VHS conversion please HELP!?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by karterius, Jun 11, 2012.

  1. karterius macrumors member

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    #1
    Hello,

    I am creating a wedding video, and my fiance and I both have most of our childhood on VHS. I would like to start converting these over to edit into the video.

    What's the best way to do this? Should I buy a standalone VHS to DVD burner, and then rip the DVD? Or buy one of the VHS USB capture devices? I want the best quality output, but speed is an issue.

    MANY THANKS to everyone's input.
     
  2. charlieegan3 macrumors 68020

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    #3
    would Handbrake (free) not do that?
     
  3. monokakata macrumors 68000

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    I've been using this:

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ...Design_VIDREC_Video_Recorder_USB_Capture.html

    for about a week. It does exactly what it's meant to do. I'm completely satisfied.

    I have a Panasonic AG1980 VHS recorder (a high-end one, in its day) with S-video output, TBC, and so on.

    The key thing is unattended operation. I start up the Black Magic device (having previously set the parameters, which I haven't had to change), start the VHS deck, and walk away (or do something else).

    When it completes, there's a H.264 file on my drive. I edit it, or just save it as an archive for later editing.

    I can't imagine that it gets any easier than this, except for sending the whole job out. I have about 20-30 tapes to convert and the task doesn't frighten me at all.

    I have a hard time remembering when I bought any device that solved a problem so neatly and with so little effort.

    It's not cheap, though.
     
  4. simsaladimbamba

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    Not into an editable format, as HandBrake only uses MPEG-4 codec variants and not something like the Apple Intermediate Codec or ProRes or DV codec, for which one has to use MPEG Streamclip and the QuickTime MPEG-2 Playback Component (19.99 USD).

     

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