wtd: advice on video capture via i.link

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  1. Hack5190 macrumors 6502a

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    Have an older Sony "Digital Video Camcorder" with an i.link (aka: firewire) port. Since the G5 has firewire built in it seems like a good fit. In addition to the cable software to capture / save the video is needed. So I'm looking for advice / recommendations for software and anything else I may have missed.
     
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    When I used this approach years ago iMovie did the trick with no trouble.
     
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    iMovie/Firewire also gave me remote control of the camera, so seeking to the required clip to edit was easy....seemed amazing back in 2003 on my 700Mhz G4 iMac!
     
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    I remember dumping 480i and 480p video from my camera to my mac over firewire. We are certainly spoiled with SD cards and straight uploading to YouTube from our phones today.
     
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    How true! Browsing through the owners manual (copyright 2002) I forgot that this unit could use the "Sony Memory Stick" - anyone remember those?
     
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    Still have one on active duty in my Sony Clie....

    TG50.jpg
     
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    Sony Clie, this is becoming a trip down the memory lane of old technology.
     
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    Mine recorded on (gasp) MiniDv TAPE! I had to wait 10 minutes to import a 10 minute video? 1X!
     
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    Update: The eBay cable arrived today and as @Dronecatcher mentioned iMovie provides control over the camcorder.

    Now all I need is about 6 months to watch / record all these Hi8 tapes to files.
     
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    Good luck!
    I'm currently running a similar project to recover old DV-Cam-clips and I have pretty much fear, that our old Panasonic-camcorder might kick the bucket, before all video-tapes have been copied to iMovie.
    Back in 1998 I used a special PCI-Video-encoder-card to copy/encode stuff to SVCD-media. What a waste of time, since SVCD is totally obsolete now and quality is horrible ...

    Take care: start/stop-maneuvers with the Camcorder produces drop of video-frames, while the audio-stream continues without drops. That might make video/sound become asynchron. You won't get aware of it on the first-version native video-stream copied to the harddrive but the problem will occur after cutting clips for a new video.
    I have no experience yet, if this problem also occurs with iMovie and editing DV-video-material.
    At that old PC times with "Fast DVD-Master" encoder-card the DV-video from the cam had been captured analog and I had to use "TMPEGenc" and "PV Strumento" to reorganize picture&sound to prevent asynchronizity previous to further editing of any video-clip.
     
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    Thanks for the insight. After doing some testing I decided to simply capture the entire contents of each tape into a single file. That reduces the time needed to get them converted and backed up. When completed I can split each file into clips and export those clips in a format other than DV by using VLC.

    Since VLC runs on Windows I can even have my wife work on some of the files :D
     
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    I would do some testing previous to exporting the entire clip (which has a lot of start/stop sequences) to another video-format: export a clip which contains a lot a lot of start&stops as one clip e.g. into mpeg or another compressed video-format. Then cut the clip into several parts and put them together as a new video. Then check video-playback: start/pause several time, while viewing that video, jump forward/backwards and finally to a part close to the end, where you should have placed parts with people talking. Watch, if lips/voice are still synchroneous. Thats important, especially if your primary video-source might be analog or you add parts of analog video to a later film.
     

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