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Copying VHS to my PC and then to DVD

by cogs06 / October 26, 2009 10:07 AM PDT

I want to copy my mountain of aging VHS movies to my PC and then onto DVD.

Some of them are Macromedia protected and as there are some 20 odd Disney movies still costing $25 plus here in Australia therefore this is my cheapest option.

I have been given all sorts of suggestions and the most feasiable was to connect my VCR to my PC through the SVideo port on my TV Tuner Card.

I have also tried to copy via my camcorder but it doesn't have analog to digital passthrough.

I connected my also aging VCR to my PC and have not been able to work out how to get the movie it is playing to be be viewed or captured on my PC and its monitor.

Can anyone assist me and point out what is probably the obvious to me please?

Present Australian copyright laws permit the owner of media to make one copy for their personal use as long as only one copy is played at any one time.

I am operating the following hardware:
Intel entium D 2.8 GHz
DDR2 RAM 667MHz 3 Gb
nVidea GeForce 7300GT video card
Seagate 320 Gb HDD (Main)
Seagate 500 Gb HDD (Storage)
Sony DVD single layer Burner
Leadtech 1000S DVB Tuner - with SVideo connection
SVideo to RCA adaptor

My Software is:
Windows Vista Home Premium SP2
Windows Media Centre
I have several DVD copying and burning programmes.


Life was so much simpler in the '60's

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by Jonmor68 / October 27, 2009 6:34 AM PDT

Macromedia protected VHS tapes won't record to PC or DVD recorder.
You should be able to play them using the RCA adaptor.
While the law in Australia permit it, the hardware doesn't as it's designed to prevent the output being recorded.
One thing I havn't tried that may work, is to take the output from your tv while playing and record to another vcr/dvd recorder.
But before going to all this trouble, why not shop around some of the these titles may well be available for purchase on dvd quite cheaply in various discount stores, or even secondhand from video shops as ex rental sales.

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VHS to PC copying
by cogs06 / October 27, 2009 9:05 AM PDT
In reply to: VHS to PC

I know that macrovision is a cow. I was informed that by the connection method I mentioned the tuner card would ignore the Macrovision signal. There are ways to bypass the Macrovision signal before it reaches the inner depths of the PC and the digital police.

There is a gadget made in the US called "Grex" which is designed for this, but I must import it. If it comes to it I will.

As for playing though the TV to a DVD recorder that won't work. I upgraded to all digital TV last year and my DVD recorder was analog. I enquired with the manufacturer who made both products and they explained how and why a watched signal can't be recorded.

I am still at a loss as to why I can't even view what is playing or capture non protected video. Is there any particular type of programme I need?


Life was so much simpler in the '60's

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Dicey Topic...
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / October 29, 2009 2:55 AM PDT

Such is not specifically allowed in many countries.. But... Reading up on the topic shows that the Australian Copyright Council does indeed allow for a single DVD copy of your personally owned VHS to be created legally. I'm not sure Disney would like the idea though...

See the Videos & DVDs/Copying and Downloading PDF file in the lower right of the link below:

But as an afterthought, yep, you're headed in the right direction.. Your best bet is to think "video stabilizer/Grex or a similar device" using a simple VHS player and a DVD player/recorder for your television with a video stabilizer between the two will get the job done. It's quicker if you've already got the device in use, the quality is as good as the player will allow, and the programming is already included in the television based DVD Recorder. Use the three wire (yellow, red, white) audio/video RCA jacks to connect the two.

Hope this helps.


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VHS to PC copying
by cogs06 / October 29, 2009 10:37 AM PDT
In reply to: Dicey Topic...

Thanks Grif. That is the way I keep finding (video stabiliser) regardles of all the ways I have been told or read.

I don't have a DVD recorder any more as it decided that it had had enough so it is now where millions of them are.

I do all of my recording on the PC now and that is how I would like to do this task. Apart from the video stabiliser what else do i need then to capture onto my P?

My VCR only has L & R sound & video out via RCA sockets.

My PC has USB, Firewire, sound card with the three sockets & a TV tuner card with a SVideo socket.

At present I have the VCR sound connected to the sound card in socket & the video connected to the SVideo on the TV tuner with a RCA to SVideo adaptor.

As I mentioned earlier I see & hear nothing. Is this the right way to connect up even with a video stabiliser inline?


Life was much simpler in the '60's.

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A Number Of Ways To Do It..
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / October 29, 2009 11:59 AM PDT
In reply to: VHS to PC copying

..but as I mentioned, it's easier to do the TV DVD recorder thing and sometimes cheaper if you need to purchase everything for your PC up front. It's up to you.....

To use your current VCR and transmit the video and audio to your PC, you'll want a few things.. One option is to use something like an external capture card, which has jacks for the left, right, and video RCA jacks, then plugs directly into the USB port of your computer.. Some of them have video capture software that accompanies them, but that's for you to do the research. Frequently, you'll need to also purchase and install video capture software such as Dazzle or something similar which not only captures the video but also converts into DVD format for burning on your DVD. I don't use the stuff so you'll need to search Google for video capture software and such.

Here's a link to review:

Hope this helps.


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VHS to PC copying
by cogs06 / October 31, 2009 10:39 AM PDT
In reply to: VHS to PC copying

Thanks once again Grif.

I'll look into it and see which methos is most suited/economical or if at all depending on the final costing.

It just amzes me that something appears to be so simple on the surface end up bidder than Ben Hur. Formats, protocols, languages, codecs, etc., etc., etc.

I'm no computer guru and for a long time resisted hard against computer technology mainly outof fear and ignorance. With four children in the modern world I had to change and am still doing so. Now I see why they get frustrated with me when I don't understand these things or don't update soon enough.

Again thanks for the tips and directions.

Life was much simpler in the '60's

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