6729 Views 3 Replies Latest reply: Nov 27, 2010 12:53 PM by Ziatron
Currently Being ModeratedNov 26, 2010 9:43 PM (in response to CT_7)Buy an old Sony Hi8 Digital camcorder (has a Firewire port) off of eBay. Hook it up, fire up iMovie, import footage and off you go. The Sony will convert your Hi8 tapes to a digital format that iMovie can work with. then you can edit to your heart's content and burn DVDs, upload to YouTube, sned Quicktime movies by email and load them onto your iPhone, too.
Worked great for me (though tape-based comsumer camcorders are dying fast and I really need a newer, memory card camera).
If you don't want to buy that one, Canopus and other converters are available (my local Apple store has at least two) or you can send your tapes to a professional converting lab and receive your movies already digitized. Depends how much time and money you want to spend...Power Mac G5, Intel iMac, Intel Mini, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
Currently Being ModeratedNov 27, 2010 5:29 AM (in response to CT_7)I also did this by buying an old Digital 8 camcorder from eBay. Many of them will play Digital 8 (DV), Hi 8, and 8MM, and pass it through the Firewire as DV. I bought the Sony TRV-230 on eBay for $150. I sold it a year later for $140.
If you prefer to buy a device, look at the Digital Analog converters from Grass Valley. These are available on the online Apple Store. Also look at the EyeTV Hybrid from ElGato. It will import the analog footage, and it will also turn your Mac into a TV and DVR.iMac 24 2.8Ghz, iPhone, TV, Mac OS X (10.6.5), Panasonic HDC-SD5 iMovie 11
Currently Being ModeratedNov 27, 2010 12:53 PM (in response to CT_7)
I have a BUNCH of home videos that we have recorded on hi8 tapes and I want to transfer these to digital.
I have done LOTS of this.
You will need a FireWire analog to digital video converter (If you have no Hi8 player with FireWire). I like the Grassvalley ADVC300. Audio and Video go in, FireWire comes out.
I've played around with countless other conversion systems, ranging in price from $79 to $399. Short verison, this is the ONLY unit to own. No dropped frames at all, even with questionable quality tapes, no jitter, great color, excellent sound quality. Zero setup with iMovie 06 and iDVD 09/11.
This is a prosumer deck. The time code function is alone worth the price if you have old analog footage. Absolutely NO "Out Of Sync" audio.
ADVC300 is for anyone who wants to do editing and is concerned about quality of color and speed, for the novice it is an incredible gizmo that will restore tapes to a state close to the original fixing midtones, highlights and shadows on the fly. Not only can you simply convert analog to digital you can actually manipulate the signal going in (if you want to).
A bit pricey but it WORKS.
The program that comes with the ADVC300 has some nice filters that can improve video and audio of the source material.
I would use iMovie 06 with iDVD 11.
iMovie 11 uses 'single field processing' meaning every other horizontal line of the video is thrown out, which reduces the sharpness of the footage. iMovie 06 uses ALL of the image to form the video.
I like and use both iMovie 11 and iMovie 06, for Transferring Hi8 to digital you will get a better end result using iMovie 06. You can find iMovie 06 on the iLife 06 install disk.