1729 Views 5 Replies Latest reply: Dec 7, 2009 5:52 AM by bagehot
For what it's worth --
Not sure about the new iMacs but generally speaking, you need to send your video signal from the VCR to a converter of some sort and then into the MAC via Firewire. Canopus makes a converter and many Video cams will also accept a VCR connection and thence into the Mac. I have a early 2009 iMac and it will work that way. I am not sure with the ability of the iMacs through iMovie now to accept video recorded on SD card, etc. through the USB port whether this is the only way to transfer video from a VCR.
Maybe this will help
a) Yes, that or a more expensive FireWire converter device.
b) There are 3 below that I know of.
[Elgato Video Capture|http://eshop.macsales.com/item/ElGato/10020840>
[ProView USB - USB Video Capture for Mac|http://daystar-store.com/xlr8proviewusbfullscreenvideocapturepackageforusb2 0.aspx]
[Pinnacle™ Video Capture for Mac|http://www.pinnaclesys.com/PublicSite/us/Products/ConsumerProducts/Home+Video/Studio+Family/Video+Capture+forMac.htm]
Appreciate all the helpful suggestions. The Director's Cut and Canopus hardware is just too expensive - $200 and up - and I don't have a video camera, so I'll go with a RCA-to-USB adapter. The suggested models seem a bit pricey, so I'm going to try this:
If the quality isn't great, maybe I'll have to trade up.
Thanks again, all.