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    Member Since
    Jul 17, 2010
    Mac Book Pro 15inch
    newbie help
    hi all,

    i'm new to a mac and also to these forums. I have an old sony camcorder, model no:CCD-TR748E and i'm looking to get the video off it and onto my mac to have a play with imovie, only problem is i dont know how, all the instruction say is how to get it to link to a vcr?

    any help would be much appreciated!!


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    Member Since
    Feb 25, 2009
    Late 2013 rMBP, i7, 750m gpu, OSX versions 10.9.3, 10.10

    You've got an older camera there that records to tape and (unless I found the wrong manual) doesn't have Firewire. You'll need a video capture device to be able to capture the footage.

    Something like:

    Elgato Video Capture

    You'd connect the video and audio out of the camcorder into something like the Elgato Video Capture product and play on the camcorder and set the software to record. Once it's done the video file will be on your computer ready for you to use.
    My Macs: Late 2013 rMBP w/ 750m, 16Gig ram; 2013 Mac Pro 6 core w/ D700, 16Gig Ram; Mac mini G4, 1.25 GHz, 512m ram (server); Late 2011 11" MBA, 1.8GHz i7, 4Gig Ram, 256Gig SSD, HD3000; Powerbook 12" G4 1.33GHz running Linux; Apple TV (1080p version)

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    Member Since
    Jul 17, 2010
    Mac Book Pro 15inch
    cheers for that, i've had a butchers though and its bloody expensive for what it is, plus i only have around 3 tapes that need transferring over (never used it that much!!) any chance anyone knows of a cheaper way??

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    Jan 22, 2010
    Victoria, BC
    Mid-2012 MBP (16GB, 1TB HD), Monoprice 24-inch second monitor, iPhone 5s 32GB, iPad Air 2 64GB
    If you only have three tapes that need transferring, I'd see if there are any video duplication services in town that will do that for you. You'll get better results that way anyway, since they use much more professional-level equipment.

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