This is the only way I know how to do it:
I have an Aiptek A-HD+ 1080p SD Card/Hard Drive camcorder that has an AV input on it (the camcorder comes with an AV cable for it). Here's how to capture a VHS tape on the camcorder:
U have to plug the AV cable jack into the camcorder's AV input port on its back, then plug the yellow, red, and white jacks into the TV's AV output. Then turn on the camcorder via opening its LCD, and u should see a screen that has 3 options: "Headphones", "AV out", and "AV in". Choose AV in because u want to take the video from the TV. So then after all that, u should see watever is on the TV on the camcorder's LCD with very good quality, then just record it to have the video shared between the TV and camcorder. This is called video capturing I think, and u can also do this with a capture card. Capture cards r like $50-$90 or soemthing, but I have to use a $150 camcorder cuz the capture card's USB port can't reach the computer cuz the only TV in my house with AV outputs is in a seperate room.
I hope this helped. I used this method and I was able to get VHS tape footage on the camcorder, and since ur getting the footage from the TV thru the AV cables, it'll be like watching a mini-TV on the camcorder's LCD.
I have been reading so much on this, I'm confusing myself. I watched the video on this site, but it is an older video and I'm wondering if I can do it without having to purchase the converter.
Any help you can give would be greatly appreciated.
Here is my situation:
I want to 'upload' my vhs tape that contains old 8mm movies on them to my pc in order to share them with my family via website, e-mail, etc.
I have a laptop that has this capability (HP Pavillion Entertainment). It runs on Vista and has Windows Movie Maker and an analog tv tuner card. When I record from the vcr to the laptop, it gets a little 'fuzzy'. I'm not sure how to fix that. Also, the hard drive on my laptop is not very big which is why I would rather record to my desktop.
On my desktop, which runs XP, I have an older version of WMM. Therefore, I can't open the clips from the laptop on the desktop if I emailed them to myself.
I have an HP a810n - there is an s-cable spot on the tower, along with usb ports. I have a sylvania vcr/dvd player that also has an s-cable spot (I'm not technically literate).
I guess my question is, with these devices, can I record to my desktop? How do I connect the vcr to the pc?
Any advice or suggestions would be appreciated. I'm looking for the way that would get me the best quality and not break the bank.