dec 16, 2003
    Houston, TX
  3. mrgreen4242 macrumors 601


    Feb 10, 2004
    Cant offer to much specific help, but I THINK most/lots of miniDV camcorders can take a regular video signal as an imput and pass it along as a DV data stream. So, in theory, a nice DV camcorder could do both of the things you are looking for.

  4. Jo-Kun macrumors 6502a

    Dec 20, 2003
    if you shot a lot on Hi8 you might considering a cheap Digital8 camera, it has FireWire(DV) out and you can use it to playback older analog tapes and capture them trough FireWire(DV) without any problem

    if you didn't shot anything in Hi8 yet... go for the more spread miniDV

    or indeed an analog tranformer, but I don't know the good ones, but I think you might recon +400 EURO (541,68 USD) for one of those...

  5. deadfrog thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 5, 2004
    UK / Bournemouth
    ok, thanks for all your help...

    the elgato things look quite pricy... can pick up an analog converter for about £129 which aint too bad.

    think i may look into it a bit more and find out how much a minidv camcorder can be picked up for...


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