VHS to DVD?

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  1. crawf1982

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    Which of these methods will give me the best result when transferring VHS tapes (played on a JVC S-VHS deck) onto DVD-R:

    1. recording directly onto a Panasonic DMR-E30 via the RGB scart connection

    2. via my pc - plug the S-VHS deck into my ATI All-in-wonder 128 via a s-video cable, use Pinnacle Studio 8 (or other software??) for capturing and then transfer to a DVD-R via a DVD writer.

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    Are you sure the JVC will output RGB? I'd be surprised if it did. The best you'd get would be S-Video, I'd have thought.

    From my experience of capturing on my PC and recording to my DMR-e20 I'd bet you'd get a better picture from the Panasonic!

    Others will probably disagree though!

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    I would go the panasonic route...... the problem with the pc is that the ATI input will be rather plagued by noise. Hopefully the panasonic wont have this.

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    I too would also go the Panasonic route (or any other stand alone DVD recorder). Using the PC is fine if you're only going to do the odd tape, but for serious amounts of archiving it really is a very time consuming business.
    Been using the E30 for about 2 weeks now and I'm so glad that I won't ever have to cap to the PC anymore. No more problems with interlaced material or any nonsense like that again.
    Go on, buy a stand alone, you know it makes sense ;)
     
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    Yes - it makes so much sense! If only the HS2 were a little cheaper. I just simply refuse to pay £800 for what is essentially an E30 with a £60 Maxtor HDD stuffed in the box as well. However, I do feel the time to get one drawing ever closer.....
     
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    I really wanted an HS2 but could not justify the price. Maybe by this time next year DVD recorders with built in hard drive will be the norm, and be a reasonable price to go with it.
    Till then I think I can get by with my E30;) :D
     
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    ooops....... i thought you had the stuff and were just wondering, didnt realise you were having to buy one of them! In that case, I'll change my views!

    The reason against the pc route is the noise which you would pick up on the video inputs of the ATI card. But, if you are seriously thinking of spending that sort of money, you could think about getting a specialist capture card for your pc. A good example of this is the H3D card from immersive. This also has the added benefit of some rather good hardware de interlacing. If you can then take the time to get used to the recording procedure, then i think this would give a much better solution than the panasonic, plus it is easily upgraded when you want.

    Have a word with Rob Screene, he does a lot of copying laserdiscs to DVD via pc.

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    Even with the best capturing card solution it's still going to take at least twice as long for a straight forward archive than on a stand alone recorder. I've d/loaded some pretty good quality mpeg2 files from the net from some of the most respected cappers out there and not one of them has been better quality than the SP mode on my E30 recorded from an RGB source. I read on other threads that the philips models are equally as good. I can honstly say that in SP mode on the E30 I end up with a better picture on DVD than the one I start with on VHS.
    I'm glad my computer is no longer tied up with time consuming capping, encoding, authoring then finally burning to DVD. Whilst the PC was the only option once for archivers to DVD, my own opinion is that now it's not the sensible option if you can afford to go the stand alone route.
     
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    I was just giving what Rob has suggested. He seems to be really very particular about his copying of LD's onto dvd, if the standalone solution was better, i think thats what he would have done. I advise a pm to him is a good idea!

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