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Old 09-12-2004, 07:50 PM
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is a Mac really better for making DVDs?

I have a couple dozen 8mm videotapes I'd like to trasnfer to DVD. Folks I know who've done this on PC platforms say it takes from 3 to 8 hours of work to get an hour's worth of playback. Plus the success rate is low - all that invested effort to discover that the last 20 minutes has blank video. Do Macs make simple work of this? If so, what is the oldest Mac I should consider? Oh, I want a DVD I can play on any DVD player, not just on a computer. I don't need the best image quality. Broadcast TV quality is good enough for me.

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Old 09-12-2004, 09:50 PM
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I have a couple dozen 8mm videotapes I'd like to trasnfer to DVD. Folks I know who've done this on PC platforms say it takes from 3 to 8 hours of work to get an hour's worth of playback. Plus the success rate is low - all that invested effort to discover that the last 20 minutes has blank video. Do Macs make simple work of this? If so, what is the oldest Mac I should consider? Oh, I want a DVD I can play on any DVD player, not just on a computer. I don't need the best image quality. Broadcast TV quality is good enough for me.

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I've never done that on either platform. One of my colleagues did video copying of archived stuff on a PC and whined in frustration all the time. His brother lent him an iMac using native software and my colleague said he got done in an hour what it used to take him a couple hours on a PC with proprietary software. He bought a G4 and has done all his vid stuff on there ever since. I don't know why, but that's what happened. I hope I never have to know why.
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