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Convert your analog videotapes to QuickTime movies
When was the last time you turned on your VHS player? That long ago? Well join the club. As old VHS, 8mm, and other analog video tape join the Betamax, the question that remains is how do you archive all those tapes for future viewing? For Windows users, solutions such as Honestech's VHS to DVD 3.0 Deluxe have been around for a while. Mac users have also had some solutions, but not to the extent that Windows users have.
Roxio has a new product out targeted at Mac users to help you to convert that old analog video tape to digital video format for viewing and archiving. Called Roxio Easy VHS to DVD for Mac, the combination hardware/software solution is comprised of a USB hard device with software that enables you to capture video from any VHS player or video camera that has RCA or S-Video connections, and output the digitized video for playback on a DVD player, computer, iPod, PSP or other video capable device.
The package includes the Roxio Easy VHS to DVD for Mac USB device, the Roxio Toast basic software, USB to composite or S-video cable, and the user guide. The entire package is small enough to fit in your shirt pocket, or notebook computer case, as the USB device is just slightly bigger than a run of the mill USB memory stick. This makes it an ideal portable solution; your only "baggage" would be the VHS player or camcorder.
|Easy VHS to DVD USB hardware|
Set up for the Roxio Easy VHS to DVD for Mac is simple. You connect the USB device to your Mac's USB port, and connect your VHS player with your own composite or S-video cable to the USB device, install and set up the software and you are ready to convert your analog footage to digital.
|The software includes the Easy VHS to DVD Capture software and Toast 9 Basic.|
|Answer the simple questions and your setup is complete.|
|Video is connected via Composite connections|
|For more advanced editing, you can send the finished QuickTime movie file to iMovie.|
Press the play button on your VCR, camcorder, or other video device, and Toast Basic does the rest, complete with a preview monitor to watch your video as it comes into the computer. Once the video is finished, the Finish window prompts you to Send to Toast, Edit with iMovie, or Send to QuickTime Player for playback. That is it. It is really a very simple process. You can then start a new recording if you have more analog videos to convert to digital. One recommendation is to heed the recommended system requirements especially when it comes to hard disk space. Digital Video can quickly fill up your hard drives, so plan accordingly when converting your video tapes to digital.
Roxio's Easy VHS to DVD for Mac is an easy enough to use solution for Mac users who need to unlock precious content that is slowly degrading on VHS, 8mm, Hi8 and those other tape formats of the 1980s and 90s. Like most things Macintosh, set up is a simple connection of cables and a USB hardware device. Once the hardware is plugged in, the software does the rest. If you have a whole bunch of video tapes, now is as good a time as any to get that video into a format that you can enjoy in the digital realm. The video tape degrades rather quickly, and if you have a lot of family videos that were captured during the late 1980s and early 1990s when video tape was the only method for viewing video, Easy VHS to DVD for Mac is a good choice. Roxio Easy VHS to DVD for Mac is priced at $79.95. More information can be found at www.roxio.com.
- Macintosh computer with a Dual Processor PowerPC G5, or Intel processor
- DVD recordable drive for DVD-Video creation
- Mac OS X 10.4 or 10.5
- 512MB RAM
- 15GB free hard disk space recommended
- Available USB 2.0 port
- iMovie HD, '08, or '09
John Virata is senior editor of Digital Media Online. You can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org