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post #1 of 4 Old 01-22-2013, 11:05 PM - Thread Starter
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Does anyone know if I can convert old Hi8 tapes via this Sony camcorder's Firewire port into a 2011 iMAC? I know the camcorder will convert the analog tape into digital format but I am concerned that my iMAC won't recognize the data. I read someone else tried this with an older OS and couldn't get the 2 to talk.
My alternate approach was to use the Canopus 110 hardware but I would prefer to use a Digital 8 camcorder and get a useful camera out of it.

I have not yet purchased the camcorder but do own the iMAC with Lion 10.8


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This is an extremely specific question: the odds of someone else here having the same iMac running OS 10.8, the same Sony TRV340 camcorder, and the same need to convert analog tapes with it are rather small. This is likely to be a case where you are just going to have to give it a try yourself, and report back here on your success or failure. Try to buy the camcorder from a seller who takes returns, so you can get your money back if the setup fails.

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Regarding Lion, its a gigantic PITA "upgrade" that pretty much killed Mac compatibility with everything that had previously worked: hardware and software. If you know someone who tried this with the previous, more-compatible OS 10.5 or 10.6, and it didn't work for them, it is almost 100% guaranteed it will not work with Lion 10.7 or 10.8.

Aside from the "Lion" fiasco, Mac and Windows connection to camcorders is often similar. The video software and hardware is usually optimized to control and import from camcorders loaded with digital tapes or SD cards. When used as pass-thru to digitize external VCR input, or to digitize analog 8mm tapes on the fly, the camera communication with the computer may not be as dependable or useful.
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Just go for the Canopus.
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The short answer is yes. The long answer is yes, if you have an A/V software app that recognizes the device and can import the video. I dumped a few Hi8 tapes using the Sony GV-D200 and the digital video (in .avi container) looked pretty good. I was using a PC though, and I forget what software I used to import the video. It might have been a trial of Adobe Premiere or Sony Vegas.
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