This is probably the most expensive “thing” I’m going to talk about, but what a difference it makes to my working life.
The ADVC-55 takes in analogue video from almost any source, VHS, Sky+, camcorder and outputs as firewire. This allows you to take any old video and record it onto a computer.
The signal is clean, so you won’t have codec issues or anything like that getting in the way. It’s a great way to keep using those old VHS-ed schools programmes and an even better way to grab all those new documentaries.
THe ADVC-55 comes in at around £120, (warned you it was pricey) but for convenience and ease of use, I can’t reccomend it enough.