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[*] Post 313342 posted on 23-12-2007 at 18:53 Reply With Quote
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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)
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[*] Post 313393 posted on 24-12-2007 at 03:01 Reply With Quote

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...
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[*] Post 313460 posted on 24-12-2007 at 12:55 Reply With Quote

More trouble than it's worth! Hardware requirements are not cheap/small.
Basic requirement:
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.
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