Hi8 tape transfer
I need to connect my Canon Hi8 camcorder to my iMac with an S-video cable. I have been to an Apple Store but with no luck. Have you any clue to where I could purchase such a cable? Tony Sherrington Hi8 is an analogue videotape format; a cable by itself won’t be enough to get the footage into your iMac because the iMac needs digital video. To convert between them, you need a USB capture device. This, plus some conversion software running on the Mac will turn the analogue signals from your tapes into .mp4 files.
USB capture devices are fairly cheap – Amazon has a Mac-compatible one from Climax Digital, that has everything you need for £20. You’ll always lose a small amount of image quality in the conversion process, but use the S-video output on your camcorder as that will give better results than ordinary composite video.