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Old Feb 23, 2011, 9:44 AM   #1
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Default How to convert old VHS (VCR) tapes, to DVD media. --> (Warning)

How to convert old VHS (VCR) tapes, to DVD media. --> (Warning)

I have completed doing my image scanning, for (1,500) of 35mm colored slides, to DVD media.
Now I am saving my dad's old VHS (VCR) tapes, to DVD media.
As instructed, I connected the VHS player to my computer.

Hardware Is Required: (x1)
- (USB Video Audio DVR Adapter)
- I used EasyCAP
- Also available is:
Roxio,
Sabrent,
Etc..

Software Is Required: (x1)
- (Video Editing Software)
- I used Honestech VHS to DVD (2.0 SE)
- Also available is:
CyberLink PowerDirector 9 Deluxe
Corel VideoStudio Pro X3
Adobe Premiere Elements 9

Recording:
- (VHS Player --> Computer --> DVD)
- Recording format = DVD
- Recording video type = NTSC
- NTSC --> National Television System Committee,
is the analog television system used in most of North America.
Problems:

While Recording:
- My T.V. was showing "actual" movements of the VHS player.
- My P.C. was showing "jerking" and "freeze frames".
- I still saved the file / files, as a new project.
- Playback of saved media, on Windows Media Player = "jerking" and "freeze frames".

Research:
- (Why --> Jerking and Freeze Frames)
- Honestech VHS to DVD (2.0 SE) = has this major problem.
- Honestech VHS to DVD (All New Versions) = has this major problem.
- "ALL" other (Driver / Software Programs) = have the "same" major problems.

Facts: (#1)
- (Why --> Jerking and Freeze Frames)
- There are many individuals complaining about this major problem.
- There are "No" problems with any Driver / Software, programs !
- You can "Not directly download" VHS (Analog), to a computer (Digitally), for DVD burning !
- USB to Video Audio DVR Adapter, is total garbage !

Question & Answer:
(Q) - Do you ever wonder why security camera's, record "jerking and freeze frame", images ?
(A) - To receive a true recorded movie track, each video security camera,
would require an "analog" to "digital" video converter. (Very Costly).
(Q) - Why does a USB Video Audio DVR Adapter, not work correctly ?
(A) - This is only an Adapter, that changes RCA wires to USB wires.
(A) - This "not" an "Analog to Digital" --> Converter.

Extra Hardware is "Also" Required:
- I only found one (x1) posting, on the internet, that resolved this "major" issue.
- This web site posted the top ten (x10) best (Video Editing Software - Review).
- How To Convert VHS to DVD.
- You can "Not directly download" VHS (Analog), to a computer (Digitally), for DVD burning !
- You will require an "analog" to "digital" video converter, a special "hardware" unit.
- Presently, there are only two (x2) types of hardware units available, for this application.
- (#1) or (#2)

(#1)
- Your computer may have an "analog - input" video card.
- A/V in.
- Having three (x3) RCA, input jacks (Yellow, Red, White).

- OR -

#2)
- You will be required to purchase an extra (exterior), an "Analog to Digital" --> Converter.
- A/V in.
- Having three (x3) RCA, input jacks (Yellow, Red, White).
- USB or Firewire jacks, to your computer (P.C.).

We the consumer, are presently being ripped off,
when the manufactures / sellers do "NOT" inform us the consumer,
that you are purchasing, untested "hardware & software".

How to convert old VHS (VCR) tapes, to DVD media. --> (Burn - DVD)

NOTE: New and advanced computer video cards, do "not" have "analog" (A/V in) connections.
So for Hardware, You Will Require:
- RCA cables - (Yellow, Red, White).
- A video to digital converter.
- A USB (or) Firewire, cable.
- A USB (or) Firewire jack, to your computer (P.C.).
So for Software, You Will Require:
- Video Editing Software (Convert VHS to DVD).

My Conclusions: VHS (VCR) Tapes: (Burn to DVD).
There are several options available.
(#1)
Have it done by a professional company, using the best hardware and software.
(#2)
Do it yourself, using the correct hardware and software.
(#3)
Do it yourself, using a "good" DVD/VHS Combo Player.

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I will shortly add a "new" thread, on what route I chose to take.
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I used a combo VHS to DVD burner unit I purchased in 2007 and for 2 years converted all my VHS tapes to DVDs. The quality came out good with one warning, make sure you watch and set the VHS tape tracking in the begin of each record to remove the lines that might come across the screen. I made one track per show or item onto the DVD from the VHS. Meaning, that if I recorded 5 shows to a VHS that would be 5 seperate tracks on my DVD. I found that this worked very well for me. It did take me 2 years to get roughly 120 tapes done but it has been completed.

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Thanks I have some old home movies I need to do as well I have a few old 35mm Chrome movies to get done any information there?
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Thanks I have some old home movies I need to do as well I have a few old 35mm Chrome movies to get done any information there?
35mm movies to DVD:

I also want to transfer my dad's old 8mm movies, to DVD.
To transfer old (film) movies to DVD, requires special and expensive equipment.
I will be going to a company, that profesionally converts old movies to DVD.

Go on the internet, use your browser,
and search --> 35mm movies to dvd
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Old Feb 24, 2011, 12:15 PM   #5
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Default Options: VHS (VCR) Tapes: (Burn to DVD).

Options: VHS (VCR) Tapes: (Burn to DVD).

Note:
- I have seen many eBay sellers, selling a USB Video Audio DVR Adapter,
(EasyCAP) calling it an "Adapter" and a "Converter", combined.

Fact:
- EasyCAP
- Roxio
- Sabrent
are "not" Converters !
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Default Options: VHS (VCR) Tapes: (Burn to DVD).

Options: VHS (VCR) Tapes: (Burn to DVD).

There are several options available:
My costs are based, living in Ontario, Canada.

(#1)
= To have it done by a professional company, using the best hardware and software.
It will cost me, for each Video tape, to DVD disk, $25 for a two (2) hour tape
and $10 per hour, for each additional hour.
I am looking at ten (x10) VHS (VCR) tapes, with 2 - 2 1/2 hours each.
This is ($'s) for an outside sourced company.
@ $250.00 minimum cost !

(#2)
= Do it yourself, using the correct hardware and software.
I will require special cables, around ($25.00).
I will require a good Video Editing Software - Program, around ($50.00).
I will require extra hardware, a VHS to DVD Converter, around ($75.00).
I will require to learn how to use the software !
Once I have completed doing my transferring,
this hardware / software = useless !
@ $150.00 minimum cost !

(#3)
= Do it yourself, using a "good" DVD/VHS combo player.
Why not buy a "good" DVD/VHS combo player.
Invest your ($'s) into VHS and DVD player.
A lot easier to use !
Since I have an excellent Panasonic DMR-ES30V DVD/VHS combo player.
I decided to take the easy route.
I am coping / burning my VHS to DVD.

Conclusion:
There is "no" easy way or cheap way, to convert old to VHS (VCR) Tapes, to DVD.
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Thanks I have some old home movies I need to do as well I have a few old 35mm Chrome movies to get done any information there?
What I did was easy.I went to a car boot sale(I think you call them flea markets)?
There I picked an old projector for 5 = $7 approx.I already had a screen to project onto.
I then set my wifes Sony digital mini DVD camcorder up on a tripod.
Turned the lights out started the camcorder then paused it,started the film projector released the pause and recorded each reel of film.I had 50+reels so it took me some time but I got several reels on each DVD and the quality was better than expected.
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Default Video Transfer Procedures:

Video Transfer Procedures:

I do fully understand that it will be very costly ($'s),
to have a professional, to transfer many old movies, to DVD format.
I only used a "professional" to convert my very old (60's) 8mm movies,
to DVD, because I only had about 300' (feet), with six (x6) different size of reels.
The movies also required some digital software enhancement, to remove the scratches.
There are many different types of procedures, that private home users, can use !
It is only determined by your present budget ($'s) !
Before you discard the old movies, be sure that the new DVD's are to your approval !

#1) Old:
The very first procedure to copy old 8mm or 16mm movie film, to any video camera.
How to Transfer Super 8mm Film To Your Computer
It is better to use a flat white wall, with a tight clean white paper sheet.
Movie screens are "not" totally flat. (Wrinkles & Creases).
Older screens were white, while newer screens are now silver.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QHbZEoiISQQ

#2) Basic Transfer Box:
There is a better way to copy old 8mm or 16mm movie film to any movie camera.
You use your projector and digital camera or video camera, to transfer home movies.
Use a good Video Transfer and Processor ! (Film to Camera Transfer Converter).
You will still require a movie projector and a video camera.
You shoot the projector into one side of the converter and it projects onto a screen
specially designed to make taking digital video and images nicely.

#3) Advanced Transfer Box:
There is an advanced way to copy old 8mm or 16mm movie film to any movie camera.
You "still" use your projector and digital camera or video camera, to transfer home movies.
This is an advanced Video Transfer and Processor ! (Film to Camera Transfer Converter).
You will still require a movie projector and a video camera.
You shoot the projector into one side of the converter and it projects onto a screen
specially designed to make taking digital video and images nicely.
This advanced unit will also have adjustments for color balance and have direct audio input / output jacks.

Examples: (Manufactures)
- Ambico
- Aztec
- Geneva
- Polestar
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