What best way to transfer VIDEO tape to Hard Drive

  BIGBAGGY 23:49 20 Oct 2003

I have a load of Videos I want to transfer to my PC and then onto DVD. Whats the best wa to do this with the least hassle and good results

  hugh-265156 00:47 21 Oct 2003

click here deals with tv capture but should give you some ideas.

you will need card that supports video in

  hugh-265156 00:49 21 Oct 2003

sorry wrong link click here

  y_not 06:10 21 Oct 2003

To load, edit & author the video click here fro one of the best systems around.

You'll also need something like NERO (with DVD burner) to write to DVD.

You can also get help from click here - thats not to say that theres anything wrong with this forum just that DVDR specialise

  pj123 12:26 21 Oct 2003

Hope you don't mind but I am thinking of doing the same thing. I will watch this thread with interest.

  BIGBAGGY 14:13 21 Oct 2003

These sites you point me to look ideal. Any advice on the size of har drive I will need. Also the best software for capturing and convertiong in one. I know I can ask these questions in the forums advised but I thought if anyone here has any advice please feel free to give your 2 pence worth.

  tenplus1 14:31 21 Oct 2003

Personally I use these:

Hauppauge PVR-250 (TV/Video Encoder)
click here

Ulead MovieFactory 2.0 (Creates DVD's)
click here

Both are pretty cheap, work great and are very easy to use...

  Bruce_Lee 14:34 21 Oct 2003

The best buy at the moment is 80GB drives. Last week I bought an 80GB ATA 133 Maxtor drive from click here for £45!

Prices on the bigger drives are falling as well. I found a 120GB Maxtor drive on offer for £62 this week at the same site (they do different deals every day).


  BIGBAGGY 15:31 21 Oct 2003

Thats really cheap for the drives. thanks.
I have a Matrox G400 TV capture card I have had for ages but I thought it didn't work. I have just managed to get it going again and can now capture.
I will check out the ones you mentioin above.

  BIGBAGGY 17:19 21 Oct 2003

I'm managing to capture film from VCR now but I want to be able to send it to freinds in SA and AUS. The trouble is its really big size a few seconds is a few MB so how can I make it into smaller size. Also when I try to play it back in Win Media the size of the pic is real small

  Boy Zone 17:30 21 Oct 2003

The problem with video is, its not easy at first but it get easier, and very time consuming.But interrrrresting.
What you get from your VHS is an avi file, once this is saved on your HD you need to encode this into an mpeg file. There are lots of program to do this.
Best of luck

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