VHS Movies to DVD's

January 18, 2006 at 14:45:07
Specs: xp, amd2800+512
I have about 450 Movies that I bought over the years and want to know if I can copy these movies to DVD's These are not home made movies, these are purchased Movies from like Blockbuster Video store, I think they are copy writed but now we are in such a small house that have no room for them, can this be done and if so what equipment or software would I need, this is not to sell, they are for home use but want the quality good and wondered if it would cost too much or if it could even be done, again this is not for resale.

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January 18, 2006 at 15:47:20
You will need a video capture card with composite/svideo inputs. You will also need an editor/burner program.

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January 18, 2006 at 17:47:42
Thank you I will read up on it. I do have Nero.

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January 18, 2006 at 18:42:27
I've done this with a Leadtek Video Capture card with Sonic MyDVD, also with Adaptec's AVC-2210 USB analog to digital converter. I have given up on these. There difficult and you must be there during the operation. I finally went to kmart and bought a cheap Sansui (under $150.00)front room Player/Burner machine that takes VHS tapes and a blank DVD and copies just perfectly on it's own. Once you learn to trust it, you don't even need the TV on, much less your computer!

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January 18, 2006 at 19:05:36
But will this copy Movies that I have bought, they do say copy writed.I could not replace these Movies for 150.00 so that sounds great, if it works with copy writed ones, and they are just for me.

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January 18, 2006 at 19:22:03
Mr. Johnson how long does each movie take to burn & did you find one cd better than the other to record for good quality.

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January 18, 2006 at 19:51:25
Is this the right type of Machine.

Toshiba DVR4 DVD Recorder/VCR Combination

Item No. 139313

Kmart: $269.99

This DVD recorder with a 4-head HiFi VCR allows users to easily archive home VHS tapes to DVD-RAM, DVD-RW or DVD-R within the same device. Multi-drive playback & recording. Includes ColorStream Pro® component video outputs. 1-touch bi-directional dubbing between DVD & VCR. 4 different recording modes.

Would Imagine at the store I can find something more reasonable, but want to make sure this is the type of machine to get.

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January 19, 2006 at 10:24:06
save your money , i take it you already have a vhs player with scart?
CyberHome CH-DVR 1600 walmart/asda


read the "Guy with Kids from Canada reported" tells you all you need to know,
take care with the 'vhs copyright' bit if in USA.

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January 19, 2006 at 10:29:52
I have done a couple of hundred videos to DVD, and it does save vast amounts of space.

The problem with a DVD recorder is that it may not overcome the Macrovision copy protection, and if it is within one unit with the Video, then there is no possibility of using a "Video Conditioner" box.

A video capture system in your PC will have no problem with Macrovision.

You can use either a video capture card (I have a Winfast) or most TV cards have a video in port.

The card should come with capture software, though it will work best with XP because of the file sizes needed.

You will also need a DVD burner. Dual layer discs are ludicrously expensive, but the burners capable of handling them are no dearer now, and will still burn standard discs.

Do not write to CD's - you cannot get good enough quality in the space, and my last lot of DVD blanks were cheaper than CD's!

The burner should come with DVD creator software such as MyDVD which will convert the Mpeg files you have captured into DVD format and create menus, though if you only want to watch them on the PC you can just save them as they are.

I also find I get better results if I re-encode the files with TMPGenc before writing, though this may not be necessary with other systems.

Finally, spend some time browsing on Videohelp.com.

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January 19, 2006 at 11:20:15
I have spent alot of time reading on Videohelp.com, the problem is I don't know anything about mpeg files dvd format and all that stuff I just want the cheapest and easiest way, I am not interested in downloading movies from internet, or watching movies on my computer, just on our TV so I think a DVD/VHS Recorder/player would be the cheapest way to go but with reading all the stuff on Video help I think it refers more to computer/Movie watching and really I just want to switch these VHS Movies to DVD's and give the VHS's to Salvation Army, but they are great Movies and to replace them would cost a lot, I read on the videohelp that some DVD/VCR players/recorders do not go past the Write protected and some do so just trying to find out which one's do so that I can get that one, I appreciate all the help you guys are giving me honestly but alot of this stuff is greek to me. I read about the guy from Canada, which seems to really know what he is talking about, but all the other reviews under that 1600 machine are all having trouble getting it to work I just don't want to spend that money (we are on social security) and then not be able to do it? I read alot but do not understand these technical words.

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January 19, 2006 at 11:44:25
I have a Home NEW Cyber Home CH-DVD 300 & a OLDER Sanyo VHS VCR 4 head hi fi, player and recorder if I connected them together do you think that would work? Is a recorder a Burner?

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January 19, 2006 at 15:19:49
The DVD unit needs to be a recorder/burner.

The cheapest way to do what you want to do is get a video capture card and a DVD writer but it will also be very time-consuming. I suggest you get whatever DVD/VHS combo you can find in your area and try it out after checking the web to see what level of copy protection it has.

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January 19, 2006 at 20:10:48
There is possible problem. Many stand alone DVD recorder's have to be used to playback their recordings. You cannot use a standalone player to play them.

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January 19, 2006 at 23:59:20
I knew this would not necessarely be easy, so far a lot of equipment would have been purchased to try all this, I did go to KMart looking for the DVD/VHS/Player & Recorder, but of course that brand and model is not sold there now, I have checked and find that Sears may sell that brand, I am also checking the Video Capture thing, we will be living in a RV and will have limited space in 6 months, so also want to prepare for that, I hate to get rid of my Movies, if I find a way I will post for some one elses information.Thanks all

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January 29, 2006 at 00:29:22
Bought a dvd recorder for 150-50 rebate so cost 100 at Radio Shack and it copies store bought Movies for backup purposes of course also plays them or you can play them on other dvd player, hooked it up to tv and vcr and bingo..Its a LiteOn LVW 5006, its a lot easier to take back a dvd home recorder than all the components needed on a computer to record these things, thought people might like to know, works great.

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