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Software to convert analog family vhs to 64 bit digital

Jan 14, 2020 11:47AM PST

I'm wanting to save old family movies on VHS to the computer. I have a MacBook Pro which is 64 bit. Is there any software out there for me?

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Jan 14, 2020 11:56AM PST

The mac and the OS might be 64 bit, but movies, even after conversion, aren't.

The usual way to do this is to use a hardware device called a DVD-recorder that accepts input from your old VHS camera via one of its video outputs. That's what I did 15 years ago or so. Worked fine.

To use any conversion program on your Mac, you first must be able to view it without recording. How do (plan to) connect your VHS camera to your Mac, and what program on your Mac are you using (or planning to use) to view your movies?

If you don't have the necessary hardware, it's best to have it done by some company offering such a service.

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Jan 14, 2020 3:44PM PST

Thank you for your reply. I also did realize this was an option. However I have some special videos that I want to edit on the computer. Do you know of any app that deals with 64 bit?

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Kees summed it up nicely.
Jan 14, 2020 12:25PM PST

I continue to use a pair of gear to get this done.

1. Kees notes that the video is what it is. That is, 64 bit digital doesn't come into play here.
2. I use a common VCR player and my old Philips DVR. This one:
https://www.amazon.com/Philips-DVDR3576H-Recorder-160GB-Built/dp/B0013WM0BQ
I can only guess why it's that much money but it was far cheaper long ago.

As to software, sorry, but you need hardware to do this with a computer. I can write that using a Mac or PC is painful as you have hours of watching over the capture. I found the VCR to DVR to make this far less work.

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