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#1 s1n86d

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Posted 01 October 2005 - 02:47 PM

Is it possible to copy video cassettes to DVD on a computer, if so what hardware/software is required/recommended. OS is XP Home 512g RAM

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Posted 02 October 2005 - 06:23 AM

Sure, it can be done. It does require some time and money investment.

In way of hardware you need:

A computer, with 512 MB RAM, the faster processor the better, and loads of hard drive space, at least 40 GB and upwards, to over 100 GB free.

A video player, obviously.

A video capture device. Either a video-capture card, a graphics card with video-capturing ability, or maybe the easiest, an external capturing device you plug into a USB 2 or firewire port.

A DVD burner, I recommend DVD-R, which is the format most DVD players can play.


In ways of software you need some Video Editing Software. I recommend either Pinnacle Studio or Power Director (which is the one I use).
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Posted 16 October 2005 - 09:42 PM

Hello s1n86d..What I have is an ATI_ALL-IN-WONDER 9000 PRO....About $200.00,works very well.U can find cheaper,I'm sure.but anyway mine has TV capibilitys..with in & out video lines.Right now I have a Dish cable box hooked up to my TV card,which gives me the ability to capture all my favorite TV shows similar to TIVO..on my TV capture program I can change from channel select to composite or S-Video in.then just use the cable box remote to change channels..on the back of my cable box there are 2 Video inputs 1 for a DVD Player & 1 for VHS Player.this is how I transfer my tapes.Once U have them captured,you will need a program called VSO DivxToDVD,which U can find on the net for free.This is an extremely nice little program for converting all types of video [Divx,Xvid,Avi,Mpeg4,Mpeg2] don't let the name fool you.what it does is takes the Mpeg2 file U converted from your VHS Tape & turns them into a working DVD.Next you will need a DVD Burning program like NERO BURNING ROM,assuming U have a DVD burner [Plextor or NEC] recommended if U don't have about $100.00 to $200.00.Next U need a good media[Disc].I recommend U invest in a few DVD RW's to start [I use Optodisc 4x DVD+RW 50 Pack in Cake Bx] U can use these over & over again[suitable for weekly TV shows]about $19.00+ shipping.This way if u make a mistake nothing is lost.Once U have all down patt.Go to Supermediastore.com or Meritline.com...Buy good Disc's [Ritek Ridata or Taiyo-Yuden] Buy in lots of 50..they will cost u about $0.60ea or less including shipping..final warning no matter what U hear I do not recommend burning any type of Disc over 4x speed.Any type of disc[8x,16x4x etc] u buy will burn at 4x,unless it is rated lower 1x2x2.4x etc...HOPE This helps

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Posted 17 October 2005 - 11:40 AM

You can buy a DVD recorder for pretty cheap now.
My neighbor has one and has converted all his VHS to DVD
I think he got it on sale cheaper then they're showing on the web site.
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