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Hello, all. I've been absent for quite some time, but it is nice to see that the 'cast is stronger than ever. I have a question to which I hope someone out there will have an answer.

 

I have a PM G5 1.8DP (Tiger, 1.25 GB RAM, 500 GB HDD total, SuperDrive, iLife '05) and I want to do some VHS-to-DVD transfer. What sort of hardware/software do I need? Would a simple video-in card work in conjunction with iMovie '05, or do I need to dent the wallet a bit more and buy some extra goodies?

 

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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I'm sure there's a lot of expensive ways to do this, but I know you can do it if your camcorder has a video in and a firewire (Mini DV) out. You're effectively using your camcorder as a analogue to digital converter in this set up.

 

Similarly there is a TV tuner USB box, available from Apple's store at the below link, which has an antenna IN, that a VHS video recorder could be attached to.

 

As for solutions which do not come out of the digital domain, i.e. composite VHS video to DVD, I should imagine that a DVD recorder is more what you're looking for, but the first two suggestions are best if you simply want to "rip" some Quicktime clips of old Wedding, Christmas and Birthday tapes.

 

Sorry for the delay on this fellow MacCaster.

 

http://store.apple.com/Apple/WebObjects/uk...A8D3&nplm=BA110

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Thanks for the info. I think that I have found a solution...but I have to convince my wife that it is a "wise" financial investment. My camcorder does not have video-in, so I needed an external solution. Thanks again for the suggestion...

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Hi there, when i got my mac i had the same question, and there is a great box called the pinnacle movie box DV, there is also a USB version that is only for windows. But the "DV" model works GREAT. i love it. it plugs in to your firewire 400 and it has a RCA in and S-Video in and Firewire in (so you can plug your camera in with out getting behind your computer). This thing is great, Here is a link

 

By the way this thing i supposed to come with pinnacle editor which is a windows only editing app, so the link i gave you is for a place that sells just the box and not the software, thus cheaper. That is where i bough mine

 

http://www.4videoequipment.com/video/store...e&idproduct=971

 

God bless and happy editing!

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all the hardware you'll need is an analogue-to-digital conversion box which connects via firewire to your machine.

 

Here are a couple of good ones:

http://www.miglia.com/products/video/direc...tor2/index.html

http://www.miglia.com/products/video/dcsca...cart/index.html

http://www.canopus.com/products/ADVC55/index.php

http://www.canopus.com/products/ADVC110/index.php

http://www.canopus.com/products/ADVC300/index.php

 

......... they're all good, depending on how much you want to spend!

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