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File Size Issue While Digitizing VHS thru TV Max

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Newb. MAC Pro, OS X 10.4.8

Recently purchased a Miglia TV Max to digitize old VHS tapes. TV Max lets you choose between MPEG 2, MPEG 4 and DIVX recording formats. I recorded several VHS (typical 2 hour movie) tapes to my hard drive no problem, but the file sizes are a whopping 21 GB. The recording format I selected was MPEG 4 standard which, according to Miglia, should have taken up 1.8 GB per hour of recorded video. Can't copy a 21 GB file to a 4.7 GB disk. TV Max is supposed to do this conversion for you.

Any ideas what I'm doing wrong?

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I'm not familiar with TV Max, but you're capturing at full quality: 21GB is about right for two hours of footage. Is there an option/preference for compression?

You could try running the files through an app such as handbrake, or if you want to edit what you've got, iMovie, to compress them.
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