I am trying to capture a VHS tape to my computer to help build a birthday video. A cable runs from the VCR to the graphics card but does not show on the Pinnacle Studio software desktop. Is it possible to check to see if the graphics card is working and if so how is it done?
I suspect that an appropriate Vidoe Capture card would cost a lot which means a USB box. Someone gave me an "Xpert DVD maker USB 2 but that dosent run with the Pinnacle software I already have so I wonder if a Pinnacle one is the choice. I would welcome any sugestions.
I find myself in the position of feeling rather thick because after trying to get Pinnacle to accept a signal from my VCR I find that it does not have that capability because the Video card does not accept a signal from a VCR and I suspect that one that does will cost a lot. I do have a device called Xpert DVD maker with a disc that is called, "Power Producer Gold". The device is about one and a half inches wide, four inches long and half an inch thick. It has a four wire setup at one end which goes to the VCR and a cable at the other end with a USB plug. This gadget brings in a picture of what the VCR is playing but it appears to only have the facility to copy the VCR content to a DVD and I can not see a way to save it to my hard disc to use subject matter for the video that I want to build. It looks as though I have to look for a device that will allow me to capture from the VCR to my computer. Who knows but Pinnacle may even produce one. I know that it is possible to play a VHS tape on a VCR through the TV and record iy on a DVD but firstly I don't know if I can just bung that in the computer and abstract the bits I want and secondly I really would like to be able to do all the work using a computer.