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Odd Question About Video Import


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Hi all;

 

I have EMC9 on the PC in my Sig. ▼

 

and I wouldn't normally handle video, as my job and general interests is strictly in Audio.

However, I was asked recently by a family member if I could convert old VHS (I mean really old) tapes

into DVD's and I said I haven't the foggiest idea how to do that, I sorta have an idea about how to hook up a newer

unit that has a direct connect through USB or Fire-wire or something but not an analog VHS machine.

 

If I was ever to be inclined to try this, what equipment would I need besides the PC and the VHS machine

is there some sort of box (with or without Software) that takes the feed lines out from the VHS player

and converts it to whatever so the PC can save the files required to create DVD Discs?

 

my apologies if this has already been addressed but I could find it,

most topics I found were by people who had the importing done & the files ready to burn but couldn't get the desired output

 

Any help is appreciated;

 

Cheers

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Thanks Brendon;

 

I poked around in there a bit and sort of found a start anyway;

it looks like the best bet would be an internal Card

but Now where to start

do you or does anyone else have any good recommendations for doing that

(what kind of card to get etc.)

 

(feel free to move this thread into the correct forum area

I totally missed that there is an "AV Capture/Output forum")

 

Cheers

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If you have a DVD recorder in your lounge you don't even need a PC.

 

Connect the VHS player to the DVD recorder using the correct leads and you can transfer direct to disc.

 

If the VHS tapes are Copy Protected it wont work for obvious reasons.

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I got a good deal on a Sony RDR-VX525 DVD Recorder a few weeks ago and it works great for dubbing VHS tapes to DVD. It is a DVD/VHS combo unit. It will do basic editing once the VHS is copied to the DVD disc but i haven't tried it yet. I have been using the "one Touch button" for simple dubbing. It will also dub DV tapes from the camcorder when connected with a firewire cable to the recorder. I found out one thing though. I tried dubbing a standard 8mm tape to DVD but got an error saying, Camcodrer not recognized, Check the cable connection. I then tried a Hi8 tape in the camcorder and it copied to the DVD with no problem. I guess it doesn't the standard 8mm tapes. I have already made about a dozen DVD's for a relative of mine and am really pleased with the Sony Recorder.

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Thanks Brian,

 

for the idea / suggestion;

 

will I be able to edit videos "copied" that way before burning them though?

or is it a 2 stage process and burned twice?

 

Cheers

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No since it is a direct to DVD copy. You would have to copy them back to the PC from the DVD to be able to do any editing. So there really is not much point to a VHS-to-DVD copy if you want to do any editing.

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As I have a DVD RAM capable recorder I transfer to RAM discs then transfer the VRO files to my PC, change the file format to mpeg then edit away.

 

The reason I do this extra step is that it saves installing a capture card on the PC.

 

You can also do "basic" editing before burning to disc if you have a DVD recorder with a Hard Drive.

 

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