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Need video camera output (AV) to laptop input to capture content of old tapes


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#1 rderkins

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Posted 04 August 2018 - 02:27 PM

I have an old camera (Canon ZR900) and a box of tapes I am looking to preserve in a more accessible format.

The output cable with the camera plugs into a single "AV" jack on the device which then splits into three male AV cables (red and white audio, yellow video).

I am certain that this cable functions, as I was able to get audio and video through my television.

What I would like to do, if possible, is output to my laptop so that I can use recording software to generate video files.

 

The laptop is an ASUS GL752VW.

 

It does have an HDMI port, but it is output only.

I suspect the only option will be USB input.

 

The question I have is this:  Will this work?

I don't want to just buy any female AV to male USB adapter and slap it together.

I suspect the laptop will fail to recognize the device and won't know how to process the data stream.

If I can get the laptop to recognize this as an audio/video input stream, I suspect I will be to find a way to do what I want.  If not, I will address that as a separate issue.  I know I could buy a DVD recording device that can take AV input if I need to and then convert.  Could connecting directly to a USB port on a laptop actually work?

 

Thanks in advance.



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#2 lti

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Posted 04 August 2018 - 05:07 PM

You will need a USB video capture device. You will need one with audio inputs because that laptop does not have a line-in jack (some only capture video). I don't have one to recommend, but I can say that the StarTech SVID2USB2 has poor video quality.



#3 rderkins

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Posted 04 August 2018 - 05:36 PM

Thanks for the tip. I’ll look into it. I can always grab the audio with my desktop in a pinch. I appreciate the fast response.

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Posted 04 August 2018 - 05:55 PM

Take a look at some of the options on this newegg page:  https://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Description=usb%20video%20capture&Submit=ENE 


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Posted 04 August 2018 - 06:48 PM

And even a link to my favorite website :). A friend of mine wanted to set up a VR rig and I was able to spec out everything he needed for a min, mid, and max range VR ready system, including the thermal paste, and send them to him. You gotta love Newegg.

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Posted 05 August 2018 - 08:16 AM

Links not working. Looks like maybe a problem on their server? Anyway, Ill poke around and see what they have. If there is a device you recommend, just let me know.

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Posted 08 August 2018 - 04:17 PM

That camera is outputting NTSC video which is the same as an antique, analog TV set and will not give you anything that is not low resolution (625X525 interlaced).  Are they special tapes or could they be captured from a different playback device?

What are the tapes?

(Even SVideo is a 40% improvement in the picture)


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Posted 09 August 2018 - 10:23 AM

I looked into dozens of devices to take analog video and input it into a PC for recording and editing.  USB devices and PC cards didn't have the real power to capture full content, with limitations on scan rates, resolution and video formats made for unsatisfactory results.  I found that a straight conversion of VHS and VHS© tapes straight to DVD with a stand-alone device to be the best.  Once on a DVD, it was then easy to to edit and re-burn the content to the final result.  



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Posted 09 August 2018 - 10:46 AM

I found that a straight conversion of VHS and VHS© tapes straight to DVD with a stand-alone device to be the best.  Once on a DVD, it was then easy to to edit and re-burn the content to the final result.  

 

And you'd be shocked at just how many VCR and recording DVD players are sitting on thrift store shelves, fully functional but relegated to the "donate pile" at one point or another.

 

You can also still buy them new at some Wal-Marts, at the very least.


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Posted 09 August 2018 - 09:01 PM

I got my unit, a Funai from a friend who saw them at BigLots for $100. USD.  He bought three, one didn't have the tape to DVD copy button but a little magic with line out from the VHS to line in on the DVD gave it life.  One other was shot, the tuner was bad but worked fine otherwise.  I attempted the repair but lack of schematics stiopped me in my tracks.  I asked the friend what he wanted to do with it and he said keep it or toss it.  I kept it and made full use of the cross record function and now with the digital broadcasts, the tuner is worthless anyway.



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Posted 10 August 2018 - 08:53 PM

What are the tapes?


They are Mini DV cassettes

Edited by rderkins, 10 August 2018 - 08:54 PM.


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Posted 11 August 2018 - 04:43 AM

Your Mini DV tapes are already digital & any conversions to analogue & back to digital should be avoided if possible. The intended way to transfer video off these cameras was with the IEEE1394 / Firewire interface, but that interface is not generally fitted to modern PCs. Your best bet for successful transfer is to find an old computer with a Firewire interface that you can buy/borrow/use,  & transfer your videos one at a time to that machine. You will probably want to do some transcoding of these large video files to reduce their size - then copy them to whatever current format you choose.

 

(You could also apparently use a modern Thunderbolt equipped Apple machine with a Thunderbolt to Firewire adaptor. USB to Firewire adaptors for PCs are apparently troublesome so should probably be avoided)


Edited by rqt, 11 August 2018 - 04:49 AM.





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