My baby girl turns 17 this summer. I just discovered about 25 DV tapes of her 1st 2 years. Since I no longer have the camera (no idea where or when I parted with it), any suggestions for how to transfer the videos? Another Canon camcorder perhaps? Any other alternatives? Thanks in advance. Kevin in TX (THAT dad...)
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I would look into a service that could provide digital files (e.g. H.264. Bonus points if they could also provide H.265)
The main reason is that you'd need most likely need a FireWire 400 cable and either a very old computer, or a computer capable of working with a FireWire capture card. The only time I was successful with this was with an old Mac Pro (circa 2007) that had a FireWire 400 port on it. I used iMovie to capture the footage (play on the camera, then record in iMovie). This was also a lengthy process as it was in real time. i.e. to injest 1 hour of footage, it would take 1 hour. I then used Apple's Compressor application to take the injested footage and output to H.264
If you do have such a setup, you could try it. But with the quantity of tapes you have (assuming 30 mins each), that would be around 12 hours total just to injest. A service could save you lots of time and frustration.
Sincere thanks for your detailed reply. I literally just got rid of a MacBook and iMac last summer that would’ve had the capability to do this. I, however, would not have had the patience to see this project through. Thanks again RS-EOS.
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