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Video Edit

I want to edit video on an old Mac.
What is the best old mac what's have video input or compatilable with video system card.
I'd like to edit in full screen (640x480)

Maybe?:
Power Macintosh 7500
Power Macintosh 8500

(I also have a Presentation System to write out to tape)

Greetings: Tristan V.

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I suggest a G4 (any speed will do). Couple that with a analog to digital converter such as the Canopus ADVC-100. There are other products to choose from if the Canopus is too expensive for you. The Canopus connects to the G4 via Firewire.

This combination will give you flawless stream capture. Anything less (in computing power) will result in dropped frames and LOTS of frustration.

Gary

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I can't remember if I ever tried capturing at 640x480, but my PowerMac G3 shipped with the "AV Personality Card" which I did use to make a few short movies in Avid VideoShop. It worked well under the original OS, but once I upgrade to Mac OS 9 (or maybe it was the upgrade VideoShop) the capturing slowly lost the syncing between the video and the sound ... by the end you'd see people mouths moving and then a few seconds later hear them speaking. Sad

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I want to search for a video editing application on mac

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Hi Everett, welcome to the Mac Garden!

Your options will depend on the kind of Mac you have or get. If you have one, what kind of Mac are we talking about? (even if it's a Mac inside an emulator) Then we can look at other things like the Mac OS, video input and output options and of course, the video editing applications themselves.

Bottom line: The newer your gear, the more power your video editing Mac will have.

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For a beginner, nothing beats iMovie. It likely has the fewest dropped frames when capturing due to the developers access to Apple hardware engineers.

Once you've "gotten your feet wet", you will likely want something with more features but give it a try.

Gary

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Video & Movie authoring/animation apps that I found usefull are Avid's VideoShop, Bryce2 and Artlantis.

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I am using the inshot pro video editing application at [link to Android warez site redacted] which has helped me to have a lot of quality videos for myself.

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Good! So you're editing your videos using Android then, right? Do you have any other hardware and/or computer gear, like Windows, Linux, Mac and/or iOS devices?

Our Mac group here specializes in mostly older Macintosh hardware, OS and Mac programs, including video apps, as well as the emulation of older Macs. Some also have experience with iOS apps, which can also handle video editing.

Another fantastic online forum that truly devotes their time and energy to straight-up video editing is the videohelp.com forums. A large portion of the forum focuses on Windows video editors, which is why I initially asked about the computer gear you have and use. With the right computer hardware (think of a powerful, new Mac or PC), you could run some very decent free or opensource video editors; you could even emulate an older Mac and run older video editors (but with a powerful computer, you don't really need to emulate an old Mac, unless you're looking for free older Mac software options).

But as I mentioned in my first reply, the newer your hardware, the more video editing power and speed you will have, even if you're using a tiny, budget-conscious Pi 4 (not that you need to get one; I'm simply using the Pi as an example). Your existing gear, outside of the Android device you're running inShot Pro with, will help determine your video editing software choices. To help illustrate, I used to have on an older iMac G5 desktop. On it I used iMovie, a video editor that came with my iMac, to edit some nice home videos.