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Converting VHS tape to DVD


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#1 rlight

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Posted 28 March 2015 - 03:33 PM

I found several old VHS tapes of our grand kids that I want to copy to a DVD.  I borrowed a converter and have had success on several conversions.  However, a couple of the VHS tapes have a stabilization problem when playing them back.  So the end result is the DVD copying doesn't do so well.  I am unable to finalize the DVD conversion because of this. Can anyone assist me?

 

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#2 Chris Cosgrove

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Posted 28 March 2015 - 07:28 PM

Try spooling the tapes fast forward / fast back a few times, this often solves this problem because it packs the tape evenly on the spindles and shakes off any loose dust.

 

What sort of equipment are you using for the conversion and what type of tape are you  using ?

 

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Posted 28 March 2015 - 08:45 PM

I spend a little time cleaning the heads and guides on an ols Memorex 4 head stereo unit.  Tapes that have been idle need to have the fast forward/rewind done before playing.  I have a rewinder that will go both was so it the tape gets cycles while I clean.  I have a Funai VHS/DVD recorder that will make exact copies of two hour tapes on DVDs but the tape transport drive motor is bad so I use the S-video input/output between units and it works well.  I've done the process using a PC with video capture card to get composite transfers but it takes much more setup time and prone to bugs.



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Posted 29 March 2015 - 05:56 PM

I have been usiig a video capture card on and off for a while for the same reason as you, and I agree, it is a fairly slow business but I have had good results. Give me a couple of days, I have a friend who does this sort of thing and has a siimilar direct copying unit. I shall have a word with hi and see what he says.

 

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