Hi there ;-D
The system that you will be buying will have enough ROM and Megs of Ram for you to work with. I have a iMac w/superdrive and have done some editing from VHS to DVD. Using iMovie which is very easy to use. So I will try and give you the basis and hopefully with trial and error you will at least be able to some importing to your computer desktop.
So here goes it.
To import the footage from old videotapes into you Mac, you'll need a MiniDV camcorder with pass-through features (if you don't have one. You would transfer video from the VHS recorder to your MiniDV camcorder then to the Mac desktop) or an analog-to-digital converter. To set up your transfer station, connect your VCR 's video output to the video input of your camcorder or converter box. If your hardware supports an S-Video connection, use that instead of composite video (which is the yellow phone jacks).
Next, run audio cables from your VCR's audio outputs (which is the white and red phone jacks) to the audio inputs of your camcorder or converter box.
finally, connect the camcorder's or converter box's FireWire jack to the FireWire on you Mac.
If your're using a MiniDV camcorder to convert your video, you may need to adjust a menu setting to activate its pass-through features. Once everything is connected, turn on each device, open a new iMovie project, and begin importing your footage.
If your still having trouble, there's an article from Macworld magazine June 2004 which show you a complete step-by-step guide, p.68
Hope that will help you out
Mac & PC User
We have about 70 VHS tapes that are up to 17 years old and need to convert them to DVD's to reduce the risk of age degradation. At some point we want to edit them, as well.
We are contemplating buying an iMac G5 with 768 Megs of RAM and 160 Gigs of ROM with the attendent hardware and software needed.
Does anyone have any experience with this equipment in coverting VHS tapes to DVD's?
Does the amount of RAM and ROM seem sufficent?
Our plan is to transfer all the VHS tapes to DVD's and then from there, later on edit the raw DVD's into short and interesting DVD's.
Appreciate that this will use up some 70 DVD's for the raw data- but once all the raw data is on the DVD's we can resell the hardware for coverting the VHS's plus deep store the VHS's which would be convenient space wise.
Any pitfalls in this program that we haven't foreseen?
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