No matter what type of video you're producing-- corporate overview, family tribute, documentary-- you're going to need to convert old videos to digital format. This used to mean converting them to DVD, but that's an unnecessary step when what you need is to import old videos and films for immediate use in the editing process. I've selected 5 different products that can help you do exactly that.
We'll concentrate here on products that allow you to transfer old videos of various formats directly into your computer. This assumes you have a video player (VHS, Beta, DV, 8mm) to play back those tapes. What you then need is a box or cabled device to connect the player to the computer (usually via USB), and that's what we'll be reviewing here. Some may require extension cables to help you reach from the tape deck to the adapter, while others offer plenty of length.
I searched Amazon for recommended devices, some of which I've used, and also checked reviews and youtube videos to get decent third-party recommendations. Because VCR's were pre-HD, these products render to 3x4 and/or 16x9 Standard definition.