Is there a simple method to convert VHS tapes to digital files (perhaps mp4) that can be edited in iMovie or Final Cut Pro X in an iMac? I’m not interested in converting to DVD; I prefer to save the digital files the the iMac and edit them myself. I realize that video from VHS tapes will be low quality, but some of the videos will be worth preserving anyway. I plan to use an old VHS tape player connected to a video capture device of some type.
Google and YouTube searches produce a myriad of results, mostly related to a video capture device such as a “Dazzle” that comes with software requiring Windows (link: https://www.amazon.com/Dazzle-DVD-Recorder-VHS-Converter/dp/B00EAS14KI)
One reviewer suggested avoiding the problematic software provided with the Dazzle device, instead using the open-source OBS Studio software. This is available for macOS (link: https://obsproject.com/download)
Does anyone have experience with either the Dazzle device or other video capture devices? Is OBS Studio software a good option, or can other macOS software be used to work with the video capture device to save the digital files? Can iMovie or FCPX be used for this, instead of OBS Studio?
I also have a Mini-DV camcorder with a few dozen Mini-DV tapes. I understand that Mini-DV tapes can be “played” in the camcorder connected via Firewire cable and Firewire-to-Thunderbolt adapter and captured directly in the Mac to iMovie or Final Cut Pro X. Is this correct? Does anyone have experience or tips to share?