Ok, so I have always primarily gotten all my surfing captured on 35mm zoom len's and still shots. For the past 4 years, I have had a Video Camera. It has great zoom and resolution etc. It is a "DV" cam, meaning that all of the video gets recorded onto the mini-DV tapes.
So, I have lik 5 tapes full of surf footage from the past couple of years. I am ready to start getting all of the footage converted over to my laptop, so I can start putting together some AM. Video stuff.
So here is my question: What exactly do I need to get all of thhese tapes converted to digital formats on my Lap Top... A buddy of mine gave me his "Firewire" cable to hook to my new laptop, but I was missing something. I guess I need a firewire adapter or something to hook to the computer, then hook the cable to that?
Can someone just explain exactly what I need to get this footage off these tapes??? I have tons of video software, I have Adobe CS4 Master Collection and a few other video apps, so I am good there, I just need to get the video on my computer....
Any help could be sweet!
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Thread: Need Video Help
Jan 24, 2010, 04:12 AM #1
Need Video Help
Jan 24, 2010, 04:45 AM #2
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Maybe I can help
Software is another biggie- PC's have Avid, Premiere, as the flagships, and Vegas as the chevrolet version of editing software. Macs generally rely on FCP and Premiere, but the pedestrian version of software for a Mac is iMovie which has its own set of idiosyncracies. But it's only like $59 if you buy it through http://www.apple.com/education/store and you can prove that you are a student.
If this hasn't scared you off, feel free to pick my brain some more via e-mail: MDSurfer@comcast.net
Cheaper is not always better, but then neither is more expensive gear or software. And I forgot to mention that Macs come with iMovie pre-loaded as part of their iLife Bundle of software.
Last edited by MDSurfer; Jan 24, 2010 at 04:49 AM.
Jan 24, 2010, 05:00 AM #3
I have Premiere CS4, and some ULead thing and another one. So, software is no problem. That is taken care of...
I just need to know exactly what hardware I need, and yse, in the future, I will probably get a nicer camera etc... but for now, I have 5 years worth of footage all on DV tapes....
So, my main concern now is just tranfering the video. I have used flash to build video for years, so I am assuming the editing process is similar...
So basically, I have a 6 month old HP laptop, not sure if has the firewire 6 pin thing or whatever, but even if it doesnt, can't I purchase a USB version of that?
So, really I need:
1) Firewire USB adapter for my laptop.
2) Firewire cable, to connect to the camera.... I am pretty sure the camera has the firewire port, but even if it doesnt, my buddy has teh same kind of JVC camera that does have it, so I can put my tapes in his cam and do it that way....
But generally speaking, that should get me started... Plus a ton of HD space.
I have only about 55 gigs free now, so that wont be enough for 5 90 minute tapes....
go onto google and search handbreak. download it and it can convert any basic video file to a file to use in an editing system. im guessing your video files are m4p's?
Jan 24, 2010, 01:36 PM #6
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Just keep in mind. . .
That it's more about processor speed and reliability than how recently you purchased it, and with any system, it's only as reliable as the connections you make. Adapters are notoriously unreliable, maybe cost effective, but unreliable nonetheless. Desktop machines typically have much more capacity and processor speed than do laptops. Laptops are just conveniently mobile. Plug in a few peripherals and you might as well have a desktop machine that's much faster and more reliable.
Jan 24, 2010, 05:05 PM #7
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Jan 24, 2010, 05:09 PM #9
So again, if cables are unreliable, I am dont for whatever, but no one has explained anyway to get these DV video files onto a computer other than using all these firewire thingies.