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VCR Analog files

Discussion in 'Video capturing from analog sources' started by movierfun, Jun 21, 2007.

  1. movierfun

    movierfun Guest

    Our media DVD + R or - R for dvd burning says they can copy 120 mins, that may be true copying dvd to dvd. But with copying vcr tapes the files are much larger I guess because they are analog so how does a person copy vcr movies that are longer.Is there much loss of picture quality when compressing? Which of course I don't know how to do.Is it worth it?
    How would one get a 90 min or longer movie on dvd media?
     
  2. attar

    attar Senior member

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    The captured files are converted to the format required (assume DVD) and either the authoring software ensures that the output will fit on a single layer disk or you can 'shrink' it to fit..note that it's not the size of the file that counts, it's the running time of the movie.
    A standard movie fits comfortably on a single layer disk with no noticeable loss of quality (apart from it being a tape to begin with)..
    The other option is to use (more expensive) dual layer disks.

    The quality of a good VCR tape converted to DVD is mostly the same.It looks like a tape.

    Some movie tapes have Macrovision protection;some standalone DVD recorders and some PC capture cards honour the protection.
    In that case you have to use a video stabilizer between the source video and destination
     
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    How do I shrink those files to fit on a DVD+R media? I've never done this before. What is the best program would I need to use for my video tape transfers on films from tape longer than an hour? Thank you if you are responding.
    Ken
     
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    If you don't have Nero, try this.

    http://dl.afterdawn.com/vsoDivxToDVD_setup_v0.5.2b.exe
    Import the file(s) (AVI, WMV,MPEG, VOB)
    Output (standard DVD file format) to a folder on the HDD.
    Set 'Aspect' to 4:3 (if you have a regular tv)
    Set 'Standard' to NTSC (if you live in North America)

    If the output is too large for a standard DVD-5, then load the output into DVD Shrink and click 'Backup'.
    Save the output to a folder or an ISO (image).

    DVD Shrink:
    http://www.mrbass.org/dvdshrink/dvdshrink32setup.zip
    Guide:
    http://www.mrbass.org/dvdshrink/
    Download, install and run.
    'Open Files' choose the folder with the DVD files.
    Click 'Backup!'


    In either case, you can burn the DVD with IMGBurn

    http://www.imgburn.com/

    Run ImgBurn
    Mode > 'Build'
    Output > 'Device'
    File > 'Browse for Folder', highlight on the 'VIDEO_TS' folder, > 'OK'
    Set speed to 4x and click the green write button.
    .
    Note: if you saved an ISO from DVD Shrink select 'Mode' > 'Write'
     

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