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Old 12-05-2011, 05:48 PM   #11
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snip...... You might be better off to trade your tapes in on used DVDs of the same titles.
Unfortunately in my case the VHS tapes are home movies.

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Old 12-06-2011, 09:18 PM   #12
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3'senough,

Just a little update.

I was finally was able to get my Windows Movie Maker video clip format converted so that it would run in the newer NTCS formatted DVD players (worked on a newer unit, still won't run in my old Sony unit).

I downloaded the following free Video Format Converter that resolved my burned DVD disc play issue (worked great): http://download.cnet.com/Any-Video-C...ml?tag=mncol;1

On the subject of converting my VHS to DVD's, I borrowed a VHS to DVD converter (stand alone unit) from my brother in-law, but have yet to try it.

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Glad to hear you are having some luck. I think that is the same program for conversion that I used for my Flip conversions. Works fast and effectively.

The stand alones work, but also take very long to convert and burn. Problem with the VHS is that it is real time upload. Have to played and uploaded at the same time.

My camcorder had a fire wire plug in the side which my wife's laptop also had to make the upload from my tapes into the computer for electronic files.

Check your unit for any USB type plugs that you might be able to use for this to upload them to the computer. My unit was a Sony hi8 with a digital camera. Depending on age of the unit it may not have something like that.

Though you mentioned earlier about the video capture not being in your PC. I wonder if you get the right hookup that it might work for you?
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Old 12-16-2011, 08:50 PM   #14
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VHS to DVD Update:

Well, as mentioned in a prior post I borrowed a Samsung VR-330 (VHS/DVD Recorder), should know in a couple of hours if the VHS to DVD transfer worked

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Well it worked..... for the most part.

I thought the DVD disc would have enough space to accept all the data on the VHS tape, but it didn't. So I "finalized" the DVD disc, then played the disc confirming that the transfer did work .

Now, when I went to "initialize" a second unused DVD for the remainder of the VHS tape data transfer, the Samsung wouldn't initialize the DVD, tried two other new unused DVD's....same problem.

Until the "initialization" of the disc is complete, data can't be transfered.

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Be sure to keep the originals. Anything burned at home (cd, dvd...) will not last as long as a professional copy. I know this from experience.
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Old 12-18-2011, 06:11 PM   #18
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snip...... Anything burned at home (cd, dvd...) will not last as long as a professional copy. I know this from experience.
Just curious, what is done differently between and home burned and professionally burned DVD (VHS to DVD) that would impact longevity?

I only want to go through this process once

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Just curious, what is done differently between and home burned and professionally burned DVD (VHS to DVD) that would impact longevity?

I only want to go through this process once

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How's the conversion process coming? Can I uncross my fingers now?

Commercial CDs and DVDs aren't burned; they are pressed. When a CD is burned, a laser beam alters a dye layer in the disk. That dye layer will degrade over time, the length of which depends on the quality of the disk. Commercial disks don't use a dye layer. The data is embossed into the disk. That is why they will last pretty much forever.

Almost all electronic media is highly volatile. In addition to physical damage and degradation, media types eventually become obsolete. While I feel digital data storage is by far the most practical, one must take precautions to protect that media.

I personally would have converted the VHS tapes to video files instead of burning to DVD but I can also understand the convenience of DVDs. You need to back up your DVDs to video files stored on hard drives, such as one in your computer and external ones. Since even backups can be damaged or stolen, it is vital to have multiple backups, both local and offsite. I'm using an external hard drive at home for one backup and I'm also using a cloud backup service (Carbonite). For $55/yr, it automatically encrypts and uploads my data on my computer starting almost immediately after it is generated (Mozy is pretty much the same for $60/yr). By using a cloud backup, if my home burns down or my computer and external hard drive are stolen, my data (and I have one heckuva lot of it) can be recovered from the cloud backup.
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How's the conversion process coming? Can I uncross my fingers now?.....snip
As mentioned in an earlier post, I did one successful VHS to DVD burn, but I can't get any of the other unused DVD+R disc's to "initialize". I also found out a few hours ago that this a common problem with the Samsung unit I'm using, doesn't recognize disc's that it should.

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snip.......Commercial CDs and DVDs aren't burned; they are pressed. When a CD is burned, a laser beam alters a dye layer in the disk. That dye layer will degrade over time, the length of which depends on the quality of the disk. Commercial disks don't use a dye layer. The data is embossed into the disk. That is why they will last pretty much forever.....snip.
I understand the process of "pressing" a DVD/CD within a mass production environment, but are you saying that if I hand over my VHS tapes to a professional they will "press" me a DVD rather than "burn" me a DVD copy of the VHS data?


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