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VHS Import Function


RSMGreg

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This is only my 7th post on the Roxio forum, and the 1st in a long time, so please bear with me.

 

I currently have EMC-9. I see that EMC-10 has VHS tape import/conversion capabilities. I want to understand how this works and the hardware requirements before I purchase EMC-10.

 

I am running Vista. My video card is an nVidia GE Force 7300GT which has an s-video input. I will be trying to copy from an old VHS player that does not have an s-video output; just the 3 RCA jacks.

 

1. Is it possible to buy a cable that converts the 3 RCA outputs to an s-video and a stereo jack?

 

2. Is the proper configuration to plug the s-video into the video card and the the stereo jack into the PC input?

 

3. Does the nVidia GE Force 7300GT support video capture?

 

I realize these may be basic questions for many of you, but this is new stuff for me and I have years of VHS-C tapes that need to be converted. I would rather use EMC-10 for the broader functionality than buy a single use piece of hardware.

 

Thank you for any help you can give me.

 

. . . Greg in SoCal

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This is only my 7th post on the Roxio forum, and the 1st in a long time, so please bear with me.

 

I currently have EMC-9. I see that EMC-10 has VHS tape import/conversion capabilities. I want to understand how this works and the hardware requirements before I purchase EMC-10.

 

I am running Vista. My video card is an nVidia GE Force 7300GT which has an s-video input. I will be trying to copy from an old VHS player that does not have an s-video output; just the 3 RCA jacks.

 

1. Is it possible to buy a cable that converts the 3 RCA outputs to an s-video and a stereo jack?

 

2. Is the proper configuration to plug the s-video into the video card and the the stereo jack into the PC input?

 

3. Does the nVidia GE Force 7300GT support video capture?

 

I realize these may be basic questions for many of you, but this is new stuff for me and I have years of VHS-C tapes that need to be converted. I would rather use EMC-10 for the broader functionality than buy a single use piece of hardware.

 

Thank you for any help you can give me.

 

. . . Greg in SoCal

OK, capture 101. Forgive me but you wanted a simple response. I apologize if the response is too simple.

 

Your VHS player is an analog device and produces an analog signal. Sort of like a watch that has hands and numbers.

 

You computer is a digital device and accepts digital signals. Sort of like watch that tells time with numbers.

 

Your brain and take the analog signal from the hands of the watch and convert it to a digital signal - The time is 9:30.

 

In doing videos, you need a electrical brain that will convert the analog signal to a digital one that your computer can use and work with.

 

There are some A/D converters available. I doubt if your video card will do it. Some ATI cards that were called All in Wonder did and they have some that do now with another name.

 

Most people get either a A/D card to do the conversion or a A/D converter that connects to your computer via a USB device. An example of a card that will do A/D conversion are Pinnacle's or certain Hauppage cards. Examples of a USB connected A/D converter is the DVC 90 that came with EMC 9 deluxe or and number of USB connected devices.

 

If you are technically savvy, and have a spare card slot on your computer, you can install a card in a few minutes. It is my experience that cards give a little sharper capture but may be prone to having sync issues. My experience is that the USB device gives a little softer image capture but I've not run into snyc issues.

 

As I said before, EMC 9 Deluxe came with the DVC 90. I believe that you can buy EMC 10 Deluxe that comes with the DVC 100 device. Here is a link to an on-line store that sells all kinds of device. Look at the first couple as examples, ignore the web cams. Most come with software. Caution, Roxio cann use all these devices to capture but can edit the captured videos. Suggestion, if you have a very good computer, get one tht will capture as AVI. That will be better quality and easier to edit. The avi files will be converted to the DVD standard mpg files when you are ready to burn

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Thank you! I was hoping I wouldn't have to buy a converter but your response puts me in the direction I need to go.

 

Yes, it was a basic primer but I appreciate your thoroughness.

 

Now, if in addition to the VHS -C camcorder, you now also have a digital camcorder, capable of passthrough, you can connect the VHS -C camcorder to the digital camcorder, and connect the digital camcorder to your computer, via firewire, you won't need a capture card.

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