Posted 15 February 2010 - 10:55 AM
Posted 15 February 2010 - 12:51 PM
I'm sorry, its just not possible to use this to get the same kind of quality you would get with Firewire transfer.
Posted 15 February 2010 - 03:28 PM
Easy VHS to DVD is capturing from analog camcorders.
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Posted 15 February 2010 - 03:47 PM
If your DV camcorder has Firewire then you can transfer directly from it to your Mac without having to use its analog output. You may even be able to use the Toast 9 Basic to do this capture. Choose DVD-video in the Toast Video window, connect your camcorder via Firewire and turn the camera on to playback mode. Toast should show the camcorder along with controls to play, advance and rewind the tape. Toast will recognize the anamorphic 16:9 format used by the camcorder. When finished Toast can encode and burn that video to DVD. Roxio calls it plug & play and there should be info in Toast Help.
If you are stuck with copying using the camcorder's analog output then I think you can set the camcorder to play the video in its 4:3 format so the video looks horizontally squished. When you place the resulting video in Toast, you can go to the custom encoder settings window and force the aspect ratio to be 16:9. I haven't tried this but it is plausible that it can work. But you need to capture the video to the Mac in the 4:3 squished format if using the Easy VHS to DVD for Mac if you want to ultimately see it in its anamorphic 16:9 ratio again.
Posted 16 February 2010 - 09:21 PM
Edited by rege, 16 February 2010 - 09:30 PM.
Posted 17 February 2010 - 06:44 AM
You've raised an issue that I haven't experimented with using this device so I'm doing a lot of reasoned guessing. The fact that you couldn't get the 16:9 capture when playing the video in the camera's 16:9 mode tells me the Roxio device does not look for the anamorphic trigger. If it did, it still would be capturing as a 4:3 video but including the trigger that causes it to play back as 16:9. That's why I think my suggestion will work.
I once recorded a cable TV program that the channel played as a horizontally squished 4:3 and then used Toast to force the 16:9 format on the video DVD. That worked. The only downside is the menu thumbnail image was 4:3. That's why I'm hopeful this will work for you.
Have you Googled to see if there are tips for how to extract video from your Sony camcorder to a Mac without having to use the analog transfer?
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