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This is a really basic question and may have been covered in the forum back in 2006, but I don't seem to be able to access stuff that far back. I have a HP Media Centre PC running Windows XP (2005 vintage) and want to connect a Sanyo VHS recorder to convert tapes to DVD. Connecting to Red/White/Yellow connections on back or front produces nothing. I can get sound by connecting the 2 audio inputs into a single 3.5mm connector front or back, but picture would be nice. I have recorded old 33 1/3 LP's to DVD going through the rear 3.5 mm audio input and would now like to convert some old VHS tapes.

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This is a really basic question and may have been covered in the forum back in 2006, but I don't seem to be able to access stuff that far back. I have a HP Media Centre PC running Windows XP (2005 vintage) and want to connect a Sanyo VHS recorder to convert tapes to DVD. Connecting to Red/White/Yellow connections on back or front produces nothing. I can get sound by connecting the 2 audio inputs into a single 3.5mm connector front or back, but picture would be nice. I have recorded old 33 1/3 LP's to DVD going through the rear 3.5 mm audio input and would now like to convert some old VHS tapes.

Very few computers can input Video…

 

Your PC Specs, in particular your Video Card or any other card or device that accepts Video input, would be handy.

 

Likewise, the actual version of Roxio you are running – you posted in the Creator 2010 area, is that what you bought?

 

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Very few computers can input Video…

 

Your PC Specs, in particular your Video Card or any other card or device that accepts Video input, would be handy.

 

Likewise, the actual version of Roxio you are running – you posted in the Creator 2010 area, is that what you bought?

 

From the specs on the side of the computer the graphices card is an; ATI Radeon X300 SE PCI-Express Graphics. The actual card has; ASUS Falcon 2 Rev 1.05 08-170062150. I'm not running ROXIO or any other 3rd paty software at this stage as the HP manual states that the Red/White/Yellow component connections on the computer are for connecting a VCR or similar device and no mention is made of requiring additional software. They are physically connected to the graphics card, but if they don't achieve anything without 3rd party software then I'll buy some and stop trying to figure out why they don't already work. I posted in what I though was a general purpose area for this subject - I didn't realise that it was specific to Creator 2010.

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From the specs on the side of the computer the graphices card is an; ATI Radeon X300 SE PCI-Express Graphics. The actual card has; ASUS Falcon 2 Rev 1.05 08-170062150. I'm not running ROXIO or any other 3rd paty software at this stage as the HP manual states that the Red/White/Yellow component connections on the computer are for connecting a VCR or similar device and no mention is made of requiring additional software. They are physically connected to the graphics card, but if they don't achieve anything without 3rd party software then I'll buy some and stop trying to figure out why they don't already work. I posted in what I though was a general purpose area for this subject - I didn't realise that it was specific to Creator 2010.

The question remaining there is, are those jacks inputs, or outputs. It's not terribly uncommon for a video card to have a composite (yellow) output jack, so that you could capture/watch what was on your monitor on a TV or VCR. Indeed, that would require no extra software. So, determining if your yellow jack is an input or output will be the key. If it's an output, then you'll need something like the Roxio USB Video Capture device to use to capture a signal from your VCR.

 

Hope that helps!

 

Some more information that confirms there is no video input on your card:

 

 

Video Input

  • Type None

Video Output

  • Max Resolution (external) 2048 x 1536
  • Supported Display Graphics QXGA (2048x1536)
  • API Supported OpenGL 1.5 , DirectX 9.0
  • TV Interface TV out
  • Analog Video Format S-Video
  • Digital Video Standard Digital Visual Interface (DVI)

Edited by d_deweywright
(added supporting information about video card)
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the HP manual states that the Red/White/Yellow component connections on the computer are for connecting a VCR or similar device and no mention is made of requiring additional software.
I had an HP Media Center PC (2005) and the connections you mentioned were on a Hauppauge TV card in my machine. Not on the Video card. I had no problem capturing from VCR using Roxio's Media Import with those connections.

 

Seems like there was some software included on it that would capture, but I don't remember what. I already had EMC 9 or 10 at the time.

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The Red/White/Yellow RCA terminals on the computer are labelled "Input", so I am assuming they are input jacks. There is also an S-Video Input Jack but I havn't tried that one. From some of the responses I'm not sure if they are connected to the TV or Video Card, I assumed it was the video card, but mounted on the same card is a small metal box into which the TV and FM antenna connections are mounted. The 3.5 mm Audio Input and speaker output terminals are mounted on a different card so maybe the Red/White/Yellow are on the TV card, I don't have enough knowledge to know for sure. Anyway, the identification on the card is: ASUS Falcon 2 Rev 1.05.

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