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What do you need to transfer VHS to DVD / Digital?

Discussion in 'Audio Visual and Digital Home' started by Shaun, 13 May 2014.

  1. Shaun

    Shaun Über Geek

    What sort of equipment and / or software would you need to transfer a VHS video to DVD or digital media file?
     
  2. amusicsite

    amusicsite dn ʎɐʍ sᴉɥ┴ Staff Member

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    UK
    Something like this...

    http://www.dartsystems.co.uk/products/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=35

    Analog video capture device (basically an analog to digital video hardware encoder.)
     
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  3. Shaun

    Shaun Über Geek

    Thanks - next I need something to play the tape in? :confused:
     
  4. amusicsite

    amusicsite dn ʎɐʍ sᴉɥ┴ Staff Member

    Location:
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  5. Shaun

    Shaun Über Geek

    lol ... no, just our wedding video - it's our 12th anniversary and I thought it would make a nice addition to the family digital media collection. :thumbsup:

    Providing the local transfer service is cheaper than two hundred sovs then yes, probably the best way to go.

    Good to know you can still get VHS and DVD combos though. :thumbsup:
     
  6. beanz

    beanz Staff Member Staff Member

    Facing a similar task myself. I have some 8mm family video on tapes which I discovered when tidying out a cupboard last week. Steeling myself for another round of working out how to transfer it to digital format...

    Ten or more years ago, I transferred hours of family video - 7 x 180 minute VHS tapes from a full-size camcorder - to DVD using a capture card in my XP base unit (long gone) connected to a VHS video recorder. It worked pretty well but obviously took a few days. There was some loss of quality, but when you consider the VHS footage wasn't pristine in the first place, I was happy with the DVDs I made from them. I made a couple of sets for us and a set each for my children, plus I backed up the DVD files so that I have a safe copy on a couple of hard drives.

    Now, to tackle the 8mm stuff, I have to see if the capture card can be made to work under WIndows 7 - either that or I'm going to use a spare drive and stick my Windows XP back on it just for this. Next problem is the 8mm camcorder has an AV out that uses a 3.5mm din to S-video plug which I'm not familiar with. Guessing I'm going to need a different lead or an adapter lead/plug of some kind to connect either directly to the capture card or if not, to the video recorder (as a pass-through) and thence to the capture card on the pc.

    I'll be glad when it's done! :wink:
     
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  7. rusky

    rusky Staff Member

    You can do mine when too :thumbsup:
     
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