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Analog video to ieee 1394

by pretensky / March 21, 2007 9:14 AM PDT

My son wants to transfer VHS tapes into his Mac so he can edit them with iMovie. Are there any reasonably priced Composite video to IEEE1394 converters available?

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Hint: Many camcorders do this.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 21, 2007 9:59 AM PDT

It could be the easy way.


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video conversion
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / March 21, 2007 10:26 AM PDT

What you are trying to do is convert analog video to digital video. IEEE1394 (Firewire) is just the means of transporting the converted video to the Mac.
There have been a number of discussions about this subject recently.

If you have a digital movie camera, it almost certainly has a IEEE1394 connection on it. It may also have RCA Video connections. A look at the manual may reveal that it is possible to use the camera as a analog to digital convertor.

You may also want to take a look at They sell analog to digital convertors that use IEEE1394 connections.


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i know!
by The_Dude7 / April 1, 2007 12:04 AM PDT

most video camera's(the good ones) that are digital have a analog pass through for you to do stuff like that. but if you don't i would suggest the Data Video DAC-200 its a by-directional analog-digital converter. yes it is a little steep in price but it is worth it.

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Analog video to ieee 1394
by pretensky / April 1, 2007 6:28 AM PDT
In reply to: i know!

Thanks to everyone for your help. My son does indeed have a digital video camera with that capability. He just didn't think he could use it that way. You should have seen the look on his face when I told him about it....Thanks again

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(NT) Glad we could help
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / April 1, 2007 8:12 AM PDT
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