VHS To PC transfer

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Hi,

I came across my old vhs camcorder the other day and was wondering what i
need to do to transfer my old taped recordings onto my pc in order to edit
then output to dvd.

Any help most appreciated.
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  1. Archived from groups: rec.video.desktop (More info?)

    news wrote:
    > Hi,
    >
    > I came across my old vhs camcorder the other day and was wondering
    > what i need to do to transfer my old taped recordings onto my pc in
    > order to edit then output to dvd.
    >
    > Any help most appreciated.

    You need an A to D converter and a firewire card. I happen to prefer the
    Canopus ADVC100, but if you can afford it, you might want to consider an
    ADVC300 for its vhs-clean-up features.
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    On Mon, 30 Aug 2004, "news" <keith@bandhits.co.uk> wrote:
    >I came across my old vhs camcorder the other day and was wondering what i
    >need to do to transfer my old taped recordings onto my pc in order to edit
    >then output to dvd.

    You need to convert the analog signal to digital, here is
    one choice http://www.videoguys.com/canopus.htm

    For all else, read at http://www.videohelp.com/


    John Thomas Smith
    http://www.direct2usales.com
    http://www.pacifier.com/~jtsmith
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    twobirds wrote:

    > news wrote:
    > > Hi,
    > >
    > > I came across my old vhs camcorder the other day and was wondering
    > > what i need to do to transfer my old taped recordings onto my pc in
    > > order to edit then output to dvd.
    > >
    > > Any help most appreciated.
    >
    > You need an A to D converter and a firewire card. I happen to prefer the
    > Canopus ADVC100, but if you can afford it, you might want to consider an
    > ADVC300 for its vhs-clean-up features.

    Or consider a "tuner card". You can get the "Media center edition" of the
    Hauppauge PVR-250 card for around $100 these days, about 1/3 the cost aof a
    Firewire convertor.

    The advantage here is that the PVR-250 does hardware mpeg-2 conversion,
    saving many, many hours of rendering time.

    You can use Womble Mpeg-VCR or Mpeg-Wizard ($50 and up) to do frame accurate
    mpeg-2 editing, with no re-rendering required.

    So you end up with an almost real-time workflow, for very little cash. The
    PVR-250 can capture at up to at least 8 megabits per second, far more than
    you need for old analog tapes. The quality of the PVR-250 is actually very
    good, especially for old tapes. I record sports shows and action movies on
    mine and have never once seen any blockiness.

    Keith
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    You can also purchase a capture card or devise for under $100 to do the
    same. You would need to convert it with a editing program. ATI TV Wonder VE
    works well...I have it installed in both my pc's. Just depends on how much
    you want to spend.

    "John Thomas Smith" <jtsmith@pacifier.com> wrote in message
    news:mr07j09earoojkluq7k7loij4cb3eu8h0r@4ax.com...
    > On Mon, 30 Aug 2004, "news" <keith@bandhits.co.uk> wrote:
    > >I came across my old vhs camcorder the other day and was wondering what i
    > >need to do to transfer my old taped recordings onto my pc in order to
    edit
    > >then output to dvd.
    >
    > You need to convert the analog signal to digital, here is
    > one choice http://www.videoguys.com/canopus.htm
    >
    > For all else, read at http://www.videohelp.com/
    >
    >
    > John Thomas Smith
    > http://www.direct2usales.com
    > http://www.pacifier.com/~jtsmith


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    > Hi,
    >
    > I came across my old vhs camcorder the other day and was wondering what i
    > need to do to transfer my old taped recordings onto my pc in order to edit
    > then output to dvd.
    >
    > Any help most appreciated.

    Depends how much you want to spend and what kind of quality you are looking
    for. You can get cards with real-time MPEG2 encoding that will record a DVD
    compliant file directly to your HD. The Hauppauge PVR cards are quite
    popular and relatively hassle-free, but they are not as efficient in terms
    of size/quality as certain other solutions.

    Like other have suggested, the Canopus range of DV cards are very popular,
    but perhaps a little bit more expensive than what some people are prepared
    to spend. You will need to re-encode the resulting DV files to MPEG2 using a
    software encoder. It can take quite a while depending on the specs of your
    PC, but it's the best way to optimize your final output.

    You could also grab a cheap capture cards with no hardware encoding, such as
    Hauppauge's WinTV cards. They can be found for as little as $30-50. Like the
    Canopus cards, the captured files need to be re-encoded to MPEG2, and it's
    worth remembering that you need a pretty fast computer if you want to
    capture at full 720 x 480/576 with one of these cards.

    Have you looked into whether you main videocard might can do video capture?
    Many new cards have that function build in.

    There are obviously a lot of different opinion on which is the best way to
    go, so I would suggest you go pick up a handful of different cards, try them
    out, and take the ones you didn't like back for a refund. "compatibility
    issues" is usually a good excuse... and very often true, as capture cards
    are notoriously incompatible with lots of different PC hardware.
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    On Mon, 30 Aug 2004 12:57:10 -0600, "twobirds" <notareal@eaddy.com>
    wrote:

    >You need an A to D converter

    A capture card, that is.

    >and a firewire card.

    That is for transfering DV, and has no place in the capture/digitizing
    from an VHS camcorder (which is analog material), unless you intend to
    use a DV cam to digitize. But a cheap capture card (Avermedia, ...) is
    all that's needed.
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    Bariloche wrote:
    > On Mon, 30 Aug 2004 12:57:10 -0600, "twobirds" <notareal@eaddy.com>
    > wrote:
    >
    >> You need an A to D converter
    >
    > A capture card, that is.
    >
    >> and a firewire card.
    >
    > That is for transfering DV, and has no place in the capture/digitizing
    > from an VHS camcorder (which is analog material), unless you intend to
    > use a DV cam to digitize. But a cheap capture card (Avermedia, ...) is
    > all that's needed.

    LOL. That avermedia *is* an A to D converter. "...allows you to capture
    from your analog or digital camcorder to your hard drive..." It has a built
    in mpeg2 encoder (which may or may not measure up to the hauppauge already
    mentioned). So, you input analog source and it spits out an mpeg2 (which is
    digital). Thus: "A to D" which means "Analog to Digital".

    OK.. The OP said he wants to capture - then edit - then output to DVD.
    Mpeg2 compressing content before editing is not the way to go. It is
    difficult to avoid re-compressing if the content is going to be edited.
    Therefore, a hardware mpeg encoder is not really a good solution for this
    application (IMHO).
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