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Putting VHS and 8mm onto my computer to burn onto DVD & iPod

Ok, here's what I've done: bought a DVD recorder (magnavox $140)and copied a VHS onto DVD, no problem except that my computer will not read the DVD (it thinks it is blank!) Yes, it plays on the DVD player. So,I am not happy. Should I return the DVD recorder and buy video capture software for my computer. I really want the tapes on the computer, not just a DVD that only plays on the TV. Here's what I've got: HP Media Center m8100n TV PC (1 year old, TV tuner is not hooked up) W/ AMD Athlon 64X2 dual-core processor 5600+, Window Vista, 3072 MB memory, 500 GB hard drive. I know these questions have been addresses before, but some of the threads were so old I was afraid the software was out of date and some of the links are no longer available.
Thanks,
adams403

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Couple questions:

In reply to: Putting VHS and 8mm onto my computer to burn onto DVD & iPod

"it plays on the dvd player"; standalone player or the recorder?

What media are you using, rewritable? If it's not rewritable then it needs to be finalize (maybe).

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thank you

In reply to: Couple questions:

Your simple comment/question made me double check my disc again ~ well, it wouldn't play in any other DVD player either. I put it into the DVD recorder and came up with an error message. I decided to throw it away and try again ~ success! Thank you.

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