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VHS to Mac using only RCA+USB cable, [TOS #6: moved from Digital A/V News]
post Feb 18 2013, 16:25
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Hey guys,
I live in Qatar, and I found this cable with USB on one end, and RCA on the other. It's tough to find stuff that's too specific here, and ordering online is a huge hassle. I really need to get rid of a bunch of tapes and the VCR itself quick...

Can I at least view (and then possibly record/digitalize) those VHS tapes on my Mac through that cable ? There has to be a way...I mean to connect my TV to the VCR, all I need is double RCA.
PLEASE help, this would mean the world to me, there's a bunch of rare NBA stuff and old nostalgic stuff I NEED to conserve somehow, before I need to throw them out coz I'm moving in like a few weeks...

THANKS A LOT !! Would mean the world to me !!

P.S.: worst case I can do PC, but I'm using a Mac right now.
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post Mar 13 2013, 10:19
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At the very least you would need some kind of ADC in the chain to convert the *analog* signal coming from a VCR to the *digital* signal necessary to communicate over the computer's USB interface. That's not even counting any format conversions you're going to need to do once a digital signal actually gets to the computer.

I'm not sure what the cable you found is intended for, but a piece of wire wrapped in plastic isn't going to do analog-to-digital conversion. Either there is some extra hardware contained within the cable (unlikely by your description), or, it was intended to connect a video capture device. If you're lucky maybe you can find the video capture device you need at the same place you found the cable.

Then, once the hardware is found, you can start hunting for the device drivers. Unless you can find the disc those came on too smile.gif

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