Converting old analogue tapes to dvd's via pc

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March 26, 2010 at 15:09:07
Specs: Windows 7 Home Premium
26.3.2010
Help!
Over many years I've taken hundreds of hours of video tapes on various cameras. I sadly no longer have the cameras - but I do have the many tapes!
2 main formats - (i) 8mm video cassettes and (ii) VHS C tapes - and both presumably are analogue?
Ideally, I want to convert all of them to digital and put them on DVD's for future long term storage and use - and I imagine this involves loading them onto my computer first and then burning DVD's?
Problem - how to do this? I know there are companies out there who would charge upwards of £1,000 to convert them all. Can't afford that!
Is there a simple, idiot proof device which a total non teccie like me could use to do the job easily at home for a modest investment (say, £50 - 150) ?
All/any advice would be gratefully received.
Thanks.

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#1
March 26, 2010 at 15:23:17
You have to have some sort of players to transfer them to your PC, Those blue skyhook players from before are no longer available LMAO.
Or search thrift shops etc for those players, they would be quite cheap anymore.

Ask friends and families if they have players and go that route and try not to gain too much weight from the lbs ;-)
1,000 lbs is quite heavy

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#2
March 26, 2010 at 15:58:52
Bsides the players, you would need a 'video input adapter' for your PC to convert the analog to digital. Those adapters sometimes come with a program to do the conversion.

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#3
March 26, 2010 at 16:10:28
yes, like a PCI capture card or a firewire connection.

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#4
March 26, 2010 at 16:47:24
If you have a laptop and no way to attach PCI or firewire, there are also USB adapters.

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#5
March 26, 2010 at 16:49:06
I find the fastest way is to use a DVD recorder with analog input.
Most cameras have analog output. Just play tape and record.
Each DVD will hold two hours at high quality.

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#6
March 28, 2010 at 10:48:58
Thanks for all of your thoughts and input - much appreciated.

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#7
April 1, 2010 at 14:57:28
I'm in the process of converting VHS to DVD using a DVD VHS combo. Works great. I only have VHS so I just have to play the VHS and copy to the DVD. I've done about 25 so far have more to go. Like the other poster said most DVD players have other inputs to use.

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#8
April 1, 2010 at 15:07:26
Many thanks for your encouraging response - very much appreciated.

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