I have seen so many for`s and against`s on different setups.
Scenario: I want to record straight from vhs to the PC, movies of the kids when they were younger, no editing will be needed, other than if I want to view it on the TV downstairs I would convert it to Divx and either burn to disc and play on the dvd player or just stream it straight to the TV via my Netgem I-Player, although from disc would be my first option. All I need to know is, if anybody has had any dealings in doing VHS conversion what is my cheapest and simplest route? Thanks.
When I needed to get a VHS onto the PC I just used the analogue TV tuner card I had at the time, and tuned the VCR in like another channel. The quality wasn't ideal (obviously), but for what I wanted to do at the time it didn't matter. It's simple and it works.
The next step up would probably be a video capture card of some sort that could take something higher quality (composite, s-video, component from worst to best). Obviously that would depend on what your VCR can spit out as well.
In terms of software, I just used the stuff that came with the card. If you need guides to turning it into DivX etc after the fact, www.videohelp.com is good for that stuff.
VHS to PC conversions involve transferring your VHS media content into DVDs that you can play on your home computer. This technology has become more widely available in recent years, and represents a great opportunity to revitalize old VHS content. After all, it's common knowledge that old VHS tapes don't run nearly as well as when they were first purchased.
Thanks Tuttle thanks Steve, what I have done is ordered a tv/video capture card for what it costs I will give it a whirl. If I am not happy with the results I will just go into town and get them transferred to disc as there is a specialist shop that deals with all that, not only that I get tv on the pc which cant be all bad Thanks again and happy New Year to ya.
Yeah, it's pretty easy to forget just how bad VHS quality can be. I know on some movies where we'd play the same scene over and over, the quality got worse in that part. DVDs sure changed the world in terms of IQ and long-term playabilty! No need to rewind anymore, either!
Give what you cannot keep to gain what you cannot lose.
Yeh thats true, and as I only got about three tapes to do I think it would pay to get them done by someone who has all the right kit and can get the best possible quality and sound out of the tapes. Following on from the link Steve gave me it seems there is more to it than just hooking up a vcr to the pc and press play