This week, we received many great responses from our members on how to transfer VHS videos to DVDs. And from reading it all, many of you suggested that Kirk must have some basic prerequisites before considering video hardware or software, such as a large hard drive (one video can take gigs of drive space) and a computer that is fairly fast and has plenty of RAM. I also realized there are many types of methods, hardware components, and software available to accomplish this task. So this week's winning answer isn't so much the only solution, just the tip of the iceberg on how to get started. Please read through this week's winning submission and all the honorable mentions. Hopefully, Kirk and all of you who are interested in this topic will get an overall understanding of what is needed to dip into this new adventure. If it's all too much, a few members even suggest a simple solution: buy a standalone VHS-to-DVD-recorder component; the drawback would be that you could only record, not edit, your videos. Good luck!
I have a fairly new computer that's running Windows XP, and I would like to take some of my old family videos on VHS and transfer them on to DVDs and play them. I have a DVD burner, but what other equipment and software are needed in order for a novice like myself to accomplish this?
----Submitted by: Kirk S. of Lake Charles, LA
The basic steps to get from VHS to DVD are:
1. Capture the video on your computer.
2. Edit the video.
3. Create the DVD layout.
4. Burn the DVD.
From a hardware point of view, you need a way to connect your VHS VCR to your
computer. Video capture devices are available as PCI cards (for desktops),
PCMCIA cards (for laptops), and USB cables (for either). All of these come with
software for controlling the video capture process and basic video editing.
Your DVD burner may have come with beginners' software for creating movie DVDs.
Finally, you will need a large hard disk for holding the raw video files during
the capture and editing process. A typical DVD can hold almost two hours of
video, but this is in a compressed format and takes up about 4.5GB. The same
raw video in AVI format may take 30GB. (I'm not sure about the compression
ratio, just have a BIG disk handy!)... Read more
--Submitted by David B. of Newton, Massachusetts
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