2 Questions really.
Is it possible to connect a domestic VCR to a PC with the object of storing a film on the hard drive & then copy it through a DVD burner, I have loads of bought videos that I would like to change to DVD.
If it is possible, what gear do I need & is it legal?
I realise I could buy a proper DVD recorder for the TV (trying to save cash)
Thanks for reading
Legal? Well, no, not strictly speaking I believe...
Yes it's possible, but can be a pain, and you'll need a reasonable specced PC to cope... I wouldn't recommend it on a pIII 633 for instance...!
You'll need a S-Video port (sometimes on the graphics card) IIRC, and then a kit that contains an S-Video to Scart adapter... The bundle kits are reasonably cheap IIRc, about £10...
I personally never had much luck with it, and found the quality degraded quite a bit... But that may have just been that I was useless at the job!
This will do it by the looks of it, it's slightly different to what I used, but seems to do the same job...
More trouble than it's worth! Hardware requirements are not cheap/small.
Oodles of storage (200Gb barest min)
RAM 2Gb better
Fast CPU for the rendering
Video Capture Card
Video Editing Software
Time - and lots of it!
To record your video to HDD in real time
To place chapter markings in your video so that you can return to the point you left off during playback
Rendering - set it and forget it for several hours.
Burning and Testing.
In other words. Apart from the Copyright issues, unless they are treasured memories of Aunty Bess's prize winning flower arrangement, it ain't worth the trouble. I just keep an eye out for copies of my favourite DVDs on special or at clearance sales in you local video shop or at car boot sales.
Dear LS & Daz
Thanks for replying.
It really does sound like hassle, Probably better to save up for DVD recorder for the Tv.
Thanks Topcat I will investigate
Happy Christmas to all