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    Sep 27, 2010
    Hi-8 to mac video transfer
    I am looking to transfer some of my old Hi-8 format tapes to a digital format on my macbook pro. Any advice on the best way to do this. I have toast, I movie and final cut express as my software. Also any good leads on cables. Do they make a RCA to usb3 or Rca to firewire 800 cable that would work better?
    Thanks for any advice.

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    Dec 22, 2006
    Texas, where else?
    15" MBP '06 2.33 C2D 4GB 10.7; 13" MBA '14 1.8 i7 8GB 10.11; 21" iMac '13 2.9 i5 8GB 10.11; 6S
    You are going to need a piece of hardware known as a "video capture card".

    Would suggest your first look be at ElGato - link.
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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
    Actually, if you can find a Hi-8 video camera, you could pop the tape in and transfer it directly through the Firewire (or as Sony insists on calling it, "i-link") port to your MBP and straight into iMovie.

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    Member Since
    Aug 29, 2011
    What is MBP? And how does the video capture card... I have a lot of tapes, I still have my sony 8mm player. I want to be able to transfer these tapes to digital, but the problem I keep having is this: can you edit after the films are digitized, or not? Basically, I want to be able to get all my old 8mm tapes on to digital, so I can then edit them, lablel them, title them, etc.. Thanks

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    Nov 29, 2010
    Warrington, UK
    PPC Mini, 10.4.11. Intel Mini, 10.6.8. MacBook Pro, 10.10.5. iPhone 3GS.
    What is MBP?
    MacBook Pro

    And how does the video capture card work
    Connect this: Video Capture | to your Mac.
    Connect your 8mm tape player to the Video Capture, and follow the instructions that come with it.

    can you edit after the films are digitized, or not?
    Yes. the Video Capture produces video files that can be imported and edited with iMovie.

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    Member Since
    Aug 29, 2011
    Thanks, fantastic. I'll give it a whirl and let you know how it works out!

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