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Hi any body out there ever tried to copy VHS tapes to their hard drive? If so how do you do it? I eventualy want to make DVDs from VHS
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Reply By: Member - Wayne N (QLD) - Sunday, Mar 06, 2005 at 16:16

Sunday, Mar 06, 2005 at 16:16
You need a video capture card in the computer to convert the signal from the RCA output of the video player to a suitable video format file on your hard drive. You will need a large HD, video files can be very large. Necesssary software usually comes with the capture card.
Then to put it on to a DVD, use DVd authoring software usually supplied with DVD burner.
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Reply By: Allan Mac (VIC) - Sunday, Mar 06, 2005 at 17:14

Sunday, Mar 06, 2005 at 17:14
I'm in the midst of doing mine now.. Capture card or USB device.? I'm using a D-Link DUB T200 with HT software. It is frustrating given the quality of the VHS tapes and out of sync audio with video. Also running a 80 GB external H/D specifically for capture ans authoring(sp) . can be done just need a lot of patience, time and expect that they wont be you beaut quality
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Reply By: charlies - Sunday, Mar 06, 2005 at 18:49

Sunday, Mar 06, 2005 at 18:49
And, can take a while

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Reply By: REX.....(Adelaide) - Sunday, Mar 06, 2005 at 20:32

Sunday, Mar 06, 2005 at 20:32
go buy a dvd recorder like a vcr but records on to a dvd one of the cheap ones 200-300 dollars conect theav out cables to the av input on the dvd recorder press play and record and there you have it takes as long as it takes to watch the video iv done it heaps of times message me if you want to know more
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Reply By: Groove - Sunday, Mar 06, 2005 at 21:17

Sunday, Mar 06, 2005 at 21:17
Hi Ray
Most Digital video cameras will convert analogue video in (from VCR) to digital. You need a firewire card in the PC to then recieve the data from the camera.

It works well
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Reply By: GOB & denny vic member - Sunday, Mar 06, 2005 at 21:30

Sunday, Mar 06, 2005 at 21:30
goodday ray and others
i have all this gear on my computor but as long as you dont want to do to much editing it is quicker and easier to buy a dvd recorder with a hard drive
ray you need capture card etc as stated above and from my experience it takes about 6 hrs to do 1 hr of dvd with the new recorder i can fit 2 hrs of tape at reasonable quality onto 1 dvd in 2 hrs

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Reply By: Glenno - Monday, Mar 07, 2005 at 19:30

Monday, Mar 07, 2005 at 19:30
I have a TV Tuner card which captures the VCR to disk. I then use Nero (DVD Burning software) to compress the capture onto DVD. It also allows you to author your own menu's, which is great for recording those old 8 part series on VCR over to DVD.

Like someone said above, it takes time, not only to capture the VCR (A 3hour movie will take 3hours to capture, and can take 3 times as long to convert into DVD format. The buring to DVD only takes a few minutes.

With Blank DVD's around 80c each, I have been going through my VCR collection. I kick off a capture when I get home from work, and a compress when I go to bed, and burn it before I go to work. Can burn through them easily enough.

The day I can use my VCR as a boat anchor cannot come soon enough!

By the way you dont need to spend heaps of cash on a capture card. My TV Tuner was 2nd hand for $30, think they are $99 new. You just need to make sure your PC has enough grunt to capture the 25frames a second coming off the VCR.


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