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2.8Ghz iMac for home VHS to DVD anyone?


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joff

 
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Hi. I'm seriously thinking about getting the 24" 2.8Ghz iMac. There's loads of great stuff on these forums but I have a simple question: Anyone got one of these iMacs (2.8Ghz) and use it for editing home movie (family etc) stuff and then blowing to DVD using iMovie & iDVD (after capturing from VHS)?

I've read loads of stuff about whether the graphics card is better in this or the 3.06Ghz model but answers are often from gamers (which I'm not) and aere evenly split. (I will add extra RAM and external storage myself after purchase). I'm already stretching my budget so don't want to spend more on the higher spec unless really necessary. So if anyone uses a 2.8 GHz iMac for the same purposes (not professional; just editing family videos without losing quality) please could you let me know how you get on with it? Thanks.
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The card is plenty. I've been doing this same thing for years, on much less machines and I get excellent results. I do have the exact machine you are considering (base 24", 2.8Ghz, 4GB memory, etc) and it's an excellent machine. You will be pleased with it I am certain.
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Thanks for the help supergper. Are you from the school of thought that says "buy a VHS to DVD recorder, do the copy on there and then do the editing in iMovie (or similar app)" or from the other approach I've seen here that suggests getting a converter box with Firewire (e.g. Canopus ADVC110) and putting that between the VHS player/camcorder (mine is old analogue only) to to do A/D conversion?
I appreciate your input (& anyone elses) as I just want to know what really works in real life for the tasks that I need. Thanks
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I've done limited VHS->Digital, most of the stuff I do is Camcorder -> Digital and I use iMovie to import it usually. The limited VHS stuff I've done, I bought a converter for that just records to a file and then I can import that file into iMovie.
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I found that the easiest way is using the EyeTV to record and then VisualHub to make it an mp4 file
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Grateful for your help guys. I took the plunge today and got my iMac. Your input helped, so thanks.
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