UK Vintage Radio Repair and Restoration Powered By Google Custom Search Vintage Radio Service Data

Go Back   UK Vintage Radio Repair and Restoration Discussion Forum > Specific Vintage Equipment > Vintage Television and Video

Notices

Vintage Television and Video Vintage television and video equipment, programmes, VCRs etc.

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 31st Oct 2018, 11:33 pm   #1
InsertNameHere
Pentode
 
InsertNameHere's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2018
Location: London, UK.
Posts: 228
Default VHS to DVD

Hi, a family member has a few VHS tapes they would like on DVD (So they can play them easier) and I was wondering if there was a way I could do this with my PC without buying anything.

I was wondering if there would be a way I could connect the VCR and computer, take the files and then burn them onto discs.

Thanks
InsertNameHere is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 31st Oct 2018, 11:59 pm   #2
Jolly 7
Pentode
 
Join Date: Feb 2018
Location: Southampton, Hampshire, UK.
Posts: 246
Default Re: VHS to DVD

Buying a converter would greatly simplify your task as they are quite inexpensive. You can connect the three leads to your VCR output and the USB end to your computer.No additional software purchase is needed as there are many free programs to download, depending upon your computer's operating system. The software should allow you to see and capture the video captured from the VCR. You can then save these as mpeg2 files and burn them to DVD.

If your VCR has a SCART output only, you will need to buy a SCART to composite convertor to enable you to connect the red, white and yellow plugs from your video converter to your PC.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/USB-2-0-V...edirect=mobile

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Male-Scar...edirect=mobile

Last edited by Jolly 7; 1st Nov 2018 at 12:05 am. Reason: Additional information
Jolly 7 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 1st Nov 2018, 12:08 am   #3
InsertNameHere
Pentode
 
InsertNameHere's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2018
Location: London, UK.
Posts: 228
Default Re: VHS to DVD

oh okay. Thank you. Will look into it.
InsertNameHere is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 1st Nov 2018, 3:15 am   #4
ben
Dekatron
 
ben's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Madrid, Spain / Wirral, UK
Posts: 5,051
Default Re: VHS to DVD

Alternatively you could get a hard disk/dvd combo recorder (the ones with analogue tuners are cheap now) and record off tape to the HDD, later burning what you want onto DVDs. I do this occasionally. I do have a capture card in the PC but the software I have is not up to much and I've been too lazy to investigate what else is out there!
__________________
Regards,
Ben.
ben is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 1st Nov 2018, 7:42 am   #5
Half a Mullard
Pentode
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: East Yorkshire, UK.
Posts: 164
Default Re: VHS to DVD

I have a Panasonic DVD recorder and have transferred both Beta and VHS tapes to DVD by simply connecting both machines together while monitoring on the TV. It may be possible to pick up DVD recorders reasonably as most recorders now seem to use HDD rather than DVD's.

The results have been very satisfactory.
__________________
Howard
Half a Mullard is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 1st Nov 2018, 10:19 am   #6
M0FYA Andy
Octode
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Preston, Lancashire, UK.
Posts: 1,611
Default Re: VHS to DVD

One of my last purchases from Maplin was a converter of the type mentioned in post #2, it works very well. I think it cost about 30. They also had another costing more than 100 which the assistant recommended because it was 'better'. When I asked to quantify what he meant by 'better' he floundered, so I declined his recommendation!

Andy
M0FYA Andy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 1st Nov 2018, 1:00 pm   #7
Paul Stenning
Administrator
 
Paul Stenning's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Cardiff
Posts: 7,107
Default Re: VHS to DVD

I have an EzCAP which works very well. http://www.ezcap.tv/usb-video-captur...6-capture-card It comes with ArcSoft ShowBiz capture/editing software and will even capture prerecorded tapes with copy protection OK if you use the patch available in their forum. All works fine on Windows 10.

The advantage of going via a PC is that you can do some editing along the way such as removing adverts, nasty edits and unwanted bits etc, and can also crop or blank the edges, especially the head switching lines at the bottom, which makes the result nicer to watch. Avidemux is free and will do most of the editing you need.

DVDVideoSoft Free Video to DVD Converter will convert the resulting MPG file to the appropriate files and folders to burn to a DVD, and also comes with Free DVD Video Burner for that part. Take care to just get those programs from DVDVideoSoft as some of their others are trialware/nagware, but those two are OK.

Generally I would say go for no more than 2 hours per 4.7GB DVD as otherwise the compression will begin to be more visible. If you are using 8.5GB dual layer disks then up to 4 hours will be OK. So for a full E180 tape split it somewhere near the middle if using 4.7GB disks.
__________________

Paul Stenning
Forum Admin/Owner and BVWS Committee Member
Paul Stenning is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 1st Nov 2018, 4:54 pm   #8
InsertNameHere
Pentode
 
InsertNameHere's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2018
Location: London, UK.
Posts: 228
Default Re: VHS to DVD

Okay, thank you, I'll try connecting the VCR to the DVD player and trying it that way.

Thanks for replying.
InsertNameHere is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools



All times are GMT +1. The time now is 2:26 pm.


All information and advice on this forum is subject to the WARNING AND DISCLAIMER located at https://www.vintage-radio.net/rules.html.
Failure to heed this warning may result in death or serious injury to yourself and/or others.


Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright ©2002 - 2018, Paul Stenning.