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What do you need to import your tapes?

What do you need to import your tapes?

For both analog and digital tapes, you need a player to transmit the video, which could either be a camera or a deck device. In addition, if you are capturing analog tapes, you’ll need to purchase or borrow a hardware device that converts the analog format to digital. If your tapes are already digital, then all you need are the right cables to connect your camera to your computer. No matter what type of tape format you have, we’ve put together the best steps to help you capture tapes to your computer. (find your tapes in the list below):

Watch Getting Started Video for MiniDV

Digital8 or D8

  • 1-Your tapes
  • 2-A Digital8 camera
  • 3-Capture software (LifeFlix)
  • 4-A computer (this example is for Macs)
  • 5-A firewire cable that connects your camera directly to your computer (See Mac Connection guide for more information, click here)

Hi8 or Video8

  • 1-Your tapes
  • 2-A Hi8 camera or Digital8 camera
  • 3-An Analog to Digital converter. I recommend VIDBOX Video Conversion for Mac.(Buy Here)
  • 4-Capture software (I recommend using the software that comes with the Elga to hardware)
  • 5- A computer (this example is for Macs)
  • 6-USB connector on the computer (the Elgato device connects to the computer’s USB port)

MiniDV (see diagram below)

  • 1-Your tapes
  • 2-A MiniDV camera (See more information on how to get a camera, click here)
  • 3-Capture software (LifeFlix)
  • 4-A computer (this example is for Macs)
  • 5-A firewire cable that connects your camera directly to your computer (See Mac Connection guide for more information, click here)
  • 6- A Firewire (camera connector) to Thunderbolt (computer connector) adapter
    • a-Firewire (IEEE 1394 9 Pin to 4 Pin).Buy on Amazon
    • b-Apple Fire wire to Thunder bolt adapter. Buy Here

HDV & DVCAM

Same as MiniDV process.

  • MiniDV Camera
  • CamCador
  • Computer Connect to Camera (Firewire 9 pin to 4 pin)
  • Connect toThunderbolt 3 (Thunderbolt 2 to Thunderbolt 3)
  • Connect to Computer (Firewire to thunderbolt)