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What Easy VHS to DVD needs! (Upgrade Proposals)

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I think everyone has noticed that Easy VHS to DVD is a very simple application. Here are some things I would like to see in its future updates to make it better...

 

1. When in the "Introduction" stage there is a spot where you select "Approximately how long is the source material?". You have six options ranging from 10 minutes to 180 minutes. I would like to see a "Custom" in there where you can put in exactly how long it is the source material is. That way there is no need in putting your video recording in iMovie to cut out the extra recored video that is all black if you know exactly how long your video is.

 

2. When in the "Record" stage there is a box that says "Automatically stop recording after ___ minutes". I want to see a box right next to that that says "Automatically stop recording if there is no siginal after __ seconds".

 

3. When in the "Finish Up" stage your have five options; Send to Toast, Edit with iMovie, Send to QuickTime Player, New Recording, and Quit. The problem here is that if you select "New Recording" or "Quit", your video file is left as a .mpg and cannot be converted in the future because Toast, iMovie, nor QuickTime can read it. I want to be able to drag my .mpg video recording back into Easy VHS to DVD to have the options to send to Toast, edit with iMoive, or send to QuickTime player.

 

4. Easy VHS to DVD will automatically send your video to your Movies folder. The problem here is that you cannot change that location. Roxio needs to keep in mind that people may have multiple hard drives or an external hard drive and may not want to rip a video to their Macintosh HD movies folder. I want to be able to change the location of where my videos are going.

 

5. I would also like to be able to watch a VHS full screen and have the option to not record anything. It would also allow people to play video game consoles on their computers and do many other things using the Easy VHS to DVD video capture USB.

 

 

I believe that if Roxio updates and changes these proposals the application would be better and the sales of this product will increase.

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Very good; especially number 4. Number 5 won't happen for various technical reasons but the others make good sense to me.

 

As for number 3, Toast Basic can handle the .mpg file if you're wanting to create a video DVD. Otherwise you need the full version of Toast to convert to other formats after you've passed on the opportunity to do so at the end of recording. I believe there should be a way to defer the conversion to iMovie rather than having just the one chance when you don't have a full version of Toast or Popcorn.

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You're right tsantee, Toast can handle the .mpg file. I don't know why I thought it couldn't. I do know that QuickTime cannot play the .mpg but VLC can.

 

But for number 5 all you would need is to be able to make the video viewing box bigger. You could use it for video games now but it would be a pain because the box is so small. I don't know exactly how the video capture USB works but do you think it could handle a higher resolution?

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You're right tsantee, Toast can handle the .mpg file. I don't know why I thought it couldn't. I do know that QuickTime cannot play the .mpg but VLC can.

 

But for number 5 all you would need is to be able to make the video viewing box bigger. You could use it for video games now but it would be a pain because the box is so small. I don't know exactly how the video capture USB works but do you think it could handle a higher resolution?

I am just guessing when I presume there are technical issues limiting the live view to less than actual size. It's good you are thinking of ways the device can be more useful. Currently the Roxio device is focused on those who want to make video DVDs from their analog video sources. There are products from others (such as Roxio's friends at ElGato) that do better with making video for display on computers.

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Good ideas! however I would STRESS #3 as my all-time need, although tsantee recommended full version of Toast - sometimes I like to edit the movies (iMovie/iDVD) to have a particular introduction with images and things that only iMovie or iDVD can do. I had the 'one moment' progress bar like everyone states in the Finishing Up, with iMovie open and with a movie 1hr26mins it crashed.

 

NOW, I would add another number to your list:

 

#6: INCLUDE THE FULL VERSION OF TOAST!

 

I personally bought this after emailing technical support about toast basic and what it's limited functionality was with their reply of 'style menus.' I was very upset after installation to learn that there were more than just a limit to what I thought I could do. I probably would have invested in another product as I wanted to use toast - I figured limited - conversion to ipod and etc...the advanced abilities but I'm afraid not. You want to talk about people's problems going away, there's a solution: #6! (plus #3 if Roxio is listening....)

 

Thing is, I have more reasons to purchase a full version of toast than to buy the mpeg conversion for $20 from apple - side question: Can't you convert it within Quicktime for iMovie then as well?

 

 

Also to watch the video while converting on my computer full screen is a must as well. I just tried hooking my xbox 360 up to it as an experiment and laughed at the tiny screen.

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1. Great Idea

2. Great Idea

3. Rather than converting it to mpeg after it has finished importing, why not give us the option to use the uncompressed raw video? This would save me time as I open the video in MPEG Stream Clip to cut out the bad bits then export as h.264 for archival purposes...

Disregard: The new version of the software does exactly this. If you want your video in another format, use either Handbrake or MPEG Streamclip to convert the video (both free).

4. Good idea, you could also use a symlink to point that folder to be somewhere else. Kind of a hack, but it could work.

5. This would be awesome. For playing games through a console you might have problems with added latency (where every action you do in the game takes 1/2-1second to happen on the screen), but if you wanted to watch a VHS tape without recording it, it would be good for that.

 

#6: INCLUDE THE FULL VERSION OF TOAST!

Not really, if you want the full version of Toast, go buy it. The fact that they include the basic version for free is a bonus as you're not buying a full CD/DVD authoring product, you're buying a VHS to DVD converter, of which it does exactly that.

The full version of toast is definitely worth buying too by the way.

 

Ducky

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#7 - If the dongle is not plugged it, then NOTHING works, not even "Help" in the menu bar. Shouldn't at least "Help" work?

 

#8 - If audio is muted when the program terminates, then the next time the program starts, audio remains muted. This can be frustrating if you fail to notice the tiny red line through the speaker icon when trying to determine whether audio is coming in.

 

#9 - Finish - Has no cancel or stop button. Maybe you don't want to wait for the insufferably long "Wait..." (or maybe it's hung up.)

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Number 4!!!! Roxio, please implement the possibily to set a different folder as destination of the recording. I don't believe that a so elementary/basic pref is not yet implemented :o

 

Regards.

Andrea

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