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Let me begin by saying I know NOTHING about AV capture. However I am interested in converting my old VHS tapes to DVD. Costco is offering $25 off their Easy Media Creator 2009 Special Edition with VHS to DVD Converter and it sounds like this is the software I would need to do this.

 

Some of the movies that I am trying to preserve are @50 years old and have already been converted from 8mm (I believe) to VHS. Other tapes are ones that I made from an old Sony video 8 camcorder about 20 years ago.

 

Does the video capture USB device allow me to somehow connect an old VCR player to my computer to burn DVD's? If so, how difficult is the software to use and are the directions included with the software fairly easy to follow? I tried to find user's manuals on the Roxio website to see how this connection is actually done but was not able to find any instructions.

 

If it helps to know my computer set-up, I have a Sony VGN-Z540EBB with 4 GB RAM running 32-bit Windows Vista Home Premium with a NVidia GeForce 9300 M GS GPU video card with total available graphics memory of 1370MB and 128 MB of dedicated video RAM.

 

Thank you for any input you can provide.

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Let me begin by saying I know NOTHING about AV capture. However I am interested in converting my old VHS tapes to DVD. Costco is offering $25 off their Easy Media Creator 2009 Special Edition with VHS to DVD Converter and it sounds like this is the software I would need to do this.

 

Some of the movies that I am trying to preserve are @50 years old and have already been converted from 8mm (I believe) to VHS. Other tapes are ones that I made from an old Sony video 8 camcorder about 20 years ago.

 

Does the video capture USB device allow me to somehow connect an old VCR player to my computer to burn DVD's? If so, how difficult is the software to use and are the directions included with the software fairly easy to follow? I tried to find user's manuals on the Roxio website to see how this connection is actually done but was not able to find any instructions.

 

If it helps to know my computer set-up, I have a Sony VGN-Z540EBB with 4 GB RAM running 32-bit Windows Vista Home Premium with a NVidia GeForce 9300 M GS GPU video card with total available graphics memory of 1370MB and 128 MB of dedicated video RAM.

 

Thank you for any input you can provide.

 

Yes, the USB device, that comes with the Special Edition, will do what you want. But, you may have big problems with that inferior video chip that you have in your computer. Is it a laptop computer. If not, get a dedicated video card.

 

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Yes, the USB device, that comes with the Special Edition, will do what you want. But, you may have big problems with that inferior video chip that you have in your computer. Is it a laptop computer. If not, get a dedicated video card.

 

Yes it is a laptop computer. I didn't put all of the graphics info in the previous e-mail since I really am not sure what it all means, but what I do have is the following:

Processor: NVidia GeForce 9300 M GS GPU with total available graphics memory of 1370 MB and Mobile Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD with Intel Clear Video Technology with total available graphics memory of 1300 MB.

Video RAM: 128 MB of dedicated video RAM

Chipset: Mobile Intel GM45 Express Chipset

 

There is a switch on the laptop that allows you to switch between the stamina and speed mode depending upon whether or not you want to use the graphics card that is on the motherboard or the dedicated graphics card.

 

I am surprised that this would be considered an "inferior video chip" since it is being sold on the latest Sony business laptops - but as I said, I really don't know what it all means. That being said, are the big problems you referred to going to occur while trying to convert the VHS tapes to DVD with the Video Capture USB device?

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Yes it is a laptop computer. I didn't put all of the graphics info in the previous e-mail since I really am not sure what it all means, but what I do have is the following:

Processor: NVidia GeForce 9300 M GS GPU with total available graphics memory of 1370 MB and Mobile Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD with Intel Clear Video Technology with total available graphics memory of 1300 MB.

Video RAM: 128 MB of dedicated video RAM

Chipset: Mobile Intel GM45 Express Chipset

 

There is a switch on the laptop that allows you to switch between the stamina and speed mode depending upon whether or not you want to use the graphics card that is on the motherboard or the dedicated graphics card.

 

I am surprised that this would be considered an "inferior video chip" since it is being sold on the latest Sony business laptops - but as I said, I really don't know what it all means. That being said, are the big problems you referred to going to occur while trying to convert the VHS tapes to DVD with the Video Capture USB device?

 

Ahh, I was looking at the dedicated RAM, in the video chipset, which is inferior, if it can't share memory. The amount of shared memory should work well for you.

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