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nickyj182

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I have an old VHS tape of my Dad playing pool that I would love to put on DVD for him. I am well aware of the Analog converters I could buy to get the tape on my mac, but I would like to avoid purchasing one just for this one task. Are there any major businesses out there that I could tape the tape to and pay them to have it moved to DVD? Thanks in advance!
 

mscriv

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The other thing you can try is to see if anyone in the family has a digital video camera with a bypass feature. We had an older Sony Digital 8 video camera where I could pass through things playing on a VCR to a computer. This would convert the video from analog to digital in the process.

Another option would be to use a DVD recorder. Some are dual deck with a VHS bay built into them. We own one like this that will do one touch conversion from VHS to DVD.
 
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Your going to want to make a high quality master before burning out to DVD. Doing a straight VHS to DVD burn will be very compressed.
 
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UlsterApple

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Doing a straight VHS to DVD burn will be very compressed.

I do that all the time, straight from VHS to DVD on the same machine - one plays, one records. Quality on the DVD is as good as the original tape. The DVD can then be copied to my Mac and edited or processed to enhance the picture before final burning or uploading. It's the most cost-effective method of copying years of VHS memories.
 
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MacNut

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I do that all the time, straight from VHS to DVD on the same machine - one plays, one records. Quality on the DVD is as good as the original tape. The DVD can then be copied to my Mac and edited or processed to enhance the picture before final burning or uploading. It's the most cost-effective method of copying years of VHS memories.
Once you burn to DVD you lose quality, do a master DV burn first then edit it.
 
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GoreVidal

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What's a VHS? That said:

Once you burn to DVD you lose quality, do a master DV burn first then edit it.

No you won't. VHS quality is far below DVD quality. You won't lose any quality whatsoever.
 
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What's a VHS? That said:



No you won't. VHS quality is far below DVD quality. You won't lose any quality whatsoever.
The second you master out to DVD you lose quality, always do a hard master first and make your changes and burn to DVD.
 
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GoreVidal

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The second you master out to DVD you lose quality, always do a hard master first and make your changes and burn to DVD.

No. Again, VHS is lower quality than the lowest default DVD encoding. If you mean to create a RAW version of a capture, THEN burn it to DVD, then I agree. But you'll notice absolutely no difference going straight from VHS to DVD burn. I have done it dozens of times.
 
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MacNut

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No. Again, VHS is lower quality than the lowest default DVD encoding. If you mean to create a RAW version of a capture, THEN burn it to DVD, then I agree. But you'll notice absolutely no difference going straight from VHS to DVD burn. I have done it dozens of times.

I agree with that. If you want to do any editing though don't burn to DVD first. If you are just archiving a straight DVD burn is fine. I am still not convinced that DVD is a good long term archival source though. I would still have a raw master stored somewhere and then burn as many DVDs as you want.
 
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MusicEnthusiast

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I agree with that. If you want to do any editing though don't burn to DVD first. If you are just archiving a straight DVD burn is fine. I am still not convinced that DVD is a good long term archival source though. I would still have a raw master stored somewhere and then burn as many DVDs as you want.

What program do you use? And is there an alternative for Windows that I could do this for (so those I know who don't have Macs can use it too?)
 
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What program do you use? And is there an alternative for Windows that I could do this for (so those I know who don't have Macs can use it too?)
Basically you wan't to capture the analog and convert it to digital, any firewire camcorder will have a pass through that you can hook up the VCR too and then send the video out. Once its in the computer any editing software will allow you to master out.
 
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