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Analog Videotape conversion digital

I'm trying to convert Analog Videotape to digital and transfer it to Mac OSX 10.5.3 from Hitachi VHS/DVD combo using Pinnacle Video Capture for Mac.
Problem 1. I cannot find video and audio OUT sockets on the combo. The yellow, white and red female sockets on the front of the Hitachi are  labeled Video IN and audio (Left and and Right) IN.
Problem 2. I cannot locate a triple cable —three male, yellow, white and red sockets at each end.

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  • nicksharkey Jun 20, 2008

    Thank you, Thank you,Thank you! Your very straightforward stimulating, father-like advice sent this old man rocketing to PC World along with his big son who pointed him in the direction of a scart VHS adaptor for my Pinnacle Video Capture hardware which then converts the analog to digital and plops in into iTunes as an MPEG. Long may you reign! Nick Sharkey

  • nicksharkey Jun 21, 2008

    It sure was helpful. I'm most grateful to a wonderful team. I shall heartily recommend this site to my friends and fellow octogenarian technosemiliterates!.

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  • nicksharkey Jun 21, 2008

    I purchased a scart to cable adaptor which I connected to AV2 scart socket on the back of my Hitachi combo VHS. The adaptor provided me with three female sockets viz yellow white and red which enables me to connect audio video from the VCR to my wonderful little Pinnacle VIDEO CAPTURE FOR MAC hardware which transfers the digitised data to iTunes on my Mac5 Leopard via a USB cable, ready to sync with iPod or Apple TV. The Pinnacle capture hardware includes an MPEG-4 encoder which helps economise on disc space. ? Nick

  • nicksharkey Jun 21, 2008

    Thanks to FixYa's terse but friendly and simple advice to go visit a PC store led me to a Scart-to-Cable adaptor. That solution went to the root of the problem. Now my Pinnacle Video Capture for Mac is able to do what it says it can do, convert analog video to digital and thence into itunes or iPod in MPEG-4 format and, if I wish, to DVD.


    Sincerely,  Nick


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What's the model number of that Hitachi

on #2..any good higher end home entertainment retail center will have those cables..get some that are shielded

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    P.Michael D'Acre Jun 20, 2008

    so, shall we assume it worked?

  • P.Michael D'Acre
    P.Michael D'Acre Jun 21, 2008

    that's fine. glad to hear it..now, how about rating the solution, eh?

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