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imported video choppy/skips

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Aug 28, 2010 10:08 AM
Hi everyone. I'm new to these forums. I'm at my wits end.

I'm trying to import VHS tapes onto my macbook pro, for a friend's home movies. No matter what I do the videos skip, at various points. Almost as though it is dropping frames (sort of sped up).

I've tried different hardware (both USB and Firewire video connectors from the VCR). I've tried importing with a variety of software-- imovie, and the elgato video software. I've tried my roomate's iMac, in addition to my Macbook Pro. I free'd up a ton of space on my Hard Drive. I even sent my computer to applecare, where they ran video tests and replaced my logicboard. Still the same issues.

The tapes playback normally when watching them. It's only during the importing process.

The only clue I can seem to find (that may be of note to those out there with far more expertise than myself) is when I'm importing in iMovie, the ticker/timecode on the top-right-hand side of the import video screen gets messed up when it gets to the "skipping-area". It no longer counts forward normally. It jogs back a second, and then forward a second, and then back again, much like you would see in the display of a CD player, when a CD skips.

Any help/ideas would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
MacbookPro4, 1, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • Zak Ray Level 4 Level 4 (3,465 points)
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    Aug 28, 2010 11:34 AM (in response to jsnap01)
    If you or a friend has Final Cut, it may be possible to do it there. But assuming you don't, which version of iMovie are you using? The old (pre-08) or new (08, 09)? Try using the version that you aren't using now.
    2.4GHz iMac C2D, Mac OS X (10.6.3), FCS 3.02, 3GB RAM, 1TB OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro
  • Rokaem Calculating status...
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    Aug 30, 2010 10:21 AM (in response to jsnap01)
    I had a similar problem several years ago and I solved it by adding more, and faster, RAM. I also use found an old Sony Media Converter that works great for analog input.
    G5 Dual, 2.3 GHZ, Mac OS X (10.4.11)

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