USSparky 17:07 08 Dec 2004

This is easy to state but not so easy to do, I suspect! Got lots of both kinds of tapes; would like to clean 'em up and put them on DVD. My computer system is good enough (2400+ Pentium, 1G RAM, 120GHD) but I don't know what other hardware/software I need. Any help/suggestions would be most appreciated.


  pj123 17:18 08 Dec 2004

Plenty of info on this. Just type "vhs to dvd" in the search box. I found 20 previous threads on this subject.

  g0nvs 17:59 08 Dec 2004

What about a standalone DVD Recorder ? Connect your Tape player to the DVD Recorder and away you go. Just bought one for transferring Camcorder footage to DVD, so simple.

  pj123 18:11 08 Dec 2004

As g0nvs says that is also a good suggestion. I also have a standalone domestic DVD recorder, but unfortunately, you can't edit the tape. All you can do is copy "as is" to DVD.

You do need a capture device of some description to be able to save to your hard disk and then edit before transferring to DVD.

  woodchip 18:15 08 Dec 2004

You need a TV card so you can connect your VHS

  TomJerry 18:16 08 Dec 2004

much easier than computer solution and quick as well.

use a DVD recorder, 1 hour video take one hour to convert

use a computer, 1 hour video need 2+ hours to convert, 1 hour capture (you need a TV capture card for this, you can get one around £40), 1+ hour for encoding depend on PC, and 10+ minute for burning

Lite-On LVW5005 Recordable DVD Player. £149.99 from Argos

spend more for new model Lite-On LVW5005 £169.99 click here

  greenlamp 21:17 08 Dec 2004

Lite-On 5005 £149.99 here click here

  USSparky 10:40 09 Dec 2004

I appreciate all the answers, but I don't hear anyone mentioning the two formats, NTSC and PAL. Is there a single card or attachment which will accept both NTSC AND PAL and allow editing in my computer before recording to the DVD?


  MichelleC 12:13 09 Dec 2004

If you capture in ntsc you may have to re-render in pal, but the rendering takes a lot longer than usual.

  TomJerry 12:48 09 Dec 2004

unbelievable good value for money, work with both TV format, it even come with Ulead VideoStudio (a video edting package cost over £30 itself)

spec: click here

supplier: click here

This thread is now locked and can not be replied to.

Elsewhere on IDG sites

Fujitsu Lifebook P727 laptop review

Lightwell software lets you create mobile apps without using code

Best value Mac: Which is the best £1249 Mac to buy

Comment désactiver les programmes qui s'exécutent au démarrage de Windows 10 ?