If you can afford it, I highly recommend the Matrox MXO2 Mini for about $500. They have a Mini MAX version for about $1000 that has highly accelerated H.264 export. It comes with a breakout box that has anolog ins and outs, as well as HDMI out for a program monitor.
Not a Pr question, so I moved it to the hardware forum.
Thanks, Jerry--sorry for the inconvenience.
O.K., thanks very much Bill--I read a few of your articles and, of course, they were very helpful.
But it's what I was afraid of: spending $150 or more for a device I won't be using all that much. Then again, a few years ago, I had a pro take a few of the 8 mm tapes for DVD conversion and it costs several hundred dollars.
ebay doesn't look much better than new, as far as I can tell.
Any other suggestions for the mold issue?
O.K., question about a few of the devices:
I found the ADS Pyro A/V Link on amazon, but I'm a bit confused between these:
Is the first one just an older version of the second? (The ADS web site doesn't seem to list the first one.) If so, would the older, cheaper, used model be O.K.?
If I were you I would first try your VHS and 8mm cameras, to see what you've got to work with. Try old tapes that you won't be using. If you haven't used the devices for quite a while you might have to clean the heads and maybe the rollers. The tapes are probably okay unless they were stored in unpleasant conditions. If the hardware you have doesn't work for you then you have a decision to make, how much is it worth to do what you want. Because you will definitely have to get equipment that plays the tapes, and that will be about $200 for a used 8mm camera, and I don't know what a vhs deck costs these days. Do you know anyone that you can borrow from?
I think you make excellent points. It seems what I really need is the S-VHS player with S-Video Out to send the analog VHS signal. I just found out my brother has a camcorder that will accept S-Video cables, so the tapes could be coverted and recorded right on his camera.
But you're right in that a new digital camera/camcorder is something to look into--especially since one of my teenagers just expressed interest in video editing at dinner tonight!
Hopefully, my old 8 mm player will play....if I can ever find it! (Dang kids these days!)....
Question for Bill or others regarding ADS Pyro A/V Link:
In Bill's article: Analog Signal to Digital a Primer he recommneds the ADS Pryo A/V Link and the hyperlink brings you to their web site and their latest version, the API-558 (or 557 on Amazon).
However, there is still the AVI-550 version out there and it's more in my price range.
Can anyone tell me if the 550 is up to your specifications and still a good product vs. the newer 558 or 557?
Both Amazon and Newegg (if Newegg has that item) have user ratings