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DonMigell Level 1 Level 1

VHS to dvd using latest imac 10.8.2. Can anybody recommend the best software for this conversion?


iMac (21.5-inch, Late 2012), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
Reply by Klaus1 on Feb 13, 2013 6:46 AM Helpful

As for the quality, they advise that it will not of course be any better quality than that on the VHS tapes, but it will not be any less. Is this your opinion to?

Put it this way: I have used the ADVC110 to digitize and re-edit about 25 VHS home video tapes that were 20+ years old, and have been pleased with the results - for how else are you going to preserve them?

 

As for quality I would largely agree with them. Digitizing will not (cannot) improve the quality of the source material, but nor will it degrade it. You can help yourself along the way by first cleaning the tape heads of the VHS player and fast-forward then fast rewind the tapes (so they don't 'stick'), and at the other end of the process by only using top quality media like Verbatim DVD-R or Taiyo Yuden, and a low burn speed of 2x or 4x. For the actual burn process I always use Roxio Toast.

 

As far as your concerned is this the best system I can buy in order to retain the quality of the download?

The more expensive ADVC330 (I think that is the model number) has more options of one kind ot another, none of which will improve the final result. There are other analogue to digital converters out there, but many users here prefer the ADVCs.

Reply by Rudegar on Feb 13, 2013 7:41 AM Helpful

don't pay an arm and a leg no technology in the world can amke vhs into real quality image quality

 

looking at old vhs movies I even have problems recognising the actors

 

as long as the tvtuner/capture device can keep the audio and visuals in sync the vhs will always be thelowest common denominator

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  • Rudegar Level 7 Level 7

    getting the video from the vhd to the computer require more then software

     

    got hold of an old analogue handcam when my wifes mum died

    and used any old tvtuner connected by usb which had a composite connector and audio

    the tvtuner software would then record the video cams tapes to a movie file on the computer harddisk

    and a dvdburner program made the movie files into dvd's

     

    got a long history of making such things for macs

    http://www.elgato.com/elgato/na/mainmenu/home.en.html

  • DonMigell Level 1 Level 1

    Okay, I understand that as well as software I will need a VHS player, which I have.  Presumably, I will require to connect this my computer via special coonectors to bring up the movie on the tv in order to download?

    I'm not the best tech guy on these issues, so I will need guidance. ie the right connectors for my vhs to imac?

  • noondaywitch Level 6 Level 6

    Depends on the length of the movie, but iMovie will generally cope.

     

    Cheapest Analogue to digital converter is Elgato Video Capture. That should be ample for VHS quality. Check compatibility with 10.8.x

     

    Otherwise, the Grass Valley ADVC range.

    Likewise, check compatibility.

  • DonMigell Level 1 Level 1

    Will check compatability andl confirm.

  • DonMigell Level 1 Level 1

    Just checked the reviews on Elgato Video Capture, to find considerable adverse info on quality produced.

    Looking at the Grass Valley Range, this seems to be more professional and offers high quality albeit it's more expensive. I'm prepared to pay more for top quality and will contact Grass Valley to discuss. In your opinion, if you had the choice and weren't price conscious, which is the best purchase if quality was the main and foremost consideration?

  • Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8

    The ADVC110 will do the job for you.

  • DonMigell Level 1 Level 1

    Just spoke to Holden who are the distributors for the ADVC110. They have informed me that this system works with Firewire output / DV output, so is not suitable for mac 10.8.2. The suggested I look into 'The Intensity Shuttle with Thunderbolt output?'

  • Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8

    Not strictly accurate: it will work with a Thunderbolt/Firewire conversion cable, which is available from the Apple Store.

     

    I am not familiar with the Intensity Shuttle with Thunderbolt output.

  • DonMigell Level 1 Level 1

    Just been back onto Holden, who are now more the wiser that a cable from Apple will work the system.

    As for the quality, they advise that it will not of course be any better quality than that on the VHS tapes, but it will not be any less. Is this your opinion to? As far as your concerned is this the best system I can buy in order to retain the quality of the download?

  • Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8

    As for the quality, they advise that it will not of course be any better quality than that on the VHS tapes, but it will not be any less. Is this your opinion to?

    Put it this way: I have used the ADVC110 to digitize and re-edit about 25 VHS home video tapes that were 20+ years old, and have been pleased with the results - for how else are you going to preserve them?

     

    As for quality I would largely agree with them. Digitizing will not (cannot) improve the quality of the source material, but nor will it degrade it. You can help yourself along the way by first cleaning the tape heads of the VHS player and fast-forward then fast rewind the tapes (so they don't 'stick'), and at the other end of the process by only using top quality media like Verbatim DVD-R or Taiyo Yuden, and a low burn speed of 2x or 4x. For the actual burn process I always use Roxio Toast.

     

    As far as your concerned is this the best system I can buy in order to retain the quality of the download?

    The more expensive ADVC330 (I think that is the model number) has more options of one kind ot another, none of which will improve the final result. There are other analogue to digital converters out there, but many users here prefer the ADVCs.

  • Rudegar Level 7 Level 7

    don't pay an arm and a leg no technology in the world can amke vhs into real quality image quality

     

    looking at old vhs movies I even have problems recognising the actors

     

    as long as the tvtuner/capture device can keep the audio and visuals in sync the vhs will always be thelowest common denominator

  • DonMigell Level 1 Level 1

    Thank you for your advices. I will now put it to the test and of course, will be back to confirm results.

  • DonMigell Level 1 Level 1

    Sorry guys, need to confirm:

    Which one do I require?

    1.     Canpous/ Grass Valley ADVC110 Analogue /DV convertor bi directional £199.99

    2.     Grass Valley ADVC110 - Video input adapter ieee 1394 (Firewire) NTSC £209.99

     

    And the difference between the two (apart from price)?

  • crh24 Level 3 Level 3

    DonMigell wrote:

     

    Sorry guys, need to confirm:

    Which one do I require?

    1.     Canpous/ Grass Valley ADVC110 Analogue /DV convertor bi directional £199.99

    2.     Grass Valley ADVC110 - Video input adapter ieee 1394 (Firewire) NTSC £209.99

     

    And the difference between the two (apart from price)?

    Canopus is the company that originally designed and supplied the ADVC 100, 110, and 300.  Thomson Media purchased Canopus in 2005 to augument it's Grass Valley line.  Thomson has sold the ADVC 110 under both names.  I can't say for sure for I purchased mine long before Canopus was sold to Thomson Media, but I would suspect they are the same product.  Check on the Grass Valley web site for more information.

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