First you need an 8mm projector and a digital video camera. Digital is not essential but it will cut out the conversion of Analog to Digital step.
Next you need some form of kit that enables the video camera to record the picture being shown by the projector. There are kits available for this. Basically it is a square tunnel that bends at right angles about halfway along. At the bend there is a mirror which turns the picture around the corner and reverses the image. At the other end of the tunnel, there is a translucent screen on the rear of which, the picture is projected. Viewed from the other side, the picture is correctly orientated. That's the simple explanation, there are some very sophisticated devices out there.
Set the camera to focus on the screen and begin recording. If you did get the digital camera, and it has a Firewire connection, connect it to the firewire port on the G5. Fire up iMovie and suck down the movie in real time. Video takes a HUGE amount of HD space.
If you did not get a digital camera, you will need to convert the analog video into digital. There are a number of devices that will do that. I have had success with a product by Dazzle that takes Analog video in, via RCA cables, and puts out Digital via a firewire cable. iMovie recognises the device as a Digital Camera.
Once the Video is inside the G5, manipulate it with iMovie until you are satisfied with it. Fire up iDVD and bring the iMovie into iDVD. Create your DVD in iDVD and, when you are happy with the result, burn it to DVD from iDVD.
It actually takes longer than that
Hope this helps
Ok guys and gals, I can use your help on this one. How can I get my old super 8 movies from 35 - 40 years ago transferred to a DVD on my Imac G5 ??? If it can be done, what do I need to purchase to get the job done?