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Convert Home Video Tape to DVD

by moxo21 / October 22, 2011 11:42 AM PDT

Hey guys, I wanted to get my mum's old home video converted to DVD for her birthday since 1. I heard the tape deteriorates after time and 2. we don't really have anyway of playing them on tape.

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tape to DVD
by snapshot2 Forum moderator / October 22, 2011 12:12 PM PDT
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Simplest and easiest...in my opinion,
by ahtoi / October 22, 2011 12:44 PM PDT

would be using a standalone dvd recorder (and I have tried all methods).

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Stand Alone DVD Recorder
by snapshot2 Forum moderator / October 23, 2011 12:34 AM PDT

Here is one you probably have not tried.
Sony Multi-Function DVD Recorder

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=&sku=631186&Q=&is=REG&A=details

You will find prices that range from $120 to $199.
I picked up a refurbished one for about $70.

If you don't want to do any editing, just copy tape to DVD this is the easiest.
The manual was obviously written by an engineer, not a tech writer.
So it takes a while to understand what they are trying to say.

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Two recording mode...nice.
by ahtoi / October 23, 2011 1:06 AM PDT

AVC/.H264 might come in handy.

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Reply: Stand Alone DVD Recorder
by moxo21 / October 23, 2011 4:26 AM PDT

This seems like exactly what I'm looking for, Thank you!

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by snapshot2 Forum moderator / October 23, 2011 10:47 AM PDT

Once you create the DVD, I would think you could use some software to rip it to your computer.
You could use some software to do the editing and then use something like Roxio to create another DVD if you wanted the finished product as a DVD.

I have not tried that.

If you have a camcorder with a firewire output and have a firewire port on your computer you could use a video edit program to capture the video and edit it.
I have used a program by Ulead, but Ulead had been purchased by Corel and they have put out a program called Corel Video Studio Express. It is not as good as the old Ulead Program.

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