Currently Being ModeratedSep 7, 2013 7:13 AM (in response to Bengt Wärleby)
It's a cannon Vixia... But the question wasn't so much whether this particular camera would work. It was more about the quality of the end result and the advice to use an old version of iMovie, which I don't have.
Apple sales told me the information was correct about the process in iMovie, but that a I would never be able to tell the difference.
I'm just interested in getting the best quality I can and being able to edit the contents of my old VHS tapes.
Thank you for your interest.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 7, 2013 9:10 AM (in response to mabellucy)
The quality is visible - if iMovie HD6 or iMovie'11 is used.
Especially when DVD is played on a large (>20") Flat screen TV
- diagonal lines get's severely staircased.
Camera - Very few modern Video Cameras (non pro models) have Analog-IN function.
My old SONY TRV900E and PC330 both has this function - New Cameras rarely has it.
I convert many VHS-tapes - I use
VHS-player - Canopus ADVC-300 - Mac and iMovie HD6 ( or FinalCut Pro ) - and iDVD mainly
This gives me best possibly result.
STILL - the DVD is for View-only, not as a back-up as DVD is compressed and lot's of quality is lost in this process whatever way chosen.
The files from the Canopus is in StreamingDV quality - and from VHS it can not be any better (as I know of)
the Canopus ADVC-300 - I use mainly regarding three common problems
• Drop-outs / drop out frames
• Audio Sync
• Picture enhancement
I used another A/D-box previously and my tapes are some or many years old = Lot's of drop outs and bad picture.
When Importing/Capturing the program (FinalCut most often) halted and the process needed LOT'S of Baby-sitting. Now it can do several hours without any extra service.
When there are drop out's - the audio slowly build up a severe sync problem.
Not with ADVC-300 as this has TimeBase/TimeCode correction. So it mends (to a degree) drop outs and keep audio in sync.
And it has some really nice functions in making the picture as good as possibly.
All this will not be - using the Camera method.
Using a miniDV tape Camera - the sync. problem can
be overcome by using a pre-recorded tape
(full timebase if recorded in one full 62 minutes take
- of anything un-important as it will be erased
- but timecode stays)
Drop out frames will be black or strange frames - still it works.
NON of described ways will work with Copy-Protected Commercial VHS tapes !
- That will not be discussed here as this forum is GLOBAL and in some Countries even just the discussion is illegal.
So Please respect the Copy-Right and the Policy of this forum.
Yours Bengt W
Currently Being ModeratedSep 7, 2013 10:31 AM (in response to Bengt Wärleby)
As it turns you may be right about not being able to use the camcorder
I had actually been looking at the blackmagic connector before I read about the Canopus.
At this point I am ready to just hook my vcr to my DVD player/recorder then open this DVD in imovie 11 (because this is what i have) edit them, then make a new DVD in iDVD.
Do you see a problem with the quality of these?
And to put your mind at ease, these are ALL home videos.