VHS to DVD (with additional PC options)?

Discussion in 'Blu-ray & DVD Players & Recorders' started by Machman, Aug 5, 2004.

  1. Machman

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    This is my first posting, so please be gentle with me.

    Firstly, I'm looking to transfer some old VHS tapes to DVD. The majority will be
    straight copies, but I would also like the option of importing the footage into my PC
    for editing, refining and then authoring with a lot more features (menus etc).

    OK, having read a fair amount of articles and opinions, I am considering the purchase
    of a DVD Recorder as I believe it would remove some of the time-heavy encoding
    which would be required if I imported the raw footage into my PC.

    So, I would have a two-tiered approach, like this:

    Straight Copies:
    VHS to DVD Recorder - create DVD

    Advanced Copies:
    VHS to DVD Recorder to create DVD
    Import DVD footage into PC
    Edit, refine and re-author new DVD from imported DVD.

    I have a not-very-young PC with a DV500 capture card and I'm running Premiere,
    obviously I would need to invest in some additional hardware etc.

    I would appreciate any advice on whether this sounds realistic? And also which DVD
    Recorder would be best?

    My budget is pretty tight, I would like to do this on an entry level for starters, I could
    always upgrade at a later stage. I also need a new cheap VHS machine (any
    recommendations?). I would want the DVD-Recorder to produce DVDs which could
    be played in most players etc.

    As an additional issue, I'm thinking of buying a new Digital 8 camcorder, as my old
    Hi8 one is broken and I would also like to stick some old Hi8 and Video 8 footage
    onto DVD.
     
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    Read the review for the E75, it sounds right up your street.

    http://www.homecinemachoice.com/cgi-bin/displayreview.php?reviewid=4443

    Dunno about the PC based stuff, but if you are recording to edit into another recording then I guess you would want the initial recording to be on RAM or RW so that you dont waste the disc, then write to -R on the PC so that any player (practically) can play the final result. -R is definately where you want to go for compatibility anyway.
     
  3. Machman

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    Thanks for that, maybe worth considering. Though, usually I'm not a great fan of combi units - I'd probably prefer to get a cheaper VCR and a reasonable, yet cheap, DVD Recorder. I'm not sure I would want to stretch to £500 initially.
     
  4. Machman

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    Anyone?
     
  5. Rasczak

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    This is relatively simple - you just hook whatever VCR you get to whatever DVD recorder your get.

    With regard to which DVD recorder to buy - avoid some of the cheaper DVDRs (models such as Philips, Mico, Daewoo, Grundig and other 'cheap' brands) as these lack Time Base Correctors which are essential if you want to make decent archivings from VHS - especially old sources. Apart from that you can't really go to far wrong: Panasonic, Pioneer, Toshiba, JVC, Sony will all do the job well.

    As already mentioned there are a number of VHS/DVDR combos available which you might consider worth a look if you after a new VCR and DVDR:

    Panasonic DMR-E75
    http://www.rgbdirect.co.uk/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=2581

    JVC DRMV1
    http://www.rgbdirect.co.uk/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=2564

    These are worth considering as they do have a few 'easy dub' options and allow you to watch VHS in Progressive Scan(!). Be aware though they won't play if you want to copy protected material. And if you already have a decent VHS machine then seperates is definetly the way to go!

    Your cheapest (quality) option is the Panasonic E55:
    http://www.rgbdirect.co.uk/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=2402

    Depending upon your 'user habits' though you may want to consider it's immediate rivals:
    Pioneer 220: http://www.rgbdirect.co.uk/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=2765
    Sony GX3: http://www.rgbdirect.co.uk/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=1894
    ..although the Panasonic has more features than both of those.

    Yes - your much better off using a DVD recorder to get through that analogue to digital conversion process. You can use my Guide (contained in the sticky at the top of this forum to do the conversion process from DVD-RAM or DVD-RW to the all compatible DVD-R.
     
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    Thanks for that info :thumbsup:

    Any recommendations regarding VCRs?
     
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    Sorry, didn't realise you were after a new VCR as well. Until recently Panasonic and JVC made the best VCRs by some margin: a brief look I had at a recent Panasonic model though was less than impressive. Hardly surprising as there is no money in the format anymore - ALL the major companies contract out now on this front which is disappointing. :(

    My recommendation would be a model such as the JVC HRS5966:
    http://www.rgbdirect.co.uk/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=1435
    ...or a Panasonic NV121 (a Panasonic model which is a good VCR):
    http://www.rgbdirect.co.uk/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=2453
    Both are S-VHS machines and should be adequant for what you want.
     
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    Many thanks, much appreciated.

    :smashin:
     

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