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Converting VHS movies to DVD

by acer57 / September 15, 2007 12:16 PM PDT

My wife has a large collection of movies on VHS tapes and I'd like to put them on DVD rather than purchase new on DVD. The movies have been purchased by her and the DVD's would be for our personal use. I have started to research how to convert and I need to know if I purchase a Video Stabilizing device do will it allow the protected tapes to be written to DVD? I also need to know if I will need any other devices in line from the VHS player and my PC.

I have a fairly new HP PC with a DVD burner and Vista software. Will the Vista Movie Maker software do everything I need to do or will I need any additional software?

All help and information will be greatly appreciated.

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Well discussed and prior discussion so...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 16, 2007 12:38 AM PDT

Excuse me if this seems short but it's been discussed a few dozen times.

Here's the rundown.

-> Many purchased tapes are MACROVISION copy protected so a lot of tapes will fail. Some report success and failure with stabilizers.
-> The PC capture and make a DVD is about 4 hours of your time (or more) per 1 hour of video.

This is why I suggest a DVD RECORDER (they go for 50 bucks and up) to connect the VCR to and do the transfer.



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I agreed with Bob here.
by ahtoi / September 16, 2007 7:15 AM PDT

Since there are no editing involve, I think dvd recorder is the easiest and simplest way to go.

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