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  1. Johnr9q

    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:
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    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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    Easy Lp To Mp3

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

    I am thinking about purchasing the Roxio Easy LP to MP3 but don't see any forum that talks about it. Where can I go to get answers? I have a bunch of reel to reel magnetic tapes (this is the format used before cassette tapes) from the 1960's that I want to save on my computer and place on CD's. I look on the internet and see discussions about just using my existing sound card and with some software like Audacity to make this work. My problem is I am very computer illiterate and don't even know if my computer has a sound card or where I would hook my reel to reel tape recorder to my computer. Maybe the Roxio program would be the way to go. I just want to do it as easy as possible
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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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    Easy Lp To Mp3

    Thanks Sknis. That video was very helpful. I will be out of town till next monday so won't be on this forum and won't be able to try out what you all have suggested.
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    Easy Lp To Mp3

    sknis: Thanks for your help. When I click on the link you provided, it doesn't take me anywhere except to the top of this page. Can you check it out? You guys are all a great help. Now I'm sure I will be able to do this project by myself.
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    Easy Lp To Mp3

    Deweywright: Again, thanks for your help. You said: "First, eliminate the idea of MP3 files until AFTER you make your CDs" I don't understand what you mean by this. I thought the process whet like this: Hook my reel to reel deck to my computer, play the reel to reel while recording the sound on my computer, then burn that sound onto CD's that I can give to people that they can then play on their DVD players. I don't see how that jives with what you're suggesting, that I do something with the CD's after I make them. What am I missing? Sorry I'm so illiterate.
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    Easy Lp To Mp3

    Johnr9q, you never told us you actually had the product, or that you were having a problem getting it to load. We might have been able to solve that problem. But, in any case, I wish you luck with your project. As an aside, and since you don't have a Roxio product, I would offer that I most often use, CDWAVE to do my initial audio capture, and to split out the individual tracks. You can find it here. Deweywright: Sorry I didn't post that I had the product and couldn't get it to load. I did send an email to, what I thought was, Roxio technical support asking them to help me load the program and Jim Hardin responded back with an email that I shouldn't ask questions using that email method. (Not sure what the purpose of that email is)
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    Easy Lp To Mp3

    Dewey Wright: Your reply was most helpful. I do have those 1/8 inch inputs, I think 6 of them. I read elsewhere that I can just use the programs already on my computer to do what I want. (maybe my sound card - whatever that means) I don't really want to edit anything except when I put the MP3 files on CD's I would like to be able to select segments in the playback on my CD player so I can go to a specific segment. (I'm probably not describing it correctly but here's another try. When I buy a music CD all the songs on on their own individual tracks that I can select. I have a PC with at tower and Windows 7. If I can't use my "sound Card" for that purpose, does any software come with Windows 7 that allows me to do what I want or do I need to get some? As you can tell, I'm not computer literate so I want to do something that is very simple.
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    Easy Lp To Mp3

    I sent the following to D_Deweywright but I meant to send it to Jim_Harden: I thought I was writing to Roxio Technical Support. But I guess you can't talk actually to Roxio unless you pay $25? I know they're trying to save money but they didn't save any from me cause I took the package back to Fry's and got my money back when they might have been able to just answer a simple question on how to get the software loading. I appreciate yours and others comments in the forum. That will be helpful
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    Poor Picture Quality

    I had a company digitize my dads old 35mm slides and put them on DVD. I loaded those onto my "C" drive. I made two experimental movies of two of the digitized 35mm slides. One movie I used Rozio Creator 2011 and the other Movie I used Windows Live Movie Maker (WLMM). Both of the movies were significantly less quality than the same pictures when viewed directly from my "C" drive. I know that DVD format has limitations and people tell me that is the reason the quality is less. Why then, when I look at the pictures on my "C" drive do they look so much better than the Roxio or WLMM movies? The medium that was used to send me the scanned slides was DVD and those pictures look as good as the original source. (using a 35mm projector to show the slides on a projector screen) I thought maybe Apple could do a better job of making movies so I went to the Apple store and they made me a movie with the same pictures I used to make the two experimental movies using Roxio and WLMM. I thought maybe Apple could make my digitized slides look better than WLMM or Roxio could. The result were the same low quality as WLMM and Roxio. I discussed this with the Apple salesman and he suggested that when you use movie software as a way to view your pictures the software is going to degrade the quality. I asked him if it was possible to View the pictures I have on my "C" drive using my DVD player/TV without movie software and he said only a few of the latest DVD player/TV could play a DVD with the pictures that came directly from my "C" Drive. I would be happy to be able to view the pictures on my "C" without movie software and not have any transitions, music, chapters etc if the quality was the same as the DVD I received from the people that scanned and digitized the pictures. Two questions: If I made movies using BlueRay would the quality be the same as the original? How can I burn a DVD that I can view on my DVD player/TV that won't be a movie just the pictures I have on my "C" Drive?
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    Poor Picture Quality

    d_deweywright: Thanks for your help and your direct answers. If you look at my first post in this thread, if someone would have given me a direct answer to my second question, this thread would have been much shorter. Maybe the answer should have been: Yes you can create a DVD using the jpeg information that is on your "C" drive. It will be the same jpeg information you received on the DVD that the Scanning, Digitizing Company gave you. When you play it on your TV it will be higher quality than if you made a DVD using movie software. You will not be able to do very much with the pictures, but you will be able to view them. The beauty of the movie software is you can do a lot of creative stuff but you will reduce the overall quality of the pictures because of 720/480. (You will need, however, a DVD player or a Blu-ray player that will read jpeg files)
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    Poor Picture Quality

    I took the data Jpeg files DVD that I received from the company that scanned and digitized my 35mm slides to Best Buy and played it on one of their TV's and the picture quality was excellent. The reason the picture was poor on my TV is because my TV is old and another reason is my TV doesn't support HDMI cables.
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