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I want to convert my vhs movies to dvd.

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mabellucy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Sep 6, 2013 12:42 PM

I had been going to buy a blackmagic video recorder. Then I read about the Canopus ADVC300. much more expensive.

I then read that I could just connect my camcorder to my macbook pro. My vidoe camera seems to do this.

I was going to edit them in imovie and then burn them to a dvd.

Then I found this on the forum.


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.

If your primary workflow is editing DV clips and making DVDs, iMovie '06 is better suited. Your movie will arrive at iDVD in DV format, which is an ideal match for making a DVD: same resolution, same pixels aspect ratio, and original quality. If you share your movie from iMovie 09/11, it gets re-rendered at 640x480 or less, and then iDVD upscales it back to 720x480. The end result is obviously not as good.

iMovie 06 and iDVD 11 is a "lossless" combination.



I have iMovie 09 and don't see myself getting 06.

I don't know even know what all of this means except I want the best quality possible from the VHS movies.


I would like to know if the above information is current. I would also like to know if it will work as well to connect the video camera to the macbook pro.


Thank you.

I obviously do not understand the whole process/

MacBook Pro (15-inch Late 2008), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8 (43,385 points)
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    Sep 6, 2013 2:56 PM (in response to mabellucy)

    I use the Conopus ADVC110, with iMovie 6 and iDVD 7, for this purpose, and can confirm that the comments you quote are correct.

  • Bengt Wärleby Level 6 Level 6 (18,920 points)
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    Sep 6, 2013 11:07 PM (in response to mabellucy)



    I would also like to know if it will work as well to connect the video camera to the macbook pro.


    What video camera ?


    Connect it how ?


    You must tell.


    Yours Bengt W

  • Bengt Wärleby Level 6 Level 6 (18,920 points)
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    Sep 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

  • Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8 (43,385 points)
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    Sep 7, 2013 11:26 AM (in response to mabellucy)

    That is definitely the way to go. The quality will be as good as you can get it.


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