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Dan Listermann
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Username: Listermann

Post Number: 6901
Registered: 03-2004
Posted on Thursday, January 07, 2010 - 07:51 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I have come into posession of some very old 8mm home movies on VHS and want to convert them to DVD for editing and distribution around the family. What software and what hardware would be necessary? Commercial work was more than I expected, but may be cheaper in the long run.
 

Bob Wall
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Username: Brewdudebob

Post Number: 2971
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Thursday, January 07, 2010 - 08:23 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I would have a pro do it. A company around the corner from me charges $20.00 to convert from VHS to DVD. After that, you can burn DVD copies on your PC.

http://www.alpharettavideo.com/s_tapes.htm

to find a company near you, just go to Google maps, enter your address, then "search nearby" on "video" I am sure Cincinnati will have one or two of these shops near you.

(Message edited by brewdudebob on January 07, 2010)
 

Dan Listermann
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Username: Listermann

Post Number: 6902
Registered: 03-2004
Posted on Thursday, January 07, 2010 - 10:54 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

That is what I did do and $20 or so was his price, except that he wanted almost as much for copies.

An employee's father does this so I will just ship them to him.
 

Bob Wall
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Username: Brewdudebob

Post Number: 2972
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Thursday, January 07, 2010 - 10:58 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

You can't copy DVD's on your PC?
 

Dan Listermann
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Username: Listermann

Post Number: 6903
Registered: 03-2004
Posted on Friday, January 08, 2010 - 01:19 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Maybe. I don't know. What does it take?
 

Bill Pierce
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Username: Billpierce

Post Number: 11107
Registered: 01-2002
Posted on Friday, January 08, 2010 - 02:32 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

All it takes, Dan, is a combination read/write DVD/CD drive. If your computer doesn't have one, you can buy an internal drive for less than $40 at almost any computer outlet/big box electronics store. An external drive would be about $65.
 

Bob Boufford
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Username: Bobb

Post Number: 458
Registered: 03-2003
Posted on Friday, January 08, 2010 - 02:29 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Dan,

There are several video converters for transferring analog video from VHS and cameras to digital video that you can edit on your computer and burn to a DVD.

Several faculty I work with, use the Dazzle products from Pinnacle Systems (http://www.pinnaclesys.com/) for use with document cameras and converting old VHS. I use an EyeTV from Elgato (http://www.elgato.com/) on my Mac. Some video cards for PCs already have built-in analog video converters. Check out Hauppauge (http://www.hauppauge.com/).

Look for video converters that have hardware based encoders in the converter instead of software based encoders that use the systems processor. Cost a more but usually better video transfer.

If you go with a video transfer company as suggested by Bob W., ask if they use the broadcast-quality video converters (the ones that cost several hundred dollars) or the cheaper PC-based converters.
 

Belly Buster Bob
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Username: Canman

Post Number: 3104
Registered: 02-2003
Posted on Monday, January 11, 2010 - 04:04 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I've used the Dazzle products with great success. They are inexpensive and easy to use.
We found the process to be allot of fun, you can edit out the junk as you go where if you take it to someone else you will get everything on your tapes as a DVD...[probably in DVD format.
With Pinnacle you have several options for saving. You can even convert vids to email size.

This is the unit we have http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=408824 7&Sku=P121-8198
 

Belly Buster Bob
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Username: Canman

Post Number: 3105
Registered: 02-2003
Posted on Monday, January 11, 2010 - 04:05 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

if you save your data as AVI it is very editable and easily transferred to playable DVDs

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