recorded tv programs on vhs to dvd

cuestakid

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I was wondering if it was possible to take some TV programs that i have recorded over the years(mainly sporting events) and put them on DVD? I ask because I am looking into getting a either a new monitor with the elgato eye tv to record tv shows as well as convert my tapes or would it be cheaper to get an lcd tv to do both my tv viewing and computer usage.

thanks
 

CanadaRAM

macrumors G5
Two ways

1) Buy a stand-alone DVD recorder or combo VHS-DVD recorder and simply dub from one to another

2) Use a DV Camcorder with analog passthrough capability, or buy a Analog to Digital video converter like a Datavidero DAC-200, Canopus, or Elgato, and convert the VHS output to DV and import it into iMovie on the Mac through Firewire, edit, and burn a DVD with iDVD.
 

superleccy

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Oct 31, 2004
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That there big London
Several ways to do this. You can use an SCART -> DV converter like the Miglia Directors' Cut (discontinued) or the Canopus ADVC-110. These will output a DV stream that you can capture with iMovie.

But... I find the easiest and cheapest way is to invest in a domestic DVD recorder. Record your VHS stuff onto Recordable DVD, and then (if you want) rip the DVD to the Mac.

Good luck
SL

EDIT: Or what CanadaRAM said.
 

cuestakid

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so are you saying that I won't have problems with macrovision or any other kind of copyright? Because that was my primary concern was not being able to do it at all because of copyright
 

superleccy

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Oct 31, 2004
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Sorry, I was answering your question from a theoretical, technical viewpoint, not a legal one. I am not qualified to comment on the legal issues.

As for Macrovision, AFAIK that was only applied to pre-recorded VHS tapes.

SL
 

cuestakid

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Sorry, I was answering your question from a theoretical, technical viewpoint, not a legal one. I am not qualified to comment on the legal issues.

As for Macrovision, AFAIK that was only applied to pre-recorded VHS tapes.

SL
let me clarify what i meant- I asking whether or not the copyright issue would not allow me to do it technologically-I am aware that this may or may not be legal but Iwould like to know whether or not it is copyright or technology that would hinder me
 

superleccy

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Oct 31, 2004
978
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That there big London
let me clarify what i meant- I asking whether or not the copyright issue would not allow me to do it technologically-I am aware that this may or may not be legal but Iwould like to know whether or not it is copyright or technology that would hinder me
I don't know about the technical impact of Macrovision on what you want to do. However, if - as you say - it's TV programmes that you've recorded, then Macrovision doesn't apply.

SL
 
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