Convert VHS to DVD
2 Oct 2006 23:03:20 -0700
I have some old VHS tapes I would like to burn to DVD. I have just got
a DELL Inspiron 9400 laptop that has S-video in the back and it has a
DVD burner. Is there an easy way to play the VHS tape on the TV and
have it connected to the laptop to record on a dvd?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Most PC with built in video port are often output only and won't work
for capturing videos. Check the doc that came with your laptop and
see if there's a video capture feature.
If not, there's 2 choices. Since you have a laptop, getting a video
capture device is probably not practical since it tended to be CPU
hog, disk space hog, and a pain in the ass for less experienced
computer user to make it work. This method is cheaper than other by a
long shot. About $50 to $100 for the device if you already have hard
drive space to deal with raw video.
Other method, the easiest way but costs more ($300 to $600) is to get
a DVD recorder. Hook the VCR to DVD recorder, record the tape to DVD,
viola you have DVD. You can rip DVD afterward on your laptop to edit
out unwanted scenes, remaster a new version with menu and the works
and make a final version on DVD.
programs you can use for mastering the DVD and menus. Plus a forum
there if you have a problem somewhere.
I have bought from The Source C.C. (used to be Radio Shack) a device
"The Source" is Radio Shack. "Source C.C." is Circuit City.
called TV2PC that connects directly to your VHS (RCA or SVHS) and to
your laptop USB2 and it works fine. I copy my VHS to DVD using ROXIO
Toaster(Mac) or NERO (PC) and it gives good results.