I want to transfer some old VHS footage to my hard drive, but I'm not sure if I have the correct set up - I understand that I need a TV/Video card. My display adapters are shown as 'GeForce 4 MX integrated GPU' in device manager, is this suitable?
I also have an 'S-Video' socket at the back of the PC next to a yellow phono socket. Is it just a case of linking a scart lead from my VCR to the S-Video socket?
I have 'Win fast TV 2000 XP' installed, but when I open it I get the message 'Can not find any video capture device'. Is this just because the VCR isn't connected to the PC, or is it because I don't have the correct card?
....and another one click here If you search back in the helproom pagesa there are lots of postings on this subject. Unfortunately typing in VHS to HDD or similar in the search facility brings up nothing found. Its pretty much useless.
If you just want to transfer VHS tape recordings to DVD then the easiest and quickest way is to use a standalone domestic DVD recorder. All you do then is connect your VCR to the DVD recorder by scart socket, put in a blank DVDR disc and press record. It records in real time and you can edit out commercials with the pause button. Most DVD recorders will give you a choice of XP,SP, LP and ELP corresponding to 1, 2, 4, and either 6 or 8 hours on a single 4.7GB DVDR. Selection of machines listed on this website click here
The 'S-Video' socket and the yellow phono on the graphics card generaly only allow you to record from your PC. In other words they are just outputs and not inputs which is what you require. I do this kind of all the time using an "Osprey" video capture card. There are a number of video capture cards on the market and you wll need one of these to record. You would then record sound via your sound card and video via the capture card.