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Analog Video to Mac. Please help. I want to play an analog video on a VCR which is in one room, capture it to the Canopus ADVC , disconnect the Canopus from the VCR, connect the Canopus to my computer in another room, and transfer the captured video from the Canopus to the computer.

The instruction book makes NO sense whatsoever. How do I even know when I'm capturing? What light is supposed to be on, the "Analog In," or the "Status"? Assuming I do capture the video, how do I get the now-digital file off the Canopus and into the computer? I'm supposed to make some kind of a file in Roxio Toast Titanium and move import?

It's "real cute" how the manual gives a basic sketch of steps A, C, and E, and just expects you to sort of "guess" what steps B and D "might" be and "know" when they're working--I can certainly tell when they're NOT! It's an as-it-happens real-time conversion process. Well, that's a pain. I'll have to time it on the VCR that is attached to the TV--then take another as it happens I do have another, plug it in near the Mac, attach both to the Canopus, have the tape queued to the right place and play it for the right amount of time.

But I'll try it that way, thanks. Second question is, do I do something with the switches on the bottom? Turn one one way to begin the capture and another way to complete it? I have a vague memory of this but not enough to be sure. Appreciate the help. I have the VHS tape cued up to where to start converting. Obviously, since I have no TV monitor near the computer, I timed it to know how many minutes to convert.

I have a VCR attached to the Canopus. The red, yellow, and white cables are connected to the plugs on the front of the VCR and the front of the Canopus. The VCR is plugged into a working electrical socket. The Canopus lights are on as it is attached to the computer with the FireWire.

I set the Canopus input select to analog in. Now, what should I do? Should I open it, or something, to make it appear?

Or is having Toast open the thing to do? Either, neither, both? Toast is not the right program, right? It's only for burning the DVDs after the footage has been captured? How should the switches on the Canopus be set to begin capturing? What lights will go on to let me know the material is being captured successfully?

Will Toast or iMovie do anything to show me the footage is being converted into the application? What switch es should I move to finish capturing? Thanks for any assistance! If no one will give me a little clue as to what to do, I'll just have to go by trial and error and make note of what does not work.

No doubt people are put off by your arrogance and near-racist comments. Come here with the right attitude and you are more likely to get the help you need. I have looked at the QuickStart instructions in the manual and they are easy to read and follow.

You also should spend time learning how to use your Mac. They are easy enough to read if you consider being written in simple language, but where are the instructions of how all the components are meant to work together? All the user does is connect them, and they do the rest by themselves?

It's just too much guesswork. Sometimes life is tough, sometimes easy. If you want to do it yourself, you have to go through the motions of learning A to Z, like everyone else. If that's not your thing, pay someone to do it for you, they should know A to Z already Bird watching seems to be really relaxing :.

Cornelia, the manual is not only easy to read, but it shows how to connect the components. It's all on that QuickStart page. But let's see if I can help. If you are using an AC adapter, then you can use either a 6-pin to 6-pin firewire cable or a 6-pin to 4-pin firewire cable connected to the front of the ADVC Now to your Mac. You need to have iMovie running to capture video. If you can't see iMovie on your dock, in Finder click the Go menu, select Applications, and double-click iMovie.

Once you see the iMovie icon on the dock, right-click it and select "Keep on the dock" or whatever the exact wording is to keep it there. I haven't used iMovie for a while, but from what I remember, once it is running, then when you plug the firewire cable into your Mac, the capture window will pop up ready for you to capture. If not, press the Input Select button.

Then press play on your VCR. Note that the capture window will show you exactly what you are capturing, so you don't need to worry about having a TV connected to the VCR to see what you are playing. I know, it looks deceptively simple, but I'm afraid there is some secret hidden step the user is supposed to just "guess," or learn by trial and error. There are two sets of plugs on the VCR. The ones on the front, which are the right colors but don't say anything. The ones on the back are the only ones which say "In" and "Out.

I'm pretty sure the Firewire cable connection is right, based on the facts that the ADVC lights are always on when connected, and I got material from my video camera to the computer before. I don't remember every step except that there was something tricky about it the manual didn't go into, which is one reason I haven't tried it in over three years and therefore don't remember except that there was some difficult little detail of which the manual does not inform the user.

Another concern was because it wasn't on the dock, I was afraid it might have disappeared, as one person on the Apple Support forum said theirs did, but that was when another version of iLife or something took out their old version and didn't put in the new one. I haven't done any upgrades or had any hard drive disasters so mine should be all right.

Thank God when I went to Applications the other day to check, it was still there but I had no idea there was a way to keep it on the dock. It disappears when the application is closed. So thanks for telling me. Rather than letting you play the whole tape, then going, "Ha, ha, fooled ya! Well, I did that much, but was confused I think by memories of capturing audio only.

There was one switch you throw to begin the capture and I thought, but perhaps remember incorrectly the same or a different switch to complete it, and I was confused that the manual didn't say anything about doing this to capture video. You just set the switches, and play the video into iMovie?

I was going to set the switches to the default position to begin with and hope for the best. At least they are not entirely heartless! Even the Tin Man had a lot more heart than that. And, the Canopus manual may be deliberately vague on this point because perhaps some users use a program other than iMovie which works differently? That will be another four months of agony, but I at least wanted to get it into the computer and then I can worry about it after the computer is sufficiently upgraded to edit a meaningful amount of video.

Those on the front are always input only to make it easy to connect say a camera or games console without having to pull the unit off the shelf , so ignore those. Sounds good to me. For your location, you should make sure all the switches on the bottom of the unit are set to OFF.

If you need to change any switches, make sure you disconnect the firewire cable to remove power from the unit first. Yes, you can't expect the manual to include instructions for potentially hundreds of capturing programs. You need to look at the instruction manual for the program you are using! This is useful information I couldn't have known. I think the iMovie manual is digital, not printed--so instructions can't be checked while working unless printed out.

I do seem to remember printing certain parts. The first try, I had everything connected correctly, but forgot to click "Import.

That's great! I hope you didn't give your cat a fright with all that shouting : Ken. The Canopus manual says, "you can now open your editing application and begin capturing video" - which I would like to do. I don't know where it's supposed to show up, but it doesn't show up anywhere. If anyone can help it would be appreciated. Thank you.


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