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Sony 8mm Handycam vs. Canopus 110

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I am importing 8mm and Hi8mm tapes into Imovie 11.  I am using the Sony Hi8 camera for the import.  Is there any reason to consider passing through a Canopus 110 to enhance the video quality?  The ultimate goal is to burn DVD's.

iMac (27-inch, Late 2012), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.3)
  • Bengt Wärleby Level 6 Level 6 (18,920 points)
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    Jul 7, 2013 8:33 AM (in response to Argonese)



    If you got a digital 8mm camera.


    Then an extra A/D-box like the Canopus advc 110 will not do much better.


    If your tapes has lot's of drop-outs then an Canopus advc-300 with time base correction might help a lot

    - to keep video importing without ant halts

    - keeping audio in perfect sync


    Yours Bengt W

  • Ziatron Level 4 Level 4 (3,255 points)
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    Jul 7, 2013 8:38 AM (in response to Argonese)

    If quality is important to you, here is the best way.


    Use OS 10.6.x if you can.  (Newer OSs will work also but you will have to control the ADVC300 manually.)


    ADVC300 > iMovie 06 > iDVD 09/11


    I have a drawer full of analog-to-digital converters.   After using the Grass Valley ADVC300 I find nothing else acceptable.


    The program that comes with the ADVC300 has some nice filters that can improve video and audio of the source material. The ADVC300 will take Audio and Video from any source (VCR, Tivo, Satellite Receiver) and convert it to FireWire (iMovie will treat it like a camera).


    I would use iMovie 06 with iDVD 09/11, why?


    iMovie 09/11 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.


    After lots of experimenting I get the best results using OS 10.6, iMovie 06, and iDVD 09/11.  My movies look just like Hollywood!

  • Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8 (43,395 points)
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    Jul 7, 2013 4:00 PM (in response to Argonese)

    Is it the same as Imovie 06 HD?

    Yes, and it part of iLife 6 which you should be able to buy on eBay or Amazon.


    Does it eliminate every other line while importing the video or while exporting?


  • Bengt Wärleby Level 6 Level 6 (18,920 points)
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    Jul 7, 2013 11:50 PM (in response to Argonese)

    the problem occures when going from Events to Projects.


    And concerns iMovie'08 to 11


    iMovie up to HD6, FinalCut any version can handle interlaced SD-Video as you get from Your analog tapes and as what iDVD needs !


    Yours Bengt W

  • Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8 (43,395 points)
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    Jul 8, 2013 4:06 AM (in response to Argonese)

    If I were to purchase Ilife 06 and use Imovie 6HD would I be avoiding the "single field processing" on export


  • Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8 (43,395 points)
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    Jul 10, 2013 12:31 AM (in response to Argonese)



    Just a couple of things: you can have both versions of iMovie installed at the same time.


    Happily this is easily achieved, but it has to be done backwards.


    Delete iMovie 11 (just drag it to the trash). Now install iMovie 6 from the iLife 6 install disks. Update it via Software Update to iMovie 6.0.3.


    Now re-install iMovie 11. This automatically moves iMovie 6 into a folder it creates in your Applications folder called iMovie Previous Version.


    Then reinstall iMovie 11.


    iMovie 6 works great with iDVD 7.


    Now you have them both, and you can have both in the Dock as well.


    Alternatively you could try this method, suggested by poster Uitech:


    Open a terminal and type "touch /Library/Preferences/"

    (No quotes)


    Install iMovieHD6 from the iLife 6 install disk.


    This works with both Leopard and Snow Leopard Macs.

  • Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8 (43,395 points)
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    Jul 11, 2013 5:23 AM (in response to Argonese)

    iDVD 7 has not been update for awhile, so the age of your Mac would preclude any earlier version having been installed.


    Simples, Sherlock!


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