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Old 12-03-2011, 06:59 PM   #1
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VHS to DVD Converters..??

Ok, I have a bunch of old VHS format videos that need to be converted to DVD, and thought this would be a good winter project.

Since it appears that my PC Radeon HIS 4670 graphics board doesn't have video capture capability, I started looking at the other options out there. I nixed the idea of adding another card to my PC (cost, etc.).., so here is where I landed: http://vhs-to-dvd-converters-review.toptenreviews.com/

Has anyone used any of the products shown/similar in the review?

Any feedback on the subject would be welcome.

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Interestingly enough I thought about something similar yesterday. I don't really have an answer for you, just piggybacking on your thread. I have a lot of old 8mm home movies i wanted to convert to a DVD as well. Wondered how to go about it. I'll follow your thread replies and might find some answers for myself.
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Old 12-04-2011, 10:28 AM   #3
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I got a Roxio kit from Costco last year... even supposed to create 3D... but have been too busy to use it so far...
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Old 12-04-2011, 10:53 AM   #4
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I have 45-50 VCR tapes of the kids growing up and now 75-80 VHS Camcorder tapes of the grandkids to convert...one of these days. Of course whatever product I buy, I hope it has an edit device as it would be impossible and impracticle to try to DVD all of them.
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Old 12-05-2011, 09:24 AM   #5
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Bob, I can tell you that the burning process can take FORRREEVVERR....figure about 2 hrs run time for evey 45mins of DVD movie run time just for burning. The upload process is fairly quick on the VHS upload with real time upload vs playback. 1 min play to 1 min upload being that the files are not electronic. I have made a few DVD using the Roxio program loaded in my wifes new HP PC. You can blend new and old formats and use the movie maker to edit and blend videos. One thing I miss with the new version of video recordings is the stop and start that you used to get with Hi8 or VHS which would play as continous piece regardless of how many times you stop and start it. The new types you need to do with the movie programs since every time you press the stop and start button you create a new file.

My point here is that you need to have a tremendous amount of down time on your PC just to create a DVD so your JOF time would take a hit .

There are a few free programs out there you might be able to find. Try Cnet for starters as a safe site. I had to upload a conversion file for my FLIP in order to burn the files on Roxio. Also I use firewire on my Hi8 to upload to the PC. PC needs to have the jack. Of course you will need a DVD burner if you don't have.
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Here is a link for the one I have ... I think you can look see if it does what you want
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Also keep in mind that the video quality of a VHS movie is not as good as a DVD movie so the quality may not be acceptable. You might be better off to trade your tapes in on used DVDs of the same titles.
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Old 12-05-2011, 10:22 AM   #8
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3'senough,

Thanks for the feedback.

I had heard about the "foreever" time it takes to produce DVD from a VHS tape, and the "bunch" of VHS tapes I have that is actually worth converting only amounts to six, but still will take a little time.

My desktop PC has a DVD burner, and have burned CD's and some DVD+R video/music clips I made using Windows Movie Maker (utilizing some travel photos)....., still learning. I found that my Sony DVD player won't play the DVD I burned, but my PC can play it...., I think (?) it may have something to do with the fact that the DVD has photos on it and the Sony unit can't read it (still looking into this issue).

There seems to be a fair amount of users of the Diamond and Roxio products, so I may start looking more closely at those products. I did read somewhere that some folks did have some minor software issues with the Roxio Easy product.

Sounds like my first few attempts will be a little trial and error once I get a converter product.

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Depending on the age of the DVD player could also be a determining factor in playback. There are some thrid party companies that do the conversion for you that might be worth the money spent. Like LF said quality is something that you cannot upgrade, but having an up to date format can help preserve the films that could deteriorate over time.

For playback you might try a different format when you burn it. Forgive me as I have not burned something in a while, so it's not coming to quick mind, but there should be a format or two for you to choose when buring. If I remember corectly the Windows based movie maker will not support a regular DVD format that works well on DVD players which is why I used Roxio.

If you know someone with a Blu-ray or very new upconverting DVD player try it in there. Maybe even a Best buy for a quick look.

You'll need some seriuos memory space too. At least a G to save the movie once it's formated before the burn. It's worse than watching paint dry.

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Depending on the age of the DVD player could also be a determining factor in playback. ........snip
3senough,

I tend to agree that's it's my 8 year old Sony CD/DVD player, even though it was considered a high-end unit in it's day. I confirmed that the player region codes matched (it plays all anyways), it's compatible for both DVD-R & DVD+R discs, but it appears that my particular model Sony has a sensitive copyright protection system.... and that includes "NO" home burnt DVD's (I even tried a burned CD-R, same results).

Plan to check my burned DVD's with another DVD player tomorrow.

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