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[#] Sun Jun 12 2005 23:18:06 EDT from 2Dog @ Uncensored

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Here are a couple of links that might be (I hope) helpful....

You can even find stuff like this at some Rat-Shacks these days but the quality is suspect. :::::::::

[#] Sun Jun 12 2005 23:26:25 EDT from Erin @ Uncensored

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very cool.

Will these work with the Mac?  Sounds like the latter one might not, if it's asking for an Intel drive.

[#] Mon Jun 13 2005 00:08:19 EDT from 2Dog @ Uncensored

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Well, I don't pretend to be a *technogod* in any case, so I'm not exactly sure.
I deal with audio transfers more than video so I'm probably not the *expert* authority on this.
Hmmm... I'm having a hunch that it would, but not having used it don't take my word for it.
I can provide this info anyways if it will help.......

I have always done business with three popular companies for Mac stuff (in no particular order of preference):
Technical Support

Phone: 800.383.4239
Hours: 24 hours a day - 7 days a week
Mac Sales
Phone: 1-800-454-3686
Hours: M-F: 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. PST
Sat: 7a.m. to 6 p.m. PST

MacMall Sales 1-800-MACMALL
Hours: 24 hours, 7 days a week

MacMall Technical Support 1-800-760-0300
Hours: 6:00am to 5:00 pm (Pacific Time)

All of their email response is very good but there is the waiting period.
If you have the time to call and talk to one of their reps live, simply tell them what
equipment you are wanting to hook up to what computer/OS to import into iMovie
and they will fix you up. Then all you have to do is write down the figures and choose
who you want to buy from. Simple as that.

Now in this community I believe there are other Mac users with vastly more experience
tranferring video. So you may want to wait for some input from them. Good luck on your project!

[#] Mon Jun 13 2005 00:16:15 EDT from Peter Pulse @ Uncensored

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Ok, this might be a stupid idea, given how cheap the adapter you need sells for these days... But one option you have is, if you own or can borrow a mini-dv camcorder, you can copy the VHS tapes onto mini-dv. Then use firewire to copy digitally from the mini-dv camcorder to the Mac. This will take twice as long, but has the advantage of leaving you with mini-dv copies of your original tapes. Plus the camcorder will probably digitize the video with better quality than you might get otherwise.

[#] Mon Jun 13 2005 01:00:10 EDT from kc5tja @ Uncensored

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I'm curious: what exactly is a "vhs" cable? :)

[#] Mon Jun 13 2005 09:04:37 EDT from Erin @ Uncensored

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VHS cable is an RCA cable.

Yeah, I checked out my mini dv camera and there's no RCA port.  HOWEVER, the salesman at te Sony outlet added an RCA cable to my package, so I'm going over there today to raise some questions.

I'll give those Mac stores a call, too.  Eventually I need to burn these onto a DVD format, so I will be investing in a burner, and hopefully I can get two machines in one.

[#] Mon Jun 13 2005 09:58:43 EDT from Peter Pulse @ Uncensored

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VHS cable is an incorrect term, you won't find anything that way. The cable is an "RCA" cable yes. The signal on is is "Composite Video". Has nothing to do with VHS.. the same signal comes out of DVD players, cable boxes, TV cameras and a lot of other things. So what you want is a device that takes a composite video input and connects to your mac with USB or Firewire.

[#] Mon Jun 13 2005 10:19:43 EDT from Animal @ Uncensored

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Sony doesn't have RCA jacks on their cams, they use a 1/8" jack (Same as headphones) with an extra connector that runs video, audio L/R, and GND.
My parents canon does the same thing iirc. A little less space required for that, you just need their cable to hook it up. The cable comes with the cam though.

[#] Mon Jun 13 2005 10:32:03 EDT from athos-mn @ Uncensored

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I've seen several boxes that accept RCA and SVHS inputs - I think the trick will be iMovie; I've never used it, but remember in the early versions at least that it didn't accept movies from just any old input device. It couldn't hurt to check with a sales droid before buying it.

[#] Mon Jun 13 2005 10:34:51 EDT from Erin @ Uncensored

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Well that sucks.  WTF is the point of giving you an RCA cable with your camera if there's no port to plug it into?  *grumbles*

I called Apple and they quoted me some ungodly amounts of  money for a  *grabs paper* "Analog to DV converter" and a "storage DVR", they suggest a dual layer on the latter.

A friend suggested if I had an RCA port on the mini DV camera to use that to transfer the VHS footage, then import it into iMovie.  Then i could just purchase a regular TV DVR and burn the discs that way.  That's be much more affordable but without the RCA port on the camera looks like I have another investment to deal with.

[#] Mon Jun 13 2005 10:37:12 EDT from Peter Pulse @ Uncensored

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It very well might have the right input, but you just need to use the right cable.

[#] Mon Jun 13 2005 11:26:20 EDT from athos-mn @ Uncensored

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Don't get Apple's - there are much cheaper (a couple hundred bucks) ones out there.

[#] Tue Jun 14 2005 01:24:41 EDT from penguinkraft @ Uncensored

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Can anyone tell me why I can't connect to the comcast cable network from my iBook?

I was on the comcast tech support line for 2 hours tonight, and nothing they said helped (actually, they offered no insight into why this might not be working) and I had already tried everything they suggested.

[#] Tue Jun 14 2005 17:34:27 EDT from alex snow @ Uncensored

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someone's offering me a Quadra 800. all I know is it's got 2 250mb disks in it. Is this machine worth taking? I'm probably going to use it for playing with linux/m68k.

[#] Tue Jun 14 2005 23:06:53 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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I'm not sure Linux 68k will even fit on a machine that small anymore.

[#] Tue Jun 14 2005 23:37:10 EDT from athos-mn @ Uncensored

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There were some PPC upgrades for the Quadra - is it a tower?

[#] Wed Jun 15 2005 03:24:48 EDT from kc5tja @ Uncensored

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Get larger harddrives, and Linux will run just fine. Or, don't install X11, and it will continue to run just fine. How much RAM does it have?

[#] Wed Jun 15 2005 08:58:25 EDT from alex snow @ Uncensored

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It's a tower. I'm not really sure about ram or's a system that was getting thrown out by an organization, someone took it, then didn't have the room for it so asked me if I wanted it.
I think debian for m68k will fit on that. I don't plan to use x11 on it (I don't even think I have a mac monitor).

[#] Wed Jun 15 2005 10:12:46 EDT from athos-mn @ Uncensored

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There are still plenty of mac custome pinout-to-vga converters. There was a ton of expansion options for the Quadra towers, although you might have to scavange eBay or places like Shrieve Systems for them.

[#] Fri Jun 17 2005 17:35:15 EDT from alex snow @ Uncensored

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Got the Quadra almost running here. turns out it's got 32mb ram and 1gb over 2 disks. only problem is networking...did they make converters to go from aaui to something usable like standard aui? I have a couple of converters that will take it from aui to ethernet but nothing for the mac proprietary connecter. how hard would something like that be to find?

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