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Steve Kownacki
Re: MiniDV Tape onto computer
on Apr 25, 2018 at 12:21:04 pm

Just use something simple like Quicktime.

The big issue with firewire is that if there is any dropout of signal, QT will stop recording while the tape keeps rolling. Old tapes have issues. Or if shot by consumers/amateurs who start and stop the recording, or ejected the tape so you don't have constant sync, you need to babysit the transfer as QT will stop with every issue.

I also use one of these https://www.elgato.com/en/video-capture to capture s-video. Cool thing with this is that it keeps on capturing no matter what. From a time standpoint, put a 60 min tape in and check it later to delete all the non-video segments. Way better use of your time that with the firewire issues above. Unless they are paying full rate for you to sit around.

miniDV is only 720x480, if not shot under ideal conditions, can look like crap. No need to capture at too high a resolution/bitrate. Are you planning on upscaling to use in an HD project?

Ah, your cam has analog component out too. I also have a USB3 version BlackMagic Intensity Shuttle, but never got it to work on MAC. Maybe the new 3.1 version does. Also not sure if the recordings will stop at loss of signal.

Steve





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