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UncleDaddySwiss

Only Got Half The Video It Said It Recorded

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I spent 6 hours recording a VHS tape, and it only saved around 3 hours of it, even though the record timer said 6 hours and some-odd minutes near the end. I did notice an error message came up in the middle, don't recall what it said now, but it didn't [appear] to stop recording, there was only one video in the list, and like I said, it had a record time of around 6 hours. Whats going on here? I don't feel like wasting part of my day doing this with this software if it isnt any more reliable than that.

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Some are sensitive to any 'break' or 'noise' in the tape.

 

What is the SIZE of the recorded file? (3.5 GB per hour is about right)

 

When done ~ All DVD's should be at HQ and never exceed 1 hour per 4.7 GB DVD! 2, if DL are used but NEVER "Fit to Disc"!

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You guessed wrong, I wasn't multitasking while I was recording, I'm not stupid. However, I was recording on a powerful, custom built gaming computer so if I was multitasking trust me, I don't think it would have been a problem.

I understand it could have been possible that it could be sensitive to a break in the tape, but then wouldn't it stop recording and stop the counter as well?

Also, I didn't even get to the burning process, I'm talking about the file on the computer itself. No DVD involved yet. The file size is about 12GB, although I don't know what that has to do with question, the length of the video said 2 hours and 58 minutes, while the recording counter near the end said around 6 hours, I was watching the counter.

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Can you play the recorded video?

 

That error message that came up in the middle (~3 hours?) may well have told you what the problem was. Too bad you ignored it.

 

I would never even consider trying to capture 6 hours of video in one session. All it needs is one glitch and the capture is corrupt (and it doesn't matter how good your system is)

 

What were you planning to do with that 6 hour (~24 GB) video if you were able to capture it? Trying to edit it would have been a pain.

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I know, i wish i would have paid more attention to the error message, but here's the strange thing- it saved the last half of the video. I don't understand why a person shouldn't capture a whole VHS in one session, shouldn't the software be good enough to do that? Again, i don't see what it matters what i was going to do with it, but it was a family video, and i was going to save it to my computer for archival purposes. Maybe make a few DVDs, i like video editing.

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In my opinion, I'm done :lol:

 

We tell you things that can cause this and how to prevent it. It is up to you to follow the advice or go the way you that brought you here...

 

Best of luck -_-

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Out of curiosity, how would you have done it, in different sessions? In my opinion, that would have been a pain.

 

In my opinion doing it your way is a bigger pain especially if you plan to do any editing. Ihave captured about 50 VHS tapes and have always done in 20 to 30 minute sessions. It makes editing a lot easier. You say you like editing. Think about trying to edit a 25GB mpg file or the equivalent 80GB avi file. Video work is not plug&play operation - it requires a lot of user effort and time.

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Jim_Hardin, don't get all butthurt here, i can't help that people made assumptions that were incorrect, and as far as recording a whole tape in one session or multiple sessions, if the software can't handle or wasn't designed to be able to do that, it should be documented. Otherwise, it should be my choice, not any of yours. If it technically is able to, then there is another problem, isn't there.

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Hey, just thought about something- there's an option to record directly to DVD, you wouldn't do that in multiple sessions would you? What's the difference?

 

Anyway, regardless of how or why I did it, the point here is, Why did the counter keep going to 6 hours if it didn't record 6 hours of video? There IS a glitch there, would you not agree, at least where the recording counter is concerned? If I knew it wasnt recording, I wouldn't have wasted 6 hours of my morning.

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Hey, just thought about something- there's an option to record directly to DVD, you wouldn't do that in multiple sessions would you? What's the difference?

 

Anyway, regardless of how or why I did it, the point here is, Why did the counter keep going to 6 hours if it didn't record 6 hours of video? There IS a glitch there, would you not agree, at least where the recording counter is concerned? If I knew it wasnt recording, I wouldn't have wasted 6 hours of my morning.

 

 

Of course you would record in multiple sessions to a multiple DVDs since a DVD can only hold 60 minutes of best quality video.

I don't know if there is a glitch in trying to record a 6 hour tape in one session. You chose to ignore the "glitch" at the 3 hour mark.

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If there is a glitch at hour 3, and the first half wasn't saved, WHY DID THE COUNTER KEEP GOING TO 6 HOURS? I wish there was a way to speak slower when typing because you apparently didn't understand the question I was asking.

 

The video file length was 2 hours and 58 minutes, but the recording counter, next to the word "Recording", which is next to an animated circular icon while the recording is in progress, said 6 hours. These numbers should be the same, why weren't they? I dont know how to explain it any clearer. Do you have an answer for that? If there was a glitch and it stopped recording, the counter should have stopped too, am I right?

 

I mean, If you dont have an answer for that, just say so, instead of trying to act all high and mighty and dodging the question.

 

 

You know, I could tell from the first reply that I got, I wouldn't be getting any help here. But I figured if you all are going to waste my time, I dont feel bad returning the favor. I know I should have paid more attention to the error message, true. But the real issue I have here is the timing inconsistency. If there was a problem, fine, I'll stop it and start over. But I was under the impression it was recording, and I ended up wasting an entire morning. And then I come on here and NOBODY can admit that there is a problem with the software, as far as the interface is concerned. Thanks, for nothing, you all pose as "Digital Gurus" and it seems to me if you can use email you're probably doing pretty good. NEVERMIND.

 

 

 

In my opinion, I'm done :lol:

ME TOO. :D

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If there is a glitch at hour 3, and the first half wasn't saved, WHY DID THE COUNTER KEEP GOING TO 6 HOURS? I wish there was a way to speak slower when typing because you apparently didn't understand the question I was asking.

 

The video file length was 2 hours and 58 minutes, but the recording counter, next to the word "Recording", which is next to an animated circular icon while the recording is in progress, said 6 hours. These numbers should be the same, why weren't they? I dont know how to explain it any clearer. Do you have an answer for that? If there was a glitch and it stopped recording, the counter should have stopped too, am I right?

 

I mean, If you dont have an answer for that, just say so, instead of trying to act all high and mighty and dodging the question.

 

 

You know, I could tell from the first reply that I got, I wouldn't be getting any help here. But I figured if you all are going to waste my time, I dont feel bad returning the favor. I know I should have paid more attention to the error message, true. But the real issue I have here is the timing inconsistency. If there was a problem, fine, I'll stop it and start over. But I was under the impression it was recording, and I ended up wasting an entire morning. And then I come on here and NOBODY can admit that there is a problem with the software, as far as the interface is concerned. Thanks, for nothing, you all pose as "Digital Gurus" and it seems to me if you can use email you're probably doing pretty good. NEVERMIND.

 

ME TOO. :D

 

I think that's the point. None of us has an answer for that. You're correct that since it had stopped recording, it should have indicated so. Most of us that have used the product much, have concluded that recording in shorter segments works better for us. And with home made tapes, you often have gaps in the tape, which it interprets as the end of the tape (no signal), and so it stops recording at that point, so we also "babysit" the process as it's going.

 

At this point, no, we (I, anyway) don't have an answer for why it appeared to be recording when it had stopped.

 

The only thing to do is go back, and capture that last half of the tape again, which you may have already done. I would not recommend trying to capture all of it again. I'd go back to about the time where it stopped, and pick up with a second capture. Some people have also had issues where audio and video get out of sync. One way to minimize that is again, by capturing in shorter segments and putting those together. I've generally not seen that myself.

 

I have no problem admitting when either I don't know something, or when there appears to be a problem with the program.

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grammar fixes

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