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Unable to capture VHS video with Creator 10


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Although similar topics have been discussed I cannot seem to find a debate on my particular problem. I am trying to capture a VHS PAL video tape onto my Dell Vostro 1000 laptop running Windows Vista. I have installed the Roxio Video Capture USB and the laptop happily recognises the device.

However, when I try to perform the capture there is no signal so I have no access to the 'capture now' button. The capture USB device is in a rear USB port, although it also works in the side port as well. I preselect PAL I on the options menu and although the system looks for the signal briefly it fails to find anything and displays the 'No signal' indication again. I also tried all the other PAL Options.

I tried to download a digital file from my Sony DV Camcorder DCR-PC120E (PAL) and that all worked fine when I selected PAL I in options so I know the USB adaptor works.

I have tried several sets of composite cables between the USB capture card and the VCR, but unfortunately I need the SCART adapter to connect to the VCR (there are no composite plugs directly into the back of the VCR) - Is this my problem or should SCART to composite (yellow video, red & white audio) cables work?

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Although similar topics have been discussed I cannot seem to find a debate on my particular problem. I am trying to capture a VHS PAL video tape onto my Dell Vostro 1000 laptop running Windows Vista. I have installed the Roxio Video Capture USB and the laptop happily recognises the device.

However, when I try to perform the capture there is no signal so I have no access to the 'capture now' button. The capture USB device is in a rear USB port, although it also works in the side port as well. I preselect PAL I on the options menu and although the system looks for the signal briefly it fails to find anything and displays the 'No signal' indication again. I also tried all the other PAL Options.

I tried to download a digital file from my Sony DV Camcorder DCR-PC120E (PAL) and that all worked fine when I selected PAL I in options so I know the USB adaptor works.

I have tried several sets of composite cables between the USB capture card and the VCR, but unfortunately I need the SCART adapter to connect to the VCR (there are no composite plugs directly into the back of the VCR) - Is this my problem or should SCART to composite (yellow video, red & white audio) cables work?

 

Sounds like your Scart cable is not outputting the signal. You need a cable like this (this is just an example) http://www.amazon.co.uk/Hama-Phono-SCART-S...9242&sr=8-1 .

 

If you can give me the make and model # of your existing Scart I can search the web and tell you if your's is the right one.

 

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Sounds like your Scart cable is not outputting the signal. You need a cable like this (this is just an example) http://www.amazon.co.uk/Hama-Phono-SCART-S...9242&sr=8-1 .

 

If you can give me the make and model # of your existing Scart I can search the web and tell you if your's is the right one.

 

I have used 2 different Scart adaptors like this (they have VMC91 written on side):

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Hama-00042356-3-Ph...5649&sr=1-6

I have also tried a dedicated pre-made SCART to composite cable:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Scart-Composite-Au...5820&sr=1-5

 

 

 

 

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I have used 2 different Scart adaptors like this (they have VMC91 written on side):

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Hama-00042356-3-Ph...5649&sr=1-6

I have also tried a dedicated pre-made SCART to composite cable:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Scart-Composite-Au...5820&sr=1-5

 

Well the first one is a IN connector...

 

The second I don't know what that is.....have to go out, and wont be back on till tomorrow some time...maybe another user will check that out for you.

 

 

 

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I have used 2 different Scart adaptors like this (they have VMC91 written on side):

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Hama-00042356-3-Ph...5649&sr=1-6

I have also tried a dedicated pre-made SCART to composite cable:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Scart-Composite-Au...5820&sr=1-5

 

Ok, the 1st Scart is used to feed INPUT only to the VCR - no OUTPUT.

 

The 2nd Scart, cant find out what this one does, but as a test you could connect it to your TV or your Sony camcorder and see if your getting any Video/Audio from the VCR.

 

Let us know how you make out.

 

 

 

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The SCART to 3 RCA cables (2nd one) looks to be the right one, assuming ogdens doesn’t turn up a flaw ;)

 

Curious about your software??? You posted in the Creator 2010 section but listed Creator 10 as your software.

 

Just want to confirm what Software you really have as there is a Dell OEM 10.2 or 10.3 that come with Dell's. And that requires some juggling to make the Roxio Capture device work with it.

 

Also, have you been able to capture with anything else, like a DVD Player or Camcorder?

 

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I have managed to capture from my Sony camcorder OK so the USB adaptor works fine. I bought the Roxio Creator 2010 VHS to DVD edition from Costco at the weekend and installed this on my laptop. I suspect I simply need the switchable SCART adaptor such as:

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/GOLD-Plated-SCART-3x...5#ht_1001wt_934

 

 

Yup....that is similar to the one in post #2, for the price of them, go for it.

 

Please let us know how you make out.

 

Good luck.

 

 

 

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