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advice for video capture card?
« on: May 25, 2009, 08:51:50 am »
I got a pvr-500 as a gift and got it working under vector.  My cable company switched to
digitally encrypted signal so I haven't used it in a while.

I want to convert my old vhs tapes to dvd so I tried connecting either vhs coax or rca
output to the card but the picture is awful.  Even my video camera output looks bad
when it was great a while ago.

I searched the web and came across this posting on my card (I have version b).

I sent an e-mail to the manufacturer but I doubt they will be helpful.

I would like to get another card to capture video input to write a dvd.  Does anyone have a working
setup?  Card, software, settings?  My digital camera can record the vhs output and then transfer via
firewire but this seems tedious for lots of tapes.

I searched the web and found lots of suggested configurations but I don't know much about video capture
and conversion.  I have mplayer and vlc installed. 

Other posting I have seen imply that only the most recent computer hardware can handle vhs to dvd
transfer.  I have a Intel Pentium 4 CPU 2.80GHz with 1Gig RAM. 

I was looking at NewEgg and saw this:

Anyone know if this usb device is supported in linux?
« Last Edit: May 25, 2009, 10:29:21 am by bad_gui »


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Re: advice for video capture card?
« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2009, 10:43:17 am »
I transferred all my VHS tapes to disc, several times. I got the best results using a standalone DVD recorder. Video capture, editing and DVD mastering is labor intensive and takes a lot of time.

Your computer is fast enough to do the job, though.


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Re: advice for video capture card?
« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2009, 07:52:07 pm »
By far the easiest way to transfer VHS tapes to DVD is to use either a standalone VCR-DVD recorder combo or a VCR connected to a DVD recorder.

I transferred 40-something VHS tapes to DVD a few months ago and used a VCR hooked up to an HDD/DVD recorder (records to its own hard drive or to DVD). This is like a hard drive DVR with a DVD recorder. If I wanted a straight tape-to-DVD transfer I recorded directory from VCR to DVD. If I wanted to do some editing like removing commercials or cutting scenes, I recorded to the unit's hard drive, did the editing, and then dubbed it to DVD.

I've had a computer video capture device for years and have tried transferring VCR tapes to computer and then to DVD. Doing it with the standalone VCR-to-DVD was *MUCH, MUCH, MUCH* easier and the quality was better, too.
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