There are many to chose from and at different prices and functions.
I got an CANOPUS ADVC-300 - now named Grass Valley ADVC-300 - but can only be bought secondhanded as it's discontinued.
AND - it's Expensive !
Still to me it's been of 100% value due to it's functions. It can repair broken TimeBase-Code and that means that I can import a LONG VHS tape recorded in EP-mode and with drop-outs.
Cheaper devices = Import will halt at every drop out frames AND Audio will go out of sync.
• Tedious Baby-sittings when Importing (and multiple re-starting Import)
• Audio goes out of sync. Tedious labor to by hand correct this !
Then my A/D-box also came with some rather advanced Picture Enhancing programs/settings.
So in all - I Love it.
BUT Surely there are much cheaper solutions for those that
• makes short VHS Imports
• New VHS tape Without any Drop-outs (less than a Year old)
• Patience of an Angle
OBSERVE ! - If You talk about BOUGHT VHS-tapes as from Disney - FORGET IT - NO A/D-box can break the CopyProtection. And even a theoretical discussion about this is FORBIDDEN in this Forum - as it is a GLOBAL forum and just the discussion is forbidden in countries as Germany etc.
Yours Bengt W
I use the EyeTV Hybrid from El Gato.
It works from RCA cables, coax, or S-Video and to your Mac via USB. It is also a High Definition TV Tuner for your Mac if you attach a rabbit ears antenna.
ElGato may also make specialized devices just for VHS, but I have no personal experience with them.
Here is a sample of the results I am getting.
I use the Grass Valley ADVC110. Great little box. I use RCA in and FireWire out into the computer:
This will run at the same speed as the VHS, which should be 29.97 in NTSC or 25 in a PAL country.
So it depends on how the VHS tape was made. The original Super 8 was most like 18 frames per second, so when the VHS was made, there was likely some loss embedded at that time. If it looks OK on a TV, it should look the same after capture with an EyeTV or a Grass Valley/Canopus box.
I have the movies I want on eyeTV and it looks good but how do you import them to iMovie? I exported one to quicktime and it just vanished, then I put it on the desktop and it wouldn't open in iMovie, I did another one and it opened but it is not the one I needed, I spent hours trying to get the one movie to light up in iMovie all the other ones I don't want are active but the very one I want won't open up, I've tried all kinds of things re-naming it exporting it again, deleting the others, moving it to different folders nothing, it is the longest one is that the problem?
In EyeTV, click on Recordings in the Library Section. You should see your recordings listed there.
Right-click on the recording you with to send to iMovie.
Choose EXPORT from the popup list.
You should see an export box. Click on FORMAT. Choose SHOW ALL FORMATS.
Here you can choose iMovie 09, and that will send it directly to iMovie.
You may have to restart iMovie before you see it. There should be both a project and an event with the name of your recording.
You could also choose QuickTime Movie, and then pick Apple Intermediate Codec.
If you do this, save it in a spot where you can find it. Import it into iMovie using FILE/IMPORT MOVIE.
In this case, there will be an Event created. You will need to start your own project.
Thank you so much, you were a great help, here is the movie done on eyeTV http://youtu.be/LglExUg4VaM if you want to see it, I took the original down it was fast and choppy to my shock this added over two minutes to the original video done with a camera in front of a TV, thanks again the next one I'm working on involves putting sections of film together I've already recorded them with eyeTV, I'll see if that is a challenge, thanks again for the help and the heads up on the device
Looks good! I loved the girl brushing her teeth in the back of the bus.
Just FYI, there is a way to capture old 8mm and Super8 film in 1080P. This is a good way to go if you still have the reels of tape. I used a company called Mymovietransfer.com
Here is a sample.