Best Capture Device for Old VHS Home Movies

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    • #49443
      Anonymous
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      I have stacks of old VHS home movies I want to digitize and eventually edit them and create DVD’s. I am wondering what is the best capture device to get so that I can edit them on my computer. I know there are a lot of USB dongles out there and would like some advice on them or some other device if the price is right.

    • #202401
      MediaFish
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      Bought a VHS to DVD device at WalMart for under $100 which worked great in converting all the VHS tapes to DVD. The content I want to use I just import form the DVD. Converting is time consuming but I did several hundred with no problem – still have several 100 to go but too busy right now to finish the rest.

    • #202402
      pseudosafari
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      MediaFish, sounds like what I aim to do, too. What is the brand/model of the one you’ve had good luck with?

      Rick, I’ve tried several of these. Some worked, some didn’t. Right now I’m looking for a new one that works with Vista because the last model I had that worked was XP based.

    • #202403
      MediaFish
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      Not sure of the brand I will have to check when I get back to the office. It is a fully self contained device no computer needed – not even sure if it can be connected to a computer. All I can say is it did what we needed it to do. One of the jobs was to convert old VHS football game film to DVD which worked just fine.

    • #202404
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      Thanks for all the comments so far. I know Sony has a new gadget that connects to your VCR or camcorder and burns directly to DVD. I had a Sony VHS/DVD recorder that did this but has since broke and I no longer can do that. I don’t think I want to go directly to DVD anymore. I would like to be able have video files (AVI?) and then pick and choose the various scenes I want to burn.

    • #202405
      vid-e-o-man
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       Rick, I don’t know if this would fall into the catagory of best way to do this. I have an older digital 8 sony handicam that can convert analog to digital. I record by hooking rca output from the vcr to the digital 8 camera and play the tapes to download from the camera to my nle software on my computer and choose the output format there, DVD etc. Thats my .02.

    • #202406
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      Hmm…I have a Sony DCR-TRV460 Digital 8 camcorder. I never thought about runnong the VCR through that to my computer. I wonder if I have to have a 8MM tape in there or what? How do you do it Vid-e-o-man?

    • #202407
      designcbts
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       I use a Matrox RTx2 PCIe card.  It came with Adobe Premiere Pro CS3.  The trouble is, I don’t think they’re available anymore πŸ™

    • #202408
      JackWolcott
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      Grass Valley (Canopus) ADVC 110. Has RCA and SVHS inputs from your deck, and outputs to your computer via Firewire. $229 at B&H. We use it to imput VHS, 8mm, Hi-8 and Digital-8 to our computers.

      Grass Valley also has a somewhat more expensive unit that includes a color correction and image stabilization capability. I believe it is still available.

      Jack

    • #202409
      vid-e-o-man
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       Rick, I have a dcr-trv730 digital 8. I connect to vcr with cable that has rca (yellow, red and white) on one end and miniplug at other to input of digicam 8. I put tape in cam and hit play, pause and record buttons. I cue up the vcr to the point where I want to record, hit play on vcr and pause button on digicam 8 and record the desired footage and pause where necessary to only get usable stuff that I want. This edits out most of the unwanted footage before entering it into my computer. I have never tried connecting the vcr to digicam 8 to computer and avoiding recording the tape. To do this I think that you would have to leave the digicam 8 on pause while you are transfering to the computer and I think that eventually (5 minutes?) the digicam 8 will switch off. Don’t know cause I haven’t tried it. Maybe next time I’m transfering, I might try it. Hope this helps.

    • #202410
      birdcat
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      I also had a couple of boxes of VHS & VHS-C tapes I needed to convert – I just bought a Sony VCR/DVD recorder combo – I just press a few buttons and it copies the tape to a DVD, which I then import & use in my NLE – It’s not a perfect solution but it works well, easily and relatively quickly (real time).

      In lieu of that, I have an old Sony HC40 which offers pass-thru connect via 1394 to any composite video source.

    • #202411
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      Vid-e-o-man: I did get this link about converting analog to digital from the Sony eSupport site:

      http://www.kb.sony.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?cmd=displayKC&docType=kc&externalId=C235711

    • #202412
      vid-e-o-man
      Participant

       Rick, thanks for the link. I haven’t done this for a few years but I will try it when I am transfering vhs to digital again. Thanks again.

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