old vhs movies to dvd

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by old cholo, Apr 7, 2008.

  1. old cholo macrumors member

    old cholo

    Joined:
    Jan 22, 2007
    Location:
    So. California
    #1
    i have a ton of old vhs movies from the 80's and 90's that i would like to convert to dvd. i dont have a vhs cam anymore but i sure dont want to lose these movies you cant get them on dvd any help please i m new at this so please be gentle thanks:D
     
  2. Moof1904 macrumors 65816

    Joined:
    May 20, 2004
    #2
    For a very low price, I bought a combination VHS/DVD-R deck that attaches to my TV. Unless the VHS movies have some sort of copy protection on them that would prevent copying them to DVD this way, the combo deck will do so. It's legal since you own the original movies and far less trouble then trying to digitize a movie using a computer.
     
  3. old cholo thread starter macrumors member

    old cholo

    Joined:
    Jan 22, 2007
    Location:
    So. California
    #3
    but dont all vhs movies have this protection????
     
  4. Saliwa macrumors member

    Joined:
    Apr 7, 2008
    #4
    The vhs movies that have the macromedia protection are quite rare, you will be fine.
     
  5. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2006
    Location:
    Redondo Beach, California
    #5
    Do you have a mini DV camera? These make greate converters almost all of them have a "pass through" feature are a video signal conected to "video in" is send out the fire wire cable to a computer as DV format data.
     
  6. krye macrumors 68000

    krye

    Joined:
    Aug 21, 2007
    Location:
    USA
    #6
    My friend has a Sony USB Burner that has RCA inputs on the back for a direct capture. I connected my VCR to the back and popped in my old home movies. I pressed play on the VCR and record on the DVD burner. It records the VCR output right to DVD.

    I then took the DVDs and ripped them on the Mac using MacTheRipper. I then took the vobs and burned then to a disk image using Toast. I then used Toast to extract the video from the disk image to DV. I took the DV and dumped that into iMovie. That's where I cut it into chapters, added scene transitions, fade ins and outs. I then Shared that with iDVD and added some sweet menus. Done.

    I think you basically needs something like the Sony burner.
    Here's one on eBay for $60:
    http://cgi.ebay.com/Sony-DVDIRECT-Video-recordable-VRD-VC_W0QQitemZ200213792942QQcmdZViewItem

    Or new:
    http://justdeals.stores.yahoo.net/vrdvc10.html

    Shop around to get it cheaper. $179 is kind of a rip.
     

Share This Page