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  • Digitizing DVcam tapes

  • Roger Sherman

    April 6, 2022 at 8:40 pm

    I have a Sony DSR 45A deck that I’d like to use to digitize old DVcam tapes.
    I believe I have the right cables but I don’t have a dedicated monitor for the deck and I don’t know what to do to record the tapes when I get it connected to my M-1 Mac.

    Thanks for your suggestions.

  • Mads Nybo jørgensen

    April 6, 2022 at 9:13 pm

    Hey Roger,

    On my (PAL) set-up I capture the tapes first, and then check on the Mac Mini whether the files play back OK.

    I use a Blackmagic UltraStudio 4K (with software) to convert the SDI signal from VTR, to a Mac Mini M1, with the Thunderbolt as the connector to the Mac.

  • Roger Sherman

    April 6, 2022 at 9:19 pm

    thanks. I guess simply connecting cables would not work?

    how do you capture?

  • Mads Nybo jørgensen

    April 6, 2022 at 9:34 pm

    No, you will need to have a device in the middle that will convert the DV-Cam signal (Analogue/FireWire/SDI) to a digital stream that the Apple can record. A mix of hardware for the real-time conversion, and software to record the stream.

    I would expect the hardware to have software included.

    The key point to work out, is whether it is just for yourself, or whether you’ll want to use the footage. In my case, I have over 200 Betacam SP and DV-Cam master tapes that I want put on a hard-drive. I capture in a High Quality format, and down-convert that to MP4 for storage.

    Depending on how many tapes you have and how sensitive the footage is, you may find it more cost-effective to find a local facility to do the job for you.
    Or consider getting an old DVD-Recorder out and play the tapes onto DVD. And, then rip the DVD onto your Mac.

  • Roger Sherman

    April 6, 2022 at 9:43 pm

    Much appreciated.

  • Andreas Kiel

    April 8, 2022 at 3:03 pm

    As mentioned above a Blackmagic UltraStudio Mini or Blackmagic UltraStudio mini 4k would do the job

    A used old MacBook with FireWire could work as well.

    If quality matters I would prefer the UltraStudio since the Apple FW conversion/codec isn’t the very best.

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