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ThomW's picture
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every product for converting analog (VHS) to a digital format seems to have an output via FireWire to the input of my computer. But as I'm finding out not all PC's have a FireWire port. What now? Is there a USB solution or how else does one get there old home movies onto the computer that is not equiped with FireWire. For now, my friend has to bring his crap over to use my computer where then Ihave toshare so that he can get it onto his computer.


Yvon Robert's picture
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Joined: 10/17/2010 - 1:35am

Hi,

Is easy to solve this, go to computer store or Staple store buy a firewire card and install in your computer. This cost less than $50also you can find second hand for few buck over eBay. New computer has no Firewire because new technology focus on USB 2.0 and now the new USB 3.0 USB cable is standard printer cable, firewire cable need to be purchasedis not a current product. Probably you can find a complete high quality old capture system for 10% of the original price.

Regards,

YR



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You have several options.

The first (and by far the easiest) is to purchase a combo VHS/DVD recorder. I got one at COstCo for about $140 a year ago and I have, with the click of one button, recorded VHS tapes to DVD's (ok two more buttons - menu & finalize). You can then bring the DVD into your NLE and clean it up there - VOB files are really MPEG-2 files - you can just copy & rename or treat the DVD as a camera version and capture using your normal means for that.

Another option is, if you're using a desktop, do as Max suggested and install a firewire card - I recently go this one (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16815287005) and it works well for under $20.

If you are using a laptop, there are PCMCIA or PCI Express cards like this - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16815108019&cm_re=1394_to_usb-_-15-108-019-_-Product

I would not go down the road of the converters, like the Dazzle, which connect your vcr to the USB ports - I have tried them in the past and they did not work well at all.

Bruce Paul 7Squared Productions http://www.7squared.com


Yvon Robert's picture
Last seen: 1 year 1 month ago
Joined: 10/17/2010 - 1:35am

Hi,

I am agree with you birdcat cheap card or converter you loose time and money I use in the past the Pinnacle Studio capturing box and the result was good.

Regards,

YR


ThomW's picture
Last seen: 8 years 1 month ago
Joined: 07/02/2006 - 4:07pm

I guess I negleted to say that my friend has a laptop so signmax first option would not work. Now, the PCMCIA http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16815108019&cm_re=1394_to_usb-_-15-108-019-_-Product is $100 ontop of the purchace of an RCA converter. This is getting very expensive. It's too bad they don't make an RCA input on that PCI Express card. It's funny how the industry always seems to have a way to connect anything to anything except the only thing that you want they don't have. Thanks for your help I will relay this valuable info to my friend.

This industry sometimes forgets that there was a time in the not so distant past that the only time you got paid was when you woke up the next morning and went back to work. Earning royalties for something you did 20 years ago is only a recent phenomenon


Yvon Robert's picture
Last seen: 1 year 1 month ago
Joined: 10/17/2010 - 1:35am

Hi,

Looking for a firewire card to use in a laptop is a PMCIA card this may be scarce. The only advantage of the old technologies is that you can obtain it at a very low price. Inconvenience you have to know the system before to buy it or have a resource to guide you or you risk to buy many material. I think that birdcat suggest the best solution.

Regards,

YR

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