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timkins
09-15-2016, 05:22 PM
I am a relative newly to the Mac world so please bear with me. I purchased a new Mac in Feb and am running OS X El Capitan 10.11.6 using a 3.1 GHV Intel core I5 processor with8 GB memory and Intel Iris pro. I have quite a few home movies using the Hi 8 movie camera and want to run them thru my computer and burn them to DVD's. What am I going to need to accomplish this? Software, cables, patience etc, etc?

ferrarr
09-15-2016, 06:51 PM
You will most likely need a cable and a converter. It depends on what kind of output your camera has. I just ordered an Apple Thunderbolt to FireWire Adapter (http://www.apple.com/shop/product/MD464LL/A/apple-thunderbolt-to-firewire-adapter?fnode=8b) for the same reason. I have the FireWire cord for my camera already. You should have iMovie on your Mac already, and that should be able to import the movies.

timkins
09-16-2016, 01:03 PM
OK, so I purchased the Thunderbolt Fire wire adapter and a new firewire and this is great for the digital movies. I also have about 15 tapes of ANALOG movies that are Hi 8 and need to transfer these to my computer and then DVD. I have been informed that I need to transfer these tapes from analog to digital. I still have the original camera and it has the three RED WHITE YELLOW RCA plugs that go into a single plug that plugs into the camera. Is there a simple solution that plugs into the RCA plugs and then into the computer? What are my options? Any suggestions other than a transfer service?

ferrarr
09-16-2016, 03:09 PM
Since you have not mentioned the model of your "camera", it may be able to do what you want. You can also search for "convert VHS to digital" like this, convert vhs to mac (https://duckduckgo.com/?q=convert+vhs+to+mac&t=osx&ia=products)

MightyGem
09-16-2016, 04:49 PM
Is there a simple solution that plugs into the RCA plugs and then into the computer? What are my options? Any suggestions other than a transfer service?
You will need something like these to transfer your analogue tapes:
https://www.elgato.com/en/video-capture
https://www.amazon.co.uk/VIDBOX-for-Mac/dp/B00FFSAIEK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1468869778&sr=8-1&keywords=vidbox+video+conversion+for+mac

timkins
09-17-2016, 02:16 PM
I am looking at the "Clear Click video to digital converter" and was wondering if anybody has had experience with this device. Will I be able to insert the DVD after recording with this device into my computer and then edit it? I have tried several time to add the address from Amazon to this email but have been unsuccessful. The one I am looking at is for sale for $109 dollars plus change.

Slydude
09-17-2016, 03:04 PM
Check out this video (https://www.clearclick.tech/products/video2digital-converter) on their site. The video is actually transferred to the computer by USB. To put it into aa DVD format that can be understood by a DVVD player you would need to "burn" the movie(s) to DVD using software such as Burn (http://burn-osx.sourceforge.net/Pages/English/home.html) (free) or Toast. Toast is not free but there are some limited feature versions in the App Store that are cheaper than the full version.

The Amazon page for this device is here (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01AFBKSY6/ref=s9_simh_gw_g23_i1_r?ie=UTF8&fpl=fresh&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=&pf_rd_r=T9F0V0Y94002GQGZXFH1&pf_rd_t=36701&pf_rd_p=6aad23bd-3035-4a40-b691-0eefb1a18396&pf_rd_i=desktop). Did you see the notice near the bottom of the page about outdo and video getting out of sync if recordings are over two hours long?

timkins
09-17-2016, 04:32 PM
I checked the video and it looks good. I did see the notice about the two hour time limit, the majority of my tapes are 1 1/2 to 2 hours in length so I am good there. I was going to import them to my computer using imovie and then edit and burn them to dvd. Is that possible or will I need Burn and/or Toast to accomplish this?

Slydude
09-17-2016, 05:01 PM
You shouldn't need to burn them to DVD to import them into iMovie. Here's what I would try.

1. Follow their directions for connecting the device to the camera/vcr and making the recording.
2. This should result in a file that can be transferred to the computer follow the directions for doing that.
3. Try to import the file into iMovie. If that does not work the software included with the device can probably convert the file to something useful (such as .mp4 or QuickTime Movie .mov)

If the software won't do that there is tons of third party software (free and paid) that should do the trick. Just post back with any questions.

MightyGem
09-17-2016, 06:12 PM
You shouldn't need to burn them to DVD to import them into iMovie.
Sly, he wants to burn to dvd after editing with iMovie.


I was going to import them to my computer using imovie and then edit and burn them to dvd. Is that possible or will I need Burn and/or Toast to accomplish this?
After editing in iMovie, Share your project to File to produce a movie file of your Project. You will need Burn or Toast to make your dvd. Burn will do just the same as Toast and is free.

Open Burn, choose Video from the four buttons at the top of the window, and select DVD-Video from the popup menu on the right. Drag and drop your movie file into the window, agree to it being converted(it has to be for the dvd) and then click on the "Burn" button.

Just remember, having imported and converted from Hi8, Shared(and converted) from iMovie, converted again in Burn, the finished quality/resolution is not going to be great,

Slydude
09-17-2016, 10:13 PM
I was under the impression (perhaps mistaken) that the OP was still at the stage of getting the video to be burned off of a camera/vcr for editing and burning. Hence the interest in that piece of hardware. If you are right your steps should work like a charm.

Brain007
11-18-2016, 01:28 AM
Pretty much relative situation like you... mostly newbies have!
But never the less you're at right place..
i hope you got your solution...
Looking forward..
Cheers!
#Brain