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    Please educate me about iMac G5 to be a TV
    Hi...

    I have a beginner question to ask and am seeking for an expert advise and suggestion.

    My plans are;

    1) Use my iMac G5 as a TV and watch a regular TV program through iMac (I subscribe a local cable). I can do the opposite; play movies by iMac G5 and watch them with my 52" TV.

    2) Whatever the programs I watch through iMac G5, I would like to record (as recording to VHS tape in old days) them such as sports or movies.

    3) I would like to convert VHS taped contents to the digital media (burn them to DVD). I have a tons of football videos from the last 15 years. I want to put them into DVDs. I believe this particular information was referenced in MacWorld magazine but could not remember which issue was.

    What I need to know are;

    Any adapters or software I should get to complete my plans. I recently received a catalog from Macsales and it listed devices from Elgato. It seems they could be a key for this mission but I do not know much about.

    I do not have any time limit to finish my project. If someone has a great idea or suggestion that I do not have to invest a huge amount (say over $300), that would be the best.

    And if someone has a good success story, similar to what I intend to do, please share it with me...

    Thanks for reviewing my post.

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    I have the elgato eyetv 250 plus tuner and it can do everything you are wanting to do.

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    Was that a 52' TV? How big is your room?

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    oops, it was 52"...

    Murlyn, thanks for your information. I should look into that device, then.

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    I have an Elgato EyeTV. It too has an input port that allows recording from S-Video or RCA devices. It is also $50 cheaper than their 250 model.

    You need to pay attention to what the requirements are for the device you want to buy. For instance the Elgato lists that OS X 10.4 is required for their solution.

    For point 3, remember that most bought DVD and VHS movies have a signal that disallows clean recordings. That requires another box known as a video stabilizer. Keep in mind that this is a very time consuming process.
    CameraTime - Time lapse photography for novice and advanced users.

    When asking questions, post the version of your software. You'll receive better answers.

    Please post your results to the thread as it is good feedback.

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    xstep, thanks for your advise. I've ordered Elgato Eye TV 250 Plus from Macsales. They had a refurbished one available by Elgato and I saved about $50. It should arrive before the weekend. I will keep it posted how it goes. A friend of mine did VHS-DVD on his PC and told me it took very long and the DVD quality was not as good as expected.

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    To update...

    I got an Elgato Eye TV 250 Plus from OWC on Friday and set it up as instructed. This is a great device and I enjoy it very much. Only I need now is a longer coaxial cable. OWC is very fast to ship.

    I now can do exactly what I wanted; record TV program and convert VHS to DVD.

    I thank Murlyn and xstep for the great advise.

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