I have a Sony Media Converter (DVMC-DA2) which Sony no longer makes. Here is a link to the PDF manual:
I have successfully used this with an old Mac Pro to transfer VHS tapes to make digital video files out of client assets. It connects with a 4-pin DV IN/OUT cable to the old Mac Pro’s 400 port.
I’ve not had to do these VHS tapes to computer transfers in many years, and I’m wondering if something modern would produce a higher quality video digital file.
In looking in the PDF manual, in the specifications it lists DV IN/OUT: 4-pin S100 (100 Mbps).
If I understand this spec, this means that the bandwidth of transfer of the video at best coming out of the Sony Media Converter is 100Mbps even though it is connected to Firewire 400 which is 400Mbps. I realize I can use a 4-pin to 9-in cable to use this on a Firewire 800 port on a modern Mac, but that won’t increase the speed, but it would be more convenient than using a 10 year old Mac Pro.
One such modern product for the Mac is, “Easy VHS to DVD 3 Plus VHS to DVD Converter” by Roxio. It uses USB 2.0, but I can’t see the specs of this.
So my big question here is, since I already have the Sony Media Converter and it works, should I continue to use it to transfer the remaining VHS tapes in our library to digital video for archive purposes, or look into something more modern? I have seen devices which have RCA plugs going to a USB, I think most are USB 2.0 (like the Roxio). Don’t know if there are USB 3.0 versions out or if that would matter.
Or is nothing from 20(?) years ago such as the Sony Media Converter at 100Mbps going to be improved using a modern USB device?