Analog video conversion

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Analog video conversion

Postby Ldooche on 10/9/2014, 2:50 pm

hello, What does everybody use to convert either old VCR tapes or 8mm tapes? I just want exactly what is on my tapes to be in the computer in Premiere.

I'm looking at these converters - are they worth it? or is there a better/cheaper way. ... ensity+Pro
This one says "Requires x58 based computer or better" - not sure what they mean here. ... ds=canopus ... ds=canopus

I need something that can create a quality file to use in Premiere (AVI or QT).

Thanks, LD
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Re: Analog video conversion

Postby MotionGraphics ab on 10/9/2014, 3:11 pm

Then only one I'd suggest from that list is the Grass Valley/Canopus 77010150100 ADVC110 Converter but do you have a Firewire port that is compatible?

The Black Magic unit requires very specific hardware that you probably don't have so definitely don't get that one.

Depending on your specific quality requirements, the alternative to your suggestions that I've done in the past is buy second hand or borrow a DVD recorder and VHS player and cable from one to the other and record to DVD, then digitize the DVD for use in Premiere Pro. Often is far easier and cheaper option.

There is an all in one DVD/VHS recorder on Amazon I just found for $150 which is less than any of those units, but also look on eBay/ask friends as well ... WX587YHJ58
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Re: Analog video conversion

Postby al board on 10/10/2014, 4:24 am

I would not recommend recording your footage to DVD and then importing it to Premiere since you'll lose a lot of quality. You could try to get your hands on a camera with a built-in A/D-converter. I use a Canon XH A1 for stuff like this and it works great.
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