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How can I backup VHS to DVD?

Discussion in 'Digital TV & Video Players & Recorders' started by BenW, Aug 20, 2005.

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  1. BenW

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    I've been looking at getting a DVD Recorder to replace the dying VHS but been put off by the fact you cant record 1 freeview channel and watch another. This let me to the PVRs.

    However i need to backup the videos i have. So i need to get vhs onto dvd, what are the options for doing this? Can i get a DVD recorder for the PC and link the vhs up somehow?

    Need a cheap solution....if there is one

    Many Thanks
    Ben
     
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    Just had an idea which could be a painfully slow process.

    1) Play vhs on player and plug into the scart in of pvr.
    2) Record video
    3) Transfer to PC (I'm thinking of the TopField)
    4) Burn to DVD

    Now thats going to be a long tiring task with 30-40 videos but is it the only way?
     
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    If you want to go the PC route it will be a long treck, but should give better results than just a set top DVD recorder.

    You need to have an analogue capture device on the PC. These range in quality & therefore cost from around £30 for a USB2.0 device up to £200+ for something like the Canopus ADVC converters that connect to the PC via firewire.
    The USB devices are fairly low quality and often cause the video & audio to go out of sync which can be a real pain to correct. Better quality and not too expensive will be a TV capture card, but you should look for one that captures the audio rather than audio going onto the PC via the soundcard to help keep it all in sync.
    One other option that often gets overlooked is if you have a digital camcorder that has AV-in (most sold in the UK don't, so check the specs of any cam). Just plug the VCR into the cam (lead normally supplied with the cam) and then connect the cam to PC via firewire. Use any video editing software to capture the footage, but remember to disable device control or it will try to play a tape in the camcorder.

    Mark.
     
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    Personally - after years of trying - I have found that a set-top DVD recorder is by far the easiest and best route for getting VHS to DVD. If you get a Panasonic, JVC or Toshiba model you can optimise the bitrate to fit the length of your recording and, once recorded onto DVD, just import onto your PC for authoring. No sync issues and cost will be well under £200.

    Only flaw in that plan is that the Topfield can't record from an external source - it doesn't have an MPEG2 encoder!
     
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    Agreed. It's what I do. Saves me from either
    (a) fetch my source machine (VHS etc) up to the office where the PC is OR
    (b) having a PC in the lounge with the rest of my stuff (or fetching the office one down).
    neither of which are Mrs. friendly.

    It also means that the time consuming bit (playing the tape, or Laserdisc in my case) back at 1x speed to record it, can be done unattended, while I'm using the PC to (say) visit the forums. Indeed, it's happening right now.


    Add Pioneer to the brand list.
     
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    Thanks for the replies.

    Reason i asked is that i wanted to get VHS onto DVD without needing a DVD Recorder. Don't have one at the moment and dont want to pay a few hundred quid to copy the videos.

    Can DVD Recorders be rented in the UK?
     
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    To be honest, you will always be disappointed with the results. Once you're accustomed to DVD and digital TV quality, VHS will seem rather poor. Copying to DVDR won't make it any better.
     
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    The reason for wanting to do this is.....Our VCR is on the way out, refuses to turn itself on several times before you get it staying on. Problem gets slowly worse, sometimes turns off whilst its set for a recording too.
     
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    I don't know of any Freeview PVR's that will record from an external source.

    edited by LV426; please don't promote dishonest or questionable practices


    fM
     
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    I too was thinking of transferring my tapes to dvd using a dvd recorder. Is it as simple as getting hold of a dvd recorder and then connecting the vcr to it and bobs your uncle?

    Do dvd recorders have the facility to edit recordings once transferred? For example deleting advert breaks.

    Thanks :thumbsup:
     
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    Yes*.

    And yes. I can't speak for them all, but the edits on my Pioneer 520 are not totally seamless; there is a brief (<1/2 sec) pause at each edit point. I have to use my PC to get seamless edits.

    (* provided they aren't macrovision copy protected)
     
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    Hi all.
    I have read through the many threads on this subject but i,m still confused.
    I have video tapes and video machine.
    I have Recordable DVDplayer (proline dvdr800d)
    I also have scart leads.
    I want to transfer footage from tape to disc.
    But how do i do this??
    In other words " what leads go where?"
    Please help somebody or direct me to some simple-to-use link.

    B
     
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    Sony Connection diagrams website :

    http://support.sony-europe.com/tutorials/tv/diagrams/sd/connection.asp?l=en&d=o3&fd=TV2S,VCR,DVDR
     

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