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I’m just now planning to use the CREATOR NXT PRO that I purchased sometime last year to begin transferring (just ripping/no editing right now) analog tapes to digital files, so I can get rid of boxes of old tapes. But I have some questions. First of all, the program only gives me an option for an AVI and not a VOB file type. What’s the difference? Should I be concerned that I can’t convert to VOB, which a lot of professionals use? Secondly, I’m assuming that I don’t need to be concerned about getting the 4 x 3 ratio at this point. Finally, I’m assuming that the best capture setting for transfer is the DVD HQ setting, which seems to be the largest file and the one that will give me the highest quality for editing these videos at a later time. Any input would be greatly appreciated. I’m using a One-Touch Super Multi as a transfer box.

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First - "VOB" is not a format, per se, and Nothing actually converts to that...

 

VOB is an 'Authored' file which is part of a DVD Movie.

 

DVD Movies are not simple files slapped onto a disc!

(vob's are actually mpeg2 or mpeg files)

 

You seem to have an Analogue to Digital converter??? Do you have Roxio's Video Capture USB device?

 

While these were written for an earlier version, they still apply and should answer most of your questions:

 

Work Flow & Strategy -

 

Capture -

 

Look through those.

 

Get a disc or 2 of DVD RW media (erasable) that you can use for learning/testing/ experimenting... (never use RW media for anything you value!)

 

Of course if you have questions after you try out a few things, pop back and ask them ;)

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Thanks, Jim!

 

I'm still not sure why I need to get the Roxio Capture USB, when my One Touch has all the inputs (including S-Video). Won't the signal quality be the same between the two devices? And, speaking of signal quality, can you give me an idea of the difference between the quality I would get using the yellow RCA from the composite cord and the S-Video? Do more pixels transfer? Lines of resolution better? Also, what's the difference between transferring to DV and the DVD HQ? Is there a way, also to get a better audio signal, or will the signal transferred with the white and red audio wires be enough to work with? Again, my ONLY goal right now is to rip, not to edit. By the way, my computer is 64X2 dual.

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Thanks, Jim!

 

I'm still not sure why I need to get the Roxio Capture USB, when my One Touch has all the inputs (including S-Video). Won't the signal quality be the same between the two devices? And, speaking of signal quality, can you give me an idea of the difference between the quality I would get using the yellow RCA from the composite cord and the S-Video? Do more pixels transfer? Lines of resolution better? Also, what's the difference between transferring to DV and the DVD HQ? Is there a way, also to get a better audio signal, or will the signal transferred with the white and red audio wires be enough to work with? Again, my ONLY goal right now is to rip, not to edit. By the way, my computer is 64X2 dual.

 

Your One Touch may have all the inputs but that does not necessarily make it compatible with the Roxio software. The "signal quality" may well be different between the devices.

There are no pixels transferred. The capture devices convert the analog signal from the VHS source to a "digital" format.

As the analog is converted to digital it is also converted to a video format such as DV avi or mpg. Generally DV is better quality but results in much larger files since the mpg format requires much higher compression.

The red & white cables are the only way to get the audio portion of the source video.

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Okay! You've convinced me. Can you suggest a retail outlet that would carry the Roxio Capture USB? Best Buy?

 

Also, when I finally get to my VHS tapes (I'm starting with the 8mm, since I still have that camera), I can't seem to locate a player in any retail outlet (not surprising) OR online. No one seems to carry anything except a combination VHS/DVD type of converter, and usually it's a Toshiba. And, when I do find the specs, it indicates that there is only an S-Video out for the DVD, not for the VHS. I don't know . . . did VHS player/recorders EVER have an S-Video out that you know of?

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