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Hi folks I have a bunch of video cassettes with family occasions recorded on them and I would love to put them on DVD, is this something i can do myself or do I have to take them somewhere to have it done? Any help is appreciated. thanks.

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Re: Transferring a video cassette tape to DVD

The best way that I know is buy a VCR/DVD Recorder they are about $150. at Walmart and I think BestBuyBestBuy

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Re: Transferring a video cassette tape to DVD
Anonymous wrote:

The best way that I know is buy a VCR/DVD Recorder they are about $150. at Wal-Mart and I think Best Buy

agreed the easiest way but no clue on the price of them.

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Re: Transferring a video cassette tape to DVD

Yea, on the VCR/DVD Combo Players there's usually a button to record straight to the DVD drive from the VCR player.

Another option is to get a TV Card for your computer like this and then play the video through your vcr as usual, and while it's playing record it with your computer, then burn the results onto a DVD. The benefit to this option is befor eyou burn it you can edit the video however you like it, compress it using any codec you want (i.e. Divx/Xvid etc.), create your own custo DVD with menu's and all of the stuff you can normally do when making movies to burn with your computer. If you already have a vcr player, which I'm assuming you do since you have the tapes, a TV Card is most likely cheaper than a DVD/VCR Combo player, and once you're done transferring all the tapes you won't be left with a new player you might not want, and you'll still have a cool TV Card to watch and record tv on your computer.


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Re: Transferring a video cassette tape to DVD

I second what Dogg said. A TV tuner card is your best bet. Gives you a lot more freedom over your video files for editing or what ever you want. You can then store them on your computer also in case you lose the dvd disk or it get's ruined or just want to play with other editing stuff. I'd keep the actual vhs tapes though also for backup purposes.

I have a ton of mini tapes I need to stream off on to my computer! I just have not gotten around to it. Video editing is a lot of fun but very time consuming.

A couple editing programs I recommend are Adobe Premiere elements
And as a free alternative if your using windows as an operating system and depending on what version of windows you have you can use Windows movie maker. I belive movie maker came with all versions of windows except the home versions up until vista. Maybe Vista I can't remember. But it can be found on the internet for free. If you have Windows 7 I recomend downloading the windows live version. It works pretty well. The only down side to it is I belive it only let's you save your movies as wmv files. The Adobe Premiere elements is an awsome program though if you have around $80 bucks to spend I recommend it.

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Re: Transferring a video cassette tape to DVD
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The Adobe Premiere elements is an awsome program though if you have around $80 bucks to spend I recommend it.

Totally agree, premiere elements ... Rock On


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