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Copy VCR Tapes


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I currently have EMC7 and want to copy my old VCR tapes to my computer for editing and then copying to DVD. What is the best way to do this. Will upgrading to EMC9 make the job easier. What type of additional equipment will I need on my computer? My computer is equiped with firewire.

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through media import you can save them as any format that you want , AVI, Mpeg, Mpeg2, ect ect

 

then you can use the roxio suit to make a custom DVD of those tapes, and depending on how good at using the suit you can also edit out all the rubish from the captured video to make a flash looking job

 

hope that helps?

I believe if using the Dazzle unit that comes with EMC 9 Deluxe, the only option is to save as .MPG2 with it's USB connection. So, the format you can save with depends on the hardware you use to capture the video. Some DV camcorders allow you to play your VCR output through them, and capture via a firewire port. Then you could capture as .AVI.

 

I have an external USB capture unit, and video captured as .MPG (at 9Mb/s) looks pretty much identical to the original.

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Firewire requires that the box supplying the signal also has a firewirwe connection and domestic VCRs don't have that (well, none that I've ever seen)

 

You need a capture card or device on the computer (the Dazzle interface that is bundled with EMC9 DeLuxe is an example)

 

You connect the video and audio outputs of the VCR to that and then start the capture process.

 

A slightly different method (with some quality loss) would be to feed the RF output from the VCR to a TV card on the computer and capture that using the software supplied. However, some TV cards also have the composite video and audio inputs as well, so they will function as a capture device (my AverMedia one can do that and also my old (very old) Hauppage analogue card

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Thank you very much for your reply.

 

So, are you saying that EMC9 Deluxe would give me everything I need to copy my old VCR tapes to my computer? What format would they be saved in? Would they be editable and of same quality as they were on VCR tape?

 

 

 

Firewire requires that the box supplying the signal also has a firewirwe connection and domestic VCRs don't have that (well, none that I've ever seen)

 

You need a capture card or device on the computer (the Dazzle interface that is bundled with EMC9 DeLuxe is an example)

 

You connect the video and audio outputs of the VCR to that and then start the capture process.

 

A slightly different method (with some quality loss) would be to feed the RF output from the VCR to a TV card on the computer and capture that using the software supplied. However, some TV cards also have the composite video and audio inputs as well, so they will function as a capture device (my AverMedia one can do that and also my old (very old) Hauppage analogue card

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Hello,

I currently have EMC7 and want to copy my old VCR tapes to my computer for editing and then copying to DVD. What is the best way to do this. Will upgrading to EMC9 make the job easier. What type of additional equipment will I need on my computer? My computer is equiped with firewire.

 

 

You may also need a VIDEO STABILIZER for any PRE REORDED VHS tapes you may have PURCHASED.

I bought one from a company in Manchester NH amd it works flawlessly.

 

Go to Google and search for VIDEO STABILZER and look for the company in NH , it costs about $30, well worth it.

 

It has Video IN and Video OUT so you run the patch cables from the VCR to the stabilzer and out from the stabilzer to your video card INPUTS.

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through media import you can save them as any format that you want , AVI, Mpeg, Mpeg2, ect ect

 

then you can use the roxio suit to make a custom DVD of those tapes, and depending on how good at using the suit you can also edit out all the rubish from the captured video to make a flash looking job

 

hope that helps?

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