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Currently Being ModeratedSep 7, 2007 1:42 PM (in response to Tesserax)I have found one Mac-compatible device, the Data Video DAC-200, but before I place an order, I was hoping to take advantage of the collective knowledge of this Discussion area to see if you would have any recommendations.
Many manufacturers make a number of models that may suit your needs. I personally like the Canopus line and use the ADVC300 myself. It is a mid-prosumer level device that had the features I needed for improved recovery/conversion of my old VHS library. Here is a link to my model on the manufacturer's site. If you watch the flash video, you can see their complete line of products targeting everyone from the casual user to the dedicated professional.2.0GHz 3GB G5/533MHz 384MB G4 DeskTop/400MHz 384MB G4 Ti PB, Mac OS X (10.4.10), 60GB 5G iPod, 4GB iPhone, Nikon D-70, Nikon CoolPix 990, Sony HDR-HC3
Currently Being ModeratedSep 7, 2007 9:54 PM (in response to Tesserax)I have for years now a Dazzle Hollywood DV convertor for use with a S-VHS-C camcorder. It is in iMovie '08 recognized as Hollywood DV and seems to work.
It does not require installation of additional driver. It seems that the device is currently not in production anymore. It has been sold by the Apple Store also. Other devices available at that time were from Formac and Miglia.MacBook, Mac OS X (10.4.10)
Currently Being ModeratedSep 8, 2007 9:50 PM (in response to Jon Walker)Thanks very much for the recommendation. Would you believe that I was just about to place an order for the DAC-200 and the Handycam pretty much "gave up the ghost." Looks like I'll need to locate a service that can transfer the Video 8 tapes to DVD directly for me instead. Since I will still like to do the final editing in iMovie '08, what format would you recommend that I ask them to convert them into?Mac Mini Intel Core Duo, Mac OS X (10.4.10), 1.66 GHz 1 GB RAM 100 GB HD
Currently Being ModeratedSep 8, 2007 10:10 PM (in response to Tesserax)I like the Canopus ADVC300 too. It comes with a nice Macintosh program to improve the video.
It can take audio and video from any source and convert it to FireWire.
I use it with iMovie 06 and iDVD 08.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 9, 2007 4:37 AM (in response to Tesserax)Would you believe that I was just about to place an order for the DAC-200 and the Handycam pretty much "gave up the ghost."
When it rains...
Looks like I'll need to locate a service that can transfer the Video 8 tapes to DVD directly for me instead. Since I will still like to do the final editing in iMovie '08, what format would you recommend that I ask them to convert them into?
A tough decision. To reasonably fit the material on DVD, it has to be moderately well to highly well compressed. This probably requires something in the MPEG2 to MPEG4/AVC (H.264) compression range. MPEG2, of course, would likely require secondary conversion for editing in most DV based editors which can be both time consumming and furher limit final quality. H.264/AAC data DVDs could, of course be editied directly in iMovie '08 but is even more highly compressed to begin with and makes me cringe when I consider that iMovie '08 will re-convert it to an even more compressed version of the same codec in its most useful "publishing" options.
Personally, I would price the cost of such services for your entire Video8 library and compare it with the cost of purchasing Video8/Hi8 digital device which can play both analog tape formats and has the ability to digitize to DV for firewire capture by any editor or dedicated video capture application. This technology is well proven and old enough that there might find a real bargain out there if you look around. (If nothing else, got a friend with something like an old DCR-TVR520 or GV-D200 just laying around you could borrow?) I.e., anything that combines Video8 transport, conversion, and firewire delivery in a single device. Suspect that if you have a large Video8 library, it may be cheaper to buy a player/digitizer here than pay a digitizing service. Haven't really looked around to see what is available but here is a link to one example that retails for about $400 (i.e., less than my Canopus ADVC300 which I also got through B&H Photo). Don't suppose you live in the South Jersey area, do you?
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Currently Being ModeratedSep 9, 2007 11:21 AM (in response to Jon Walker)Thanks for the reference and the advise. Only talking around a dozen Video 8 tapes, but some precious family moments of the kids growing up that I would hate to lose.
Nope, not near South Jersey; I'm pretty much on the opposite coast from you, but I'll give B&H Photo a try. They look like a great outfit. Thanks again!Mac Mini Intel Core Duo, Mac OS X (10.4.10), 1.66 GHz 1 GB RAM 100 GB HD