Problem with my Sony DVMC-DA1 Media Converter

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Hello all! I have a TON of Hi8 tapes from the 90's of family footage and other random stuff. I want to digitize them. I have a Sony video Hi8 player I borrowed from a friend, an old Sony DVMC-DA1 Media Converter, a MacBook Pro from 2008 with OS 10.7.5, iMovie '09, and a 4pin Firewire to 9pin Firewire. The computer will not recognize the converter. Am I missing something with iMovie or Image Capture, or is the cable not the right one? Any insights, help, brutal honesty...would be GREATLY appreciated! Thanks so much in advance.
 

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Hello and welcome.

From what I remember and have seen recently, the Sony DVMC-DA1 Media Converter is not compatible with OS X. The newer model Sony DVMC-DA2 Media Converter is.

-Which Sony Hi8 player? Does it happen to have a FireWire port?

I will continue to research this. You may have to purchase/use a newer video input device to connect the Hi8 player through.

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Cory...thank you so much for taking the time to try and help. I greatly appreciate it! I am hoping to not have to purchase new hardware as $ is a little tight right now. But it is important to me to archive these memories, so if that is the path I need to take. My friend lent me a Sony EVO-550H. It too is older, so it has no digital outputs. Once again, thank you so much for your time and willingness to see if you can help!
 

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OK, looks like you will need some form of video capture input device. Here are a few that may work:

Elgato Video Capture - $79.22 at Amazon.com
Diamond VC500MAC Video Capture USB 2.0 For MAC - $38.97 at Amazon.com

You would be able to connect the S-Video and audio cable from the Sony EVO-550H Professional Hi8 Player to either of those, then to your Mac via USB. They are reasonably inexpensive. I have used different Elgato products in the past and they worked well.

Hope that helps,

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