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Michael Baker
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Hi,

Looking for recommendations from actual users for the easiest to set up and use software/device for converting VHS video tapes to DVD. I have years worth of family memories that I'd really like to preserve.

I read high reviews for Diamond Video capture VC 500, but the company who carries it seemed to have many negative comments.

Thanks in advance!

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I did all of my conversions, as well as video editing, etc., with software from Pinnacle. Excellent results.
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I'll check that out. Haven't seen it, but I use Pinnacle Studio 8 for video editing. Thanks!
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Pinnacle Studio 10(?) and up all do conversions and will burn to DVD as long as you have the hardware needed to plug your VCR output into your computer. I believe they also sell the hardware, but if not, it is readily available and not that expensive.
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Yes, Pinnacle with an AD convertter box
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I have had WONDERFUL results with Honestech "VHS to DVD 5.0 Deluxe". I have recently converted a ton of old tapes to DVD, and I am exceptionally satisfied with it.

It comes with everything you need. Plus, you can do camcorder stuff to dvd.
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What if you no longer have a VHS *player*? Are there services that can do this for you?
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I'm sure there are. But you could also just go down to the local pawn shop and pick up a VHS player for next to nothing. Or borrow one.

The advantage of doing it yourself with software like Pinnacle Studio or similar is that you can edit, add titles, transitions, various effects, etc. It's actually quite fun to do.
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On 2012-06-25 02:30, foolsnobody wrote:
What if you no longer have a VHS *player*? Are there services that can do this for you?

Very expensive if you have a lot to convert. Also, they will not dupe commercial tapes.
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I have a Sony VHS/DVD combo player/recorder. I just pop a VHS tape into one slot and a blank DVD into the other and hit the little "transfer" arrow. If you want chapters, etc., that will take software and more work, but this has not failed me yet.
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On 2012-06-25 02:30, foolsnobody wrote:
What if you no longer have a VHS *player*? Are there services that can do this for you?

Very expensive if you have a lot to convert. Also, they will not dupe commercial tapes.


Yes. I checked with a local place that charged $25 per VHS cassette. So compared to that, I have saved over $500 by now.
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On 2012-06-25 08:39, ClintonMagus wrote:
I have a Sony VHS/DVD combo player/recorder. I just pop a VHS tape into one slot and a blank DVD into the other and hit the little "transfer" arrow. If you want chapters, etc., that will take software and more work, but this has not failed me yet.


I saw such a machine at Wal Mart (maybe Sony), but wondered about it. In the past, I have had VHS/DVD combo units and when one function fails you feel like you've lost the whole machine.

I have also been looking at Roxio. There is one available (on sale) at Best Buy with software and device. Reviews are pretty good but said you need to download drivers from their website because the CD doesn't work.

Anyone with experience??

Looking at Pinnacle, but it's a little more pricey.

BTW - These are the reviews I'm looking at...

http://vhs-to-dvd-converters-review.toptenreviews.com/
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Oh, and having a service do this is out of the question. MY VHS tapes number almost two hundred.
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My wife has dozens of mini casettes of family videos. Wish I could figure out how to get my PC to load them to my HD.
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I used Roxio in the past and had nothing but problems with it involving system conflicts, drivers, etc.

Never had any problem with the various versions of Pinnacle that I've used. It's a bit more expensive, but not much. And there is so much more that you can do with it.

Good thoughts,

Bob
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I used Roxio in the past and had nothing but problems with it involving system conflicts, drivers, etc.

Never had any problem with the various versions of Pinnacle that I've used. It's a bit more expensive, but not much. And there is so much more that you can do with it.

Good thoughts,

Bob


Good to know. Thanks, Bob! Smile
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On 2012-06-25 11:34, Pete Biro wrote:
My wife has dozens of mini casettes of family videos. Wish I could figure out how to get my PC to load them to my HD.


If you still have the camera that they were filmed with or a mini-cassette player, all you need to do is get an adapter that will allow you to output the video and audio from the camera/player to your PC. Next you just use conversion software (such as Pinnacle, mentioned above) to convert to any format you want. You can then burn to disc or output to any other player you wish.
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I always used Pinnacle Studio 8 and the cable that came with my HI8 camcorder to connect it directly to the PC. Pretty easy, but occasionally had to refresh the process with the tutorial if I'd not done it in awhile.

I just ordered Pinnacle Dazzle Platinum so I'd have the connection device for a VCR plus (hopefully) a better software package than Pinnacle's Studio 8. A little over a hundred bucks with shipping.

I think I may go on the prowl for another VCR, rather than unhooking one from another room that gets frequent use. Then I can set up a semi-permanent configuration and start transferring all this stuff on VHS to DVD before I lose them.
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Sounds like a good plan. I have used an older version of Dazzle and was very satisfied with it. Also, I think you'll find that the Pinnacle software has improved significantly since version 8.
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I got an extra set of wires. Got wires running from the tv, and got wires running from the computer. All I do is move my VCR back and forth. Very nice, and removes much of the hassle.
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