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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?
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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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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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What is MBP? And how does the video capture card...

...work? 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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MacBook Pro

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

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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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Thanks, fantastic. I'll give it a whirl and let you know how it works out!
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