Post-Production : Mini DV Tapes-transfer to computer by Lauren Lindsey

Lauren Lindsey

Mini DV Tapes-transfer to computer

Hello, I'm not sure if anyone reads this forum but I am trying to find information on transferring some film from mini-div tapes to a computer to edit. This is my first project. Thanks!

Richard Strong

What sort of information?

Lauren Lindsey

hello Richard, I am trying to transfer the footage on some mini dv tapes to a computer so I can edit it. is there a way to do that without a camera? thanks!

Richard Strong

Yes, but you'll need a tape deck connected to a computer in order to digitise the footage. Final Cut, Premiere Pro and Avid will all recognise external tape decks and will be able to capture and convert your footage to your computer. Tape decks aren't cheap so it may be easier if you knew someone locally who had access to one, or alternatively (this is something you've already discounted) you could find an old mini DV camera and try and use that as a make-shift tape deck.

Omar Brown

Do you know if you have a local community television station in your area or someone you know who works at one. They might still have mini-dv decks that can be use to transfer your footage to a hard drive.

Keith Lopez

Wish I could help Lauren, I don't know enough to be able to help:( Hope someone comes forward...

Lauren Lindsey

I don't have the camera. The person who filmed it has it and they are in a different state, where I filmed it. I moved from that state and am now needing a camera to use so I can transfer it to a computer. Thanks for the info and help guys

Sean A Taylor

You could rent one for a day. Just make sure you get a FireWire to connect Mini DV camera to computer.

Nik Meinzer

If you're in the Richmond metro area there is a guy by the name of Guy Spiller who specializes in tape to digital transfer. Just Google him. You might be able to mail your tapes in and have him do the transfer.

Lauren Lindsey

I am in the Kansas City area. I currently have 50$ to my name as I dont have a job. Unfortunately renting rich now is not an option.

Richard Strong

The above method is convoluted. If you have access to a Mini DV camera then connect it directly to a computer (google it to figure that out) and digitise it that way. If you don't have money then you'll have to borrow and/or beg.

Lauren Lindsey

I got them transfered/captured. Thanks guys for all your help. Now I have to figure how to edit them haha!!

Omar Brown

If you have a computer, check out this website - www.lwks.com. It has a powerful pro/free film and broadcast editor. I use this pro version for my corporate video clients and my short film projects.

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