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Dennis Michael
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How do you convert VHS Tapes into DVDs?

It is getting expensive buying the DVDs of of my existing VHS tapes and many are not even doing this.

Is there a VHS player DVD recorder on the market? It would be so nice to plug in a VHS player to a DVD Recorder and make that transfer in one shot.

The second request would be downloading the VHS into my computer. Use an easy to use software program which I could divide the segmants into their respective routines for indexing. (A lot faster than fast forwarding.) This would require a (1.)decent DVD Burner for the computer and a (2.) decent easy to use software editing program.

Thanks for your input here because I did an internet search and I am more confused after that!
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Hewlett-Packard has a video to DVD machine that's relatively inexpensive.

I think it is a DV3000 model number or something like that.

Do a search at HP home page.

http://www.h-p.com/

Also I think Kim Komando has some stuff on the process. You will have to search the site but I seem to remember it is there.

http://www.komando.com/

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I bought a Video Editing system last year for 30 dollars at Comp USA. It included a video sampling card which allows me to import any video into the computer (I can connnect my existing VCR to the back of the computer), then the included software allows me to edit the video and even make dvd menus if I want. The Pinnacle software was buggy when trying to output the final movie to DVD, but there are other similar packages out there as well.
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Dennis,

I know there are DVD players that also have VHS built into one unit. However, I do not know about the recording functions of these machines. There are several nice DVD Recorders on the market now. All you need is one that has analog recording inputs and you can connect a VCR to it and record the VHS tapes to DVD.

Hope this helps.

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I bought an Adaptec AVC-1100 which connects to my VHS deck, then has a USB connection to my laptop. You "capture" the digitized VHS stream to your hard drive (you need several free gigabytes) then edit to your heart's content. When you're happy, hit "Burn" and burn it to your CD or DVD burner.
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Dennis,
I bought the Pinnacle Studio AV/DV for this purpose; however, my methods might be different than yours, in that I intend to use my computer in the process.

http://www.pinnaclesys.com/ProductPage_n......gue_ID=2

I haven't really had the time to work with it yet, but was guided to this product by a friend who produces commercial video for advertising. He told me that for my purposes, (which sound very much like yours) that this was the perfect tool. It will yield much better quality than video capture using a TV tuner card from a VCR.
Not only do I want to archive the tapes that I have purchased, (BTW, I don't know how you could index the segments on the DVD without using a computer.) but I also intend to take particular segments that I want to study, and move them to a memory card so I can view them on my pocket pc.
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Here's my recommendation and a place where you can see >reviews< of such devices like the Canopus ADVC-50 and ADVC-100...you'll see that the above cards have the highest rating and well worth the price, which is reasonable.

http://www.dvdrhelp.com

The two points that are always an issue with capture cards, that install and transfer data over your PCI cardbus, are:

1. audio/video in sync and
2. dropped frames due to system resources being used up by the card in the PCI slot.

The Canopus ADVC-50 has it's own internal processor so it doesn't rely on your computers resources. It connects via firewire to a firewire card in your computer.

Here's my experience with the ADVC-50...

I have a generic Firewire card and have my ADVC-50 mounted in one of my spare 5.25" drive bays and interconnected internally to my Firewire card using a 3 foot Firewire cable.

My computer is Pentium 4 HT [3.06 GHz] running XP.

At first I had to reboot my computer everytime that I wanted to capture. This problem disappeared after applying the >XP patch< from the Canopus website.

Since then, I have converted about 50 hours of VHS programs from taped TV specials and my collection of VHS tapes.

Results:

0 dropped frames and Audio/ Video in perfect sync!

Highly recommended.

As far as software I have used >Ulead DVD Workshop< or >Ulead Movie Factory< to add a fancy menu to my digital transfers of VHS tapes and add chapters that allow easy access to the info I need.

http://www.ulead.com/

Click Here!

The old "tape" now becomes 100x more useful as a DVD because I can get to the info quickly by selecting the "chapter" that I need to view! The new DVD looks quite professional when you add a custom menu.

I have also converted some of my friends existing VHS collection, for a small charge of course!, into DVD. Out of respect for our fellow performers, please respect copyright laws and only make DVD copies of VHS tapes that you already own for your own use.
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What about the newer Canopus ADVC-500?
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I am in the process of transferring over 400 VHS tapes to DVD for an artist friend of mine who´s got her whole career on tapes...LOT of work.

I use a very simple system. I´ve got a Philips DVD recorder. I´ve got my VCR simply plugged in and I press play and rec... That´s by far the simplest way and DVD recorders are getting very affordable.
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I just Bought a stand-alone VHS to DVD recorder, one shot deal. Pop in the VHS tape, the DVD-R or DVD-RW and press dubbing.

This should do fine. It also has the abiliity to take from my digital camera right to DVD.

I picked it up at BJs. It has an automatic five minute interval indexing system with straigh VHS to DVD-R. With DVD-RW a little better titling system can be done.

I need a couple of days to see how it works.

It's called Broksonic DVD-RW Recorder & VCR DRVCR-900 The "810" can be found on the Internet for 89.00 but this DRVCR-900 cost me $299.
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Dennis,

Can you connect an outside analog source to it and record to DVD?

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Yes, a VHS recorder (S-video Input & RCA Jack Inputs Stereo and video). I can use my digital camcorder or receive from TV programs. (I think its got optical sound outputs for best quality sound.)

I will be recording my first VHS tapes tonight. I am going to attempt to put on two 30 minute VHS tapes on on DVD, then finalize it and see how it works.

It does NTSC but NOT PAL

I could then use my other DVD player and connect it to this one and make copies.
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Keep us posted and let us know how you like it once you've had a chance to use it. It sounds like you got a great price for a piece of equipment like that.

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Well my first experience went well. I managed to get two VHS tapes on one DVD, without loss of quality and sound sync.

Like all hardware, I needed to read the manual to understand its capabilities.

Now I need to try it in my other trhee DVD players.

Update on this system:

GOAL: Transfer my VHS tapes to DVD.

This system does just that. It has two copying modes:
VR and VIdeo. The Video uses DVD-R (NOT DVD+R) and in video mode it works well and I have automatic indexing every five minutes. It works in all my DVDPlayers this way. There is no editing, just a straight copy.

The VR mode allows me to use DVD-RW, so I can index chapters and create my own DVDs with titles in each chapter. THIS VR mode only works on this DVD Player not my other two.

It really cuts down on the box VHS Videos.
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Warning though Some systems, one of my older machines, will not play some of the conversions.
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Dennis:

Can your VHS tapes be tapes that you have purchased at a store such as a magic shop video and copy it to DVD? What are the legal stats on doing this?
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It's legal to copy something you bought. It falls under "Fair Use". Copying a VHS tape or DVD onto another tape, DVD, hard drive, etc, is legal, provided it's only for something like personal backup use. You can't sell those copies, you can't copy stuff that you rent. But making copies of something you've legally purchased is A-OK.

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I have over a hundred VHS and al the DVD fit into one suit case (Well over a Hundred. Not all of the tapes copy because the recorder will not allow VHS with copy protection to be copied. There are very few of these.

The common sense factor here is if you stand to make a profit from anothers intellectual property. If I bought a tape copied it than sold it, I am making a profit. If I give it away and they sell it a profit is still being made. This is a good guide to know if you step over the line. If I give you a copy a profit is being denied which is the same thing.

Using this as a guide is a way to know if you step over that "line."

Most magic tapes transfer, and most rental TV movies will not.
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Get ANY Panasonic DVD Recorder (DVD-R that is because DVD+R flopped horribly and is generally no longer used) with BUILT -IN hard drive. This way you can dump your VHS tapes onto the DVD recorder hard drive and once there you can separate and index the material at any number of points and give them each their own chapter name. You can also edit parts out, re-arrange the order of the material and create your own playlist. Once you have it the way you want it to look just insert a DVD-R select what you want burned and hit record. Done. Easy. Also, as a side note, it is a standard for all DVD recorders have automatic five minute interval indexing. Of course with any machine it is just going to be a generic disk with generic menus. Great for archiving your old VHS tapes.

If you need to make a REAL pro looking DVD of your material to send to prospective clients, then you need to get yourself a Mac. Purchase Final Cut Pro (or iMovie since it’s gotten a lot better and comes with the machine) for editing your raw material into a watchable demo. And then DVD studio Pro (or I guess iDVD since that also has gotten a lot better and also comes with each Mac) to create a DVD with custom chapter stops, jumps, easter eggs and links as well as full interactive menus. Then, of course, if you are going this far you can't just take a sharpie and write on the disk "Mr Magic Man's Demo". You'll have to go get an Epson photo printer with a CD/DVD tray so that you can print your info directly onto the disk itself.

Good Luck & Have Fun but don't waste too much time on this stuff. It’s very addicting.
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Adobe Encore or Premier or Premier Elements will create DVDs providing you have a fire wire and you can dunp your VHS tapes into your PC.
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