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Old 12-03-2008, 11:38 AM
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My mom wants to do this, so I thought I'd get her the necessary equipment for Christmas. What's my best bet? Should I go through their computer, or should I buy some sort of standalone device that does it?
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Old 12-03-2008, 11:42 AM
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Something like:

http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...uct_id=9208442
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Something like this would work as well
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16815144029
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My computer is set up at home to do this. Given that I have a relatively new quad core processor, tv tuner, inputs for almost anything imaginable, and adobe software for editing movies, it made sense. Retrofitting an existing computer just to dub VHS to DVD doesn't make sense unless you plan to do more or you just really like gadgets.

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it depends on the quantity of material to be converted. if it's a lot, u can try this:

http://www.reeltransfers.com/

he converts vhs as well as all film types to dvd. he's a good friend of mine and is well respected in atlanta for his film and video production work.
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Something like this would work as well
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16815144029
Did you read the reviews on that item? Pretty sure I would not buy that based on those reviews.
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Did you read the reviews on that item? Pretty sure I would not buy that based on those reviews.
I just grabbed the first one as a representative item. Definitely YMMV with Pinnacle products.
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this thread is over a decade old, but my dad wants to start converting old family VHS tapes into a digital format (i.e. back them up onto a hard drive). who uses DVDs anymore?

any suggestions on hardware and software for this task? he has a VCR, so there's no need to buy that. the computer he has is very modern and won't have trouble with any sort of video conversion needed.
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Get a video capture device that has analog audio/video inputs. For example: https://www.amazon.com/Digital-Conve...dp/B07QFVNSYJ/

You may want better video capture or editing software than whatever comes with the cheap device.

Since you're going to convert homemade videos, you don't have to worry about whether the video capture hardware or software can defeat Macrovision (copy protection technology that distorts video when it's being copied, but not when it's being played directly to an output device like a TV or projector). That's assuming the videos weren't recorded with a Macrovision-enabled camera, which would be very unusual for consumer-grade cameras.
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there's no copy protection to worry about. purely home videos. I know services exist where they do this for you, but at around $15 each, I don't think my dad would want to pay for that
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