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Transferring VHS footage to DVD/computer

Discussion in 'Video capturing from analog sources' started by baddassb, May 20, 2007.

  1. baddassb

    baddassb Regular member

    Jan 22, 2005
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    I have a high-end Inspiron laptop and want to copy all my vhs tapes to my computer and/or DVD. I originally thought of purchasing a DVD Recorder/VHS combo, but the conversion process to AVI format after the transfer may be lengthy. It was recommended that I buy an AverTV Cardbus Notebook TV Tuner/PVR. Any information on this card's reliability or are there any other suggestions for this process?

    Thanks in advance,
  2. attar

    attar Senior member

    Jun 17, 2005
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    Inasmuch as some (commercial)VHS tapes use Macrovision and some DVD recorders honour it (to prevent recording).
    If I was going with a DVD-VCR combo I would make sure that it either ignored Macrovision or the video output could be run through an 'Image Stabilizer' before it went to DVD.
    The same applies to capture cards;some ignore it, others don't.

    I use a DVD recorder and record the tape straight to DVD-RW.
    I can then edit the the disk on the pc and resave to DVD-R.

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