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Convert VHS to Apple TV

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I've got a couple of old VHS tapes (MLB promotional tapes) that I'd like to watch on my apple TV. Here's what I'm thinking... let me know if there's a better way.
For the record, I've got a VHS machine, a camcorder that will convert analog to digital, and a mac with the latest iLife, Quicktime Pro, Mac the Ripper, and the latest Handbrake.
1. Convert the VHS to mini DV using the camcorder.
2. Input the video from the camcorder into iMovie
3. Export from iMovie to Quicktime
4. Export from Quicktime to Apple TV format
5. Import into iTunes and voila. It's ready for Apple TV
Again, is this the best considering what I've got. Is there a better more efficient way that doesn't have so many conversions. Thx.
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I don't have an Apple TV, but, if your Mini DV has pass-through capability you can go straight through to iMovie, converting on the fly.
I was able to bring an analog audio/video single into iMovie via the mini DV camera. It would only work though if there was NO tape in the camera.
You can export a QT format that is AppleTV/iTunes friendly right from iMovie itself.
With QT Pro you should just be able to capture directly to MP4 or H.264 (better). 640x480 video, 128 kbps AAC audio, which is the Apple TV codec.
Yep, you should be able to go directly from VHS->camcorder in->DV out->Mac->QT Pro capture with what Glipt said above in one pass. Then drop into iTunes and you're done.
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As a follow up...

"Yep, you should be able to go directly from VHS->camcorder in->DV out->Mac->QT Pro capture"​

That is exactly what I did ... I selected the H.264 codec through the QT preferences and got a mov file that is 683 MB for an hour long program. The file dropped into iTunes just fine and was recognizable through Apple TV. Funny enough though, the file had a real hard time streaming. It choked and sputtered a number of times.

For interest, I took the same mov file in QT Pro and chose Export to Apple TV using the default settings. The result was a m4v file that is larger at 977 MB. It streams great through the Apple TV and the quality seems to be a touch better than what I had before.

For those of you who know video and codecs, any idea what the export function did to increase the file size and also, which of the two should look better?
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