I finally got my VCR hooked up to the Roxio USB adapter and captured some video for the first time. My ultimate goal is to convert some tapes that cannot be replaced, e.g. of a family member.
I am using a Memorex VCR with 3 RCA outputs, Roxio USB adapter, Creator 2012 Pro, on a ThinkPad X220 with Win 7 (64 bit). Windows may have installed drivers, which I know was a bad thing, but it seems to be working.
With Roxio Media Import open, I can hit Play on the VCR and the recording plays with audio in the window. I can capture it (as an AVI [892786 KB], to which it defaulted) and play back with audio. My trouble seems to come when I try to edit the captured file.
First, if I say "Edit Automatically" (because I'm not worried about effects or even editing, really -- for now I just want to convert that tape to digital), I get "Create a CineMagic Movie" and it seems to insist on a style (vignette, etc.). I couldn't find any way to say "no style", is there a way?
For output, I tried "DVD Playback", "MPEG-2 for DVD, normal quality", and the 4m1s recording became 1m40s (this according to the "Render" window, which reported that total duration as soon as it started). The resulting .mpg has no audio and is 91197 KB, according to Windows Explorer (which also says it's 1m39s).
OTOH, if I say "Edit Advanced" and follow essentially the same steps, I get a 4m1s .mpg (219808 KB) with audio.
Is this how it's expected to behave? And for digitizing VHS tapes, is there a better approach? I'm wondering if the 13GB/hr AVI is excessivly large, and also if there's a better output format. For example, "DVD Playback" defaulted to normal quality, but I'm happy to use best quality if that will retail more of the limited quality the VHS source has, or conversely perhaps smallest file size will be good enough (still better than the VHS).
And maybe "Edit Video" isn't even where I want to be, maybe I just need "Drag & Drop Convert" or "Copy & Convert Video", using the AVI as source?
If there's a tutorial for all this, I'm happy to study it, but the only manual I could find online was a bunch of tips for specific features and I'm not there yet.