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12-22-2004, 12:09 PM
I want to copy a few of my VHS tapes onto DVD, so Iwent to Office Depot and they were charging an outrageous amount. I noticed there is software out there that can do this as well, but what is the best way (i.e., cheapest) to make this happen?
12-22-2004, 09:36 PM
Hi Early B.
I just transferred some video to the computer using a TV card for the computer. The card came with a vcr app for capturing/recording tv shows. It was simple enough to switch the signal to the composite input of the card and then play/record the footage.
TV cards prices range from $30ish and up. That'll handle the transfer. Then you'll have to figure out how to create the dvd.
You might want to see what's available at :
I ended up burning a VCD because I only have 13 mins. of footage I want to show off and Nero can handle vcd.
12-22-2004, 10:22 PM
Thanks, this is very helpful.
One more question -- since I don't have a DVD burner, if I use a TV card and upload a VHS video file, can I copy it onto CD as a data file and have have someone else load it on their computer with a DVD burner and copy it onto a DVD? Or would the file simply be too large, say for a 1 hour long video?
Since you have a CD burner, make VCD's. This is easy with Nero, just select Make Video CD, drag the video file to project and burn.
12-22-2004, 11:37 PM
Hi Early B.
It depends on several factors. The speed of your machine and the type of tv card may limit the resolution you can capture. It could also depend on the quality of your tape and other factors.
I'd suggest trying to capture the 1 hr video in 5-10 min segments. Capturing, editting, sequencing, and burning can be very time consuming. Check with your friend to see what software he has. Many dvd burners come with software to author and burn dvds. You should check to see what formats his software supports.
You can also check your cd burner software to see what it can do. My oem version of Nero can do a very simple VCD and SVCD.
You may also want to check some professional video places for quotes on transferring your tape. Office Depot probably is not the most inexpensive place for such a service.
Let me also say that this is my first attempt at this so there probably are better ways and software. ;)
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