Wanting to transfer a deteriorating VHS tape to VCD - where to start? Do I connect VCR to S-Video In on my graphics card via a)RF Out or b)separate Video & Audio Out connections? Graphics card is NVIDIA GeForce4 MX440 & VCR is a Matsui old banger with video & audio jacks (no SCART).
Is there a web site out there on this subject with a guide for absolute beginners that does not assume a knowledge of the jargon used? Have searched in vain & not found a site yet that does not have me cross-eyed within minutes!!!!
If your tape is deteriorating the first thing to do is stabilise what you've got. Both Photo Optix and Jessops offer a video copying service via IC video where you can get a dvd made. click here click here click here If it is only the one tape that you want copying then visit your local photo/video store as mentioned above and remember they cannot duplicate copyrighted stuff without written consent from the copyright holder. That means if it is a family movie shot by you on a home camcorder then you are the copyright holder. If the video was commercially produced then you will need to seek permission from the copyright holder first.
If you have a half decent computer you could attempt this yourself at home. Belkin do a lead with software for circa £80 which will allow you to pull video to PC.
Or £30 for Pinnacle RAVE TV card,has the ability to function as a digi vid recorder,TV tuner,and simply connect present flaky vid recorders tv socket to TV socket on card,load the included software and off you go.
you need a special type of hardware which is termed as Video capture card. you check with dazzle, pinnacle( pinnacle mp10, pinacle mp 20) or Monarch vision (mv-5, Mv-10 etc.). they will cost nearly $250.00 along with their software.