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#1 OldPhil

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Posted 29 September 2013 - 08:31 AM

I like many have quite a few tapes I would like to load onto my computer then burn to CD's.  I will be using a Toshiba lap top, not sure if it has all the needed connections.  Are there preferred adapters from player to computer, also been looking at Corel and Roxio kits.  Looking for the best least expensive setup.
 
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Posted 29 September 2013 - 09:22 AM

Can you give us specs of your VHS, picture of connectors behind your VHS and your computer specs? OK, your com specs in signature.

 

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Posted 29 September 2013 - 02:31 PM

Hi

Basics:

Your laptop is not set to capture video so You need to get a USB capture device.

I'm going by Your given Location, USA

This one includes a TV Tuner. http://www.hauppauge.com/site/products/data_hvr950q.html

This one is Video Capture only. http://www.hauppauge.com/site/products/data_usblive2.html

or this http://www.bestbuy.com/site/dazzle-dvd-recorder-hd/3244597.p?id=1218405787819&skuId=3244597

 

Basic Workflow is, Capture, Edit, Author, Burn to DVDs, CDs will not hold enough to give good results.

Capture to DVD specs, Optional step after capture is edit and filter.

 

So You need a capture device for USB, Preferably with Software included.

 

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Posted 30 September 2013 - 02:09 AM

This is the device I use.

http://www.amazon.com/ION-Video-Analog-Digital-Converter/dp/B002MT7JFQ

I do not use the software that comes with it, I simply use "Windows Media Encoder", built into Windows7, it recognizes the device, and works great.

Then I use Roxio Creator 2012, "convert video" feature to burn the files to DVD.



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Posted 30 September 2013 - 12:29 PM

Hi and thanks a bunch for the replies, I will look into some of the suggestions and go from there.

 

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Posted 01 October 2013 - 11:01 AM

Good Luck with Your project.

 

BTW if You decide you want to filter the captures to improve the end result let us know. There are free solutions.

I can not point to any at this moment as what tools you use depends on what You desire as Your end result.

Examples would be a Standard DVD that any DVD player will play. Or AVI, WMV, etc.

 

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Posted 02 October 2013 - 10:43 AM

If you intend to ultimately end up wanting it on a DVD that you can play in a DVD player, then the other option is to just get a VHS/DVD Recorder that will allow you to "dub" the VHS to the DVD (assuming that the VHS does not have some commercial copy protection that might mess with things). It will generally be a LOT less time consuming. Of course, it will likely cost a bit more (i.e. about $150). Basically, it will take however long the playback of the VHS tape lasts.

With the computer based solution, in addition to the time it takes the VHS tape to play back (and "capture" to the computer, you will also have the time it takes to convert that "capture" to the appropriate DVD video format for a DVD video disc (depends on how powerful your computer is) plus the time it takes to burn the actual disc (generally not all that long).

So, if time is an issue, then the VHS/DVD Recorder might be the better option.

If time is not an issue, then the computer route is likely better and cheaper.

Of course, if you also want the videos in some format on your computer as well as on DVD, then either option will take about the same time (for the VHS/DVD recorder, you would have the added time of "ripping" the disc you make from the recorder) in rough terms.




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