copying vhs cassette tapes to dvd

  korvet 14:30 09 Jan 2006

how does one transfer video cassette tapes to dvd.

  wjrt 15:19 09 Jan 2006

easiest and probably quickest is to use a DVD recorder under £80 at Tesco/Argos etc

  pj123 17:14 09 Jan 2006

Why not try typing vhs to dvd in to the Forum Search Engine. Lots of previous threads with lots of information.

For example: click here

  johndrew 17:22 09 Jan 2006

I would agree with wjrt, but, if you want to edit the content on your PC you will need to ensure:

1) the disk format (+/-R/RW) is compatible with your PC DVD drive

2) that the editing software will import from DVD and that the audio format is compatible

3) for output back to DVD - presuming you are using PAL format - you will need to ensure your software is PAL compatible and that the audio output is either PCM or MPEG

There are probably other pitfalls as well but I haven`t encountered them yet!!

  HXP 22:48 10 Jan 2006

I have tried the PC route and the best thing I ever did was buy a LITEON5045 hook my Video to it and press record - it was as simple as that and far better than anything I did on the PC !

If you just want to convert your home recorded VHS to DVD it is a good option

My opinion only I now wait to get toasted by the PC experts ....

  pj123 14:54 11 Jan 2006

HXP, my opinion also. I have the Liteon 5006 DVD standalone recorder. It copies in real time, ie. a 3 hour tape (VHS/Beta) takes 3 hours. The only snag I have found is, there are no editing facilities, other than watching and pressing the Pause button at the relevant times.

Doing the same tape via the PC (I use Pinnacle Studio) takes at least 7 hours, but of course, it can be edited before burning.

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