So we've got some old VHS's of family holidays and events and such and I was wondering what the best way of capturing this stuff onto dvd or even better, to put if on my own computer so that I can edit it and put it together properly. I know I'd need a VHS player and like a TV card or something, but I'm not exactly sure about the details. Has anyone done this before, can someone point me in the right direction.
Sounds like you need a USB or PCI capture card:
I did this before but you need a camera with a Video and Audio In/Out and Firewire connection. You can hook up the AV cables from your VHS to your camera. Just press record and whatever's playing in your VHS should show up in your camera and record it. Once you're done recording you can dump the tape to your computer via Firewire. I have Adobe Premiere Pro so capturing the video was pretty easy but I think you can use Windows Movie Maker too.
Or you can just follow the link that Homer gave and buy one of those hardwares. :D
johnnyvid;4743638I have Adobe Premiere Pro so capturing the video was pretty easy but I think you can use Windows Movie Maker too.
Yeah. WMM has a "capture from device" option. Also, I failed to think about it, but are you running on a Mac or Windows machine?
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You will need a PCI tv / capture card. They are fairly cheap now and well worth it. Then simply use a scart lead (or composite) to connect it to your vhs player. Hit play then record on the card. Or you couls spend a lot more money and buy a usb vhs player and capture them straight from that.
I've done this before. You do need a capture card as well as a VHS tape deck that will be mounted by the card.
Essentially what you need to do is have your computer "watch" the VHS by playing it while your hardware/software combination is recording. It takes forever, encoding takes three times as long and the quality is often worse than the VHS itself. Unless you get lucky.
With my one attempt, the audio became desyched about halfway through the film, and a few frames got dropped here and there.
Only time I ever did it, the audio became unsynched (by a few seconds after ~20 mins in), and the file is huge (3.18 GB for 1hr 22min). That was when I had a Radeon 9800 All-In-Wonder video card about 5 years ago.
Homer Gonerson;4746329Only time I ever did it, the audio became unsynched (by a few seconds after ~20 mins in), and the file is huge (3.18 GB for 1hr 22min). That was when I had a Radeon 9800 All-In-Wonder video card about 5 years ago.
Pretty much the same. I can't remember what model, but it was the All in Wonder card too..