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Need help with 10 years of procrastination

by Aldirtan / January 24, 2009 4:56 AM PST

Hi all ..

long story short : I have several years worth of camcorder tapes (miniDV) , as well as quite a collection of VHS tapes , ALL of which I want to convert to disc.

Any advice on my best route ? should I firewire into my cpu and use windows movie maker ? my cpu is an intel Q6600 2.4GHz ,Nvidia 8800gts, and a pioneer DVR-212D DVD-RW

what kind of discs do I need ? DVD +r/w ?

What do I do with the VHS tapes ? try to convert to disc thru cpu ? or do those DVD/VCR combo's work ? ( one touch dubbing etc )

I dont even know where to begin .

any help is appreciated ..

thank you

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by chickenorfish / January 24, 2009 5:41 AM PST
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What I do...
by Papa Echo / January 24, 2009 7:08 AM PST

For VHS tapes: Play this on a VHS player connected to a DVD player/recorder

For MiniDV- if you have a DVD player/Recorder with Firewire, connect and with the camcorder in play mode, just record with the DVD recorder. Otherwise, use the AV cables.

For both: while played on a TV, record via the TV output....

Of course, if you want to make your miniDV clips into a proper movie(i.e. edit) then you need to do it via your computer ....

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how do I transfer "movie" from cpu to a disc ?
by Aldirtan / January 24, 2009 1:09 PM PST
In reply to: What I do...

ok ..

I also understand that windows movie maker does NOT write to dvd - just cd ..

If I am transferring my tapes to my cpu to edit/make movies .. what do I need to be able to write them to DVD or perhaps Blu Ray ??

Do I need a new writer ? what kind of discs are normally used to write home vide to ? DVD or Blu ray ?

thanks for the advice so far

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