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Optimum Settings For Vhs To Dvd

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I have recently bought a package containing 2010 Creator and a Roxio Video Capture USB adapter. This was advertised on the packaging as allowing VHS to DVD conversion, so I am amazed that the User Manual never mentions how you should go about achieving it - VHS video capture is completely ignored!

 

I would like to know the technique to achieve best quality. What I have come up with so far, after a bit of trial and error in the absence of any guidance, is

1. Connect the USB adapter to VCR using the L/R audio and video phono leads connected to a SCART breakout device.

2. Use Roxio Media Import, selecting 'DV' on the Capture Settings (to produce an AVI file of about 37GB for a 3 hour VHS tape. This seems to produce a better quality DVD than a capture setting of DVD SP or DVD LP).

3. Play the tape and press 'Capture Now' on Media Import.

4. When the tape has completed and the AVI file has been stored, use Video Copy & Convert and add the AVI file as the Source.

5. Select 'Highest Quality' on the slider bar and 'DVD' on the 'Save File to' box.

6. Press the green arrow and wait patiently! The conversion process somehow reduces the file down to a 4.4GB DVD size.

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I have recently bought a package containing 2010 Creator and a Roxio Video Capture USB adapter. This was advertised on the packaging as allowing VHS to DVD conversion, so I am amazed that the User Manual never mentions how you should go about achieving it - VHS video capture is completely ignored!

 

I would like to know the technique to achieve best quality. What I have come up with so far, after a bit of trial and error in the absence of any guidance, is

1. Connect the USB adapter to VCR using the L/R audio and video phono leads connected to a SCART breakout device.

2. Use Roxio Media Import, selecting 'DV' on the Capture Settings (to produce an AVI file of about 37GB for a 3 hour VHS tape. This seems to produce a better quality DVD than a capture setting of DVD SP or DVD LP).

3. Play the tape and press 'Capture Now' on Media Import.

4. When the tape has completed and the AVI file has been stored, use Video Copy & Convert and add the AVI file as the Source.

5. Select 'Highest Quality' on the slider bar and 'DVD' on the 'Save File to' box.

6. Press the green arrow and wait patiently! The conversion process somehow reduces the file down to a 4.4GB DVD size.

You got it! :D

 

DV is the best although DV HQ is nearly equal.

 

While THIS does not include SCART (I’m in the US) it may be of use to you.

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