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  1. Johnr9q

    I Can't Even Start

    I got the Verbatim DVD-R and now I can record. My tapes are very grainy so I am going to take a tape down to Costco and have them transfer it to DVD and see what quality it is and compare the DVD's I recorded with my VCR to see if my VCR is not up to snuff. I cleaned the heads on mine but it is pretty old. It is a Panasonic Hi-Fi Stereo Omnivision. So I won't be back for a couple of days and I'll let you all know what the results are.
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    I Can't Even Start

    myguggi: That's probably the problem. I thot they were DVD's but after looking at them, they are CD's. When Best Buy opens, I'll buy some DVDs. I thot DVD and CD were interchangeable. I'm very novice with this stuff. Thanks all for being patient with me. I am sure I'll have more questions as this project continues. I should go down to Costco and pay to have them do it but I want to segment things that are on each individual video Cassette and it would be too complicated to explain that to Costco I think.
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    I Can't Even Start

    It's a very short video 2 minutes and 47 seconds. I have burned CD's in the past with this tower and the CD I am using is CD-R which is recordable
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    I Can't Even Start

    The window says insert a recordable DVD but I did
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    I Can't Even Start

    thanks Jim, I got past that hurdle. Now I can't get the "Burn" button to light to record my video on a DVD I have inserted in my tower:
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    I Can't Even Start

    I have Roxio Easy VHS to DVD 3. I go to the "Getting Started Guide" and step 1 says Click on the Roxio Icon on my desktop. Step 2 Says "Click Record, Edit and Save" (when I do step 2, I get the screenshot shown in the guide). Step 3 says "Click Start a new project" I see nowhere on my screen where I can Click Start a new project. I have a DVD in my Tower and a VHS tape in my player with it on. Here is a screenshot:
  7. Johnr9q

    Easy Lp To Mp3

    perfect. Now I hear it through my speakers. Thanks again.
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    Easy Lp To Mp3

    deweywright again you were right on. I did what you said and it now records perfectly. (I don't know if it tells you anything, but on the reel to reel the output connectors were 6.5mm and labeled "Line Out" whereas on the Cassette deck the output connectors are RCA and are also labeled "Line Out"). Next question: Where do I hook my earphones so I can monitor what I am recording. (I guess I could use the line out of the cassette deck but it is difficult to hear) I tried the Headphone and mic connectors on the front of my tower and also the Center/subwoofer connector on the rear of my tower and get nothing.
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    Easy Lp To Mp3

    I got all my reel to reel tapes on CD now (Thanks to all of your help) Now I want to transfer my cassette tapes to CD. I hooked my old cassette deck to the computer just like I hooked up the reel to reel. I try to record the sound on my computer using Windows Sound Recorder and get nothing. When I hook headphones into the output of the cassette deck I can hardly hear the sound. I cleaned the record head and tried a number of tapes and the end result was the same. I would think that Sound Recorder would be able to pick up the weak signal but it doesn't. Is my Cassette deck bad? When I put my headphones inline with my reel to reel output I got plenty of volume.
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    Easy Lp To Mp3

    d_deweywright: I really appreciate your help. So when I use Windows Media Player to burn, is it automatic that it converts the file from WMA to WAV or do I need to select something? If I'm asking a question you've already answered, I'm sorry.
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    Easy Lp To Mp3

    ogdens: Thanks for your help. So when I use "Windows Media Player" to burn an Audio CD, Windows Media Player takes the WMA file and automatically converts that to a WAV file? (WMA = data file and WAV = audio file? do I have that correct?) I am easily confused and not computer literate.
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    Easy Lp To Mp3

    D_Deweywright. I have just about all my tapes transferred to my computer now. I have been using the Windows 7 "Sound Recorder" and it does everything I need. I don't need to do any editing. I end up with a WMA file. What's your opinion on putting the WMA file on the CD for the final product for me to give to people for them to play on their CD/DVD/Blueray players? I burnt one CD and it played fine on my Blueray player. Some say I should use WAV or MP3. Another question: I have some homemade VHS tapes that I want to burn to DVD. I don't need to do any editing. What would be the easiest way to do it?
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    Easy Lp To Mp3

    I found the problem. Only one of my speakers was working.
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    Easy Lp To Mp3

    d_deweywright: Wow. I will definitely try CD Wave. I think I have the connection figured out: I plugged two 1/4" mono jacks into my tape deck (Left and Right Line Output) and on the end of this pigtail is a 1/4" female jack. I plugged a adapter into the the 1/4" female jack. On one end of this adapter is a 1/4 " male stereo jack and the other end is 3.5mm stereo female. To this I attached a cord with a 3.5mm stereo jacks on each end, one end into the adapter and the other end into my "Line-in connector" on my computer. The description for the "Line-in connector" is: "Connects to recording or playback devices such as a microphone, cassette player, CD player, or VCR". I used the "sound recorder" that comes with Windows 7 and made a recording of a tape and when I played it back it only played back in one of my computer speakers. I don't know if my "Line-in connector" is Mono or Stereo. I put a set of headphones on the 3.5mm output of the adapter I just described and sound came out of both ear pieces which means I am getting sound out of both channels. I checked the voltage on the stereo plug that goes into the computer and got voltage on both channels. I want the final product (a CD) to have both channels operating so sound comes out both speakers when I play the CD in a DVD player. What do you think of me just using the "sound recorder" that is included with Windows 7. The only editing that I want to do is divide segments up on the CD so that I can select specific tracks to play back like in a music CD where you can choose the song you want to listen to. Thanks again, John R
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    Easy Lp To Mp3

    I'm back. I went rock climbing in the eastern Sierra. I went to Best Buy yesterday to purchase the adaptors to be able to hook my reel to reel to my computer. As d_deweywright pointed out my computer has an "Audio In" 3.5 jack. The output on my reel to reel is 1/4 in plug. The fellow at Best Buy (He seems very knowledgable) told me the best way to do this is by using their audio recorder: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/audio-recorder-2-0-deluxe-windows/3345338.p?id=1218396588553&skuId=3345338He said If I hook my reel to reel directly to my computer sometimes there is too much volume coming out of the reel to reel and this causes problems. Their product has a processor that apparently eliminates this issue and facilitates making the connection from the reel to reel to the computer. It has usb out of their processor and usb into my computer. If you all don't think I need this processor, I'm having trouble finding a cord that will take the output of my tape recorder (two 1/4' mono female ports) to the input on my computer (one mono female 3.5mm jack) can someone suggest where I can get that. They didn't have it at best buy. As I said earlier, I'm not at all computer literate so want to this very simple. I'm sure it will make no difference if I use a Wave file or a MP-3 file as the reel to reel recordings are not very high quality and mostly voice I recorded with not so good microphones. Probably the only editing I will want to do is (like I said earlier) is create tracks on the final audio CD. The fellow at Best Buy said, unless the hiss is very bad, which it isn't, I shouldn't even edit out the hiss cause I would destroy some of the sound quality.So what would be the easiest way to do what I am describing. d_deweywright: You suggested using CD Wave. I looked that up on Youtube and there were no tutorials for it whereas Audacity has a bunch. Believe me, I need all the tutorials I can get.
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