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VHS to AVI ?

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#1 TheStalker


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Posted 26 February 2009 - 11:07 AM

Hi all,

I have a TV VHS combi (the last VHS player in the house) I was wondering what would be the best way to hook it upto my computer so i can get my VHS into AVI file to store. Im not sure what outputs the TV has i think it pretty old and has one scat, Two phono type connectors in the front (yellow and white i think) but i am not sure what is input nad what is output ??

I think i could use nero or somthing to capture the video once ive got it coming into the computer.

Any ideas would be great or even pics :thumbsup:

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#2 tg1911


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Posted 27 February 2009 - 12:43 PM

You would need some type of video capture device.

Another option would be to go with a DVD/VCR combo, that would allow you to go straight to DVD.
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Posted 27 February 2009 - 07:49 PM

I ran into a problem trying to record on to a blank DVD and here is my experience:

I wanted to record home videos/movies from VHS tape to DVD.

I spent a lot of time researching recording on to a blank DVD.

There are 2 types of blank DVDs that you record on:

1st type is a negative blank DVD & it is marked DVD-R

2nd type is a positive blank DVD & it is marked DVD+R

Most DVD Recorders are programmed to record to only the negative blank DVD & it is marked DVD-R.

But some DVD Recorders are programmed to record to only the positive blank DVD & it is marked DVD+R.

Also some DVD Recorders will record to both types of blank DVDs.

The maximum time you can record to a blank DVD at best quality (SP) is 120min.

The brand of blank DVDs doesn't matter, they are all good quality.

You have to check the operating manual of the DVD Recorder that you intend to use for recording and purchase the proper type of blank DVD for that Recorder.

I intended to record using my DVD Recorder/Burner on my computer but discovered there were many limitations such as:

An external video playback source cannot be plugged in to my computer as there are no video input sockets/jacks.

I would have to install a video/tv card to my computer and this card would then have the video input-output sockets/jacks that I require.

I did purchase 2 all in one TV cards installed them and tried recording but they were not user friendly.

After reviewing the video recording software available to me on my computer, I found:

- I was limited to record only at the SP (high speed) for 2hrs
- Time settings where not available or very difficult to set up.

Too many hassles!!!!

I bought a very resonable priced DVD Recorder/Player (Samsung, Model DVD R150).

This DVD Recorder/Player records with no problems and I found very easy to operate. (Same as using a vhs tape recorder/player)

Any Video/Audio source can be plugged in for recording such as, tv, camera, vhs tape player, DVD player , etc.


An external DVD Recorder/Player much easier to use then a built in computer DVD Recorder/Player.

There are 2 types of blank DVDs available: a negative blank DVD (DVD-R)
and a positive blank DVD (DVD+R).

Check the operating manual of the DVD Recorder/Burner/Player that you intend to use for recording and purchase the proper type of blank DVD for that Recorder/Burner/Player.

Special note: I did try re-recordable DVDs. (DVD+RW or DVD-RW) is a re-recordable format . The data on a re-recordable DVD/RW disc can be erased and recorded over numerous times.

I found these re-recordable DVDs very tempermental and just a hassle to use.

Audio blank CDs which are CD-R (negative) are the most common used for recording on to a blank CD.

Happy Recording!!!!!

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Posted 02 March 2009 - 12:14 PM

I can vouch for the stand alone DVR.
I use a stand alone DVD recorder bought from Wallmart. One a Funai SV2000, I also use a Magnavox ZC320MW8. Both are almost identical. I have absolutely no problems burning home movies from, VHS, analog camcorders, or HBO movies, TV shows. from satellite. (Dish network has an agreement with the MPAA, one DVD copy per customer). These DVD's (VOB) are MPEG 2 files. (Not AVI) and can then be copied to your PC as an ISO image for storage, or, imported to your favorite video editor by copying the VOB files from the DVD to the PC, for further editing, Such as removing the DVR's crappy menu's and replacing them with something a little more professional. Or cutting out the commercials. I've done hundreds this way. With very little loss in quality, (as far as I can tell).
I use either DVD-R or DVD-RW. With the DVD-RW you get the option to cut titles, and un- finalize to use them again. (DVD+R's won't work in either)
You can record up to 6 hours of video, at pretty good quality. The recorder has 6 record modes. HQ=1 hour, SP=2 hours, SPP=2.5 hours, LP=3 hours, EP=4 hours, SLP=6 hours.
No more capture cards for me.

I have also used a Dazzle external capture device for my PC that gave horrible results.

Edited by 12x48y, 02 March 2009 - 12:22 PM.

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