Best way to archive my old VHS tapes to DVD's?

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by james, Aug 28, 2005.

  1. james

    james Guest

    I have about 30 or 40 VHS tapes that are aging.

    What's the best way to convert them to DVD's?

    I can plug my VCR into my digital camera and capture and save as MPEG2.

    Then I have to store the raw MPEG2 files, from which I could author
    DVD's.

    Is this the easiest way to do the conversion?
     
    james, Aug 28, 2005
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  2. Just get a DVD recorder. Lite-on has some.

    Gary Eickmeier
     
    Gary Eickmeier, Aug 29, 2005
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  3. No. Easiest is to use a standalone DVD recorder.
    It will likely do just fine for your purposes and
    MUCH more convienent (and FASTER besides.)
     
    Richard Crowley, Aug 29, 2005
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  4. james

    Donald Link Guest

    Over all yes. Cheapest way by far also.
     
    Donald Link, Aug 29, 2005
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  5. james

    DanR Guest

    Take a look at the Sony VRD-VC20. See this article:
    http://www.time.com/time/gadget/20050511/
    $251 right now at Bestbuy.
    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=7161876&type=product&id=1110266453869
    This might be a good choice if you have no DVD burner at all at this time. It is
    a "stand alone" DVD burner AND connects to your computer via USB2 to do the
    things that a computer DVD burner does.
    One drawback that I've noticed is that it no pass through video. If you connect
    the "only" video output of your VCR to the input of the VC20... you can't
    monitor what you are recording. Work arounds are to use the RF out of the VCR to
    monitor the recording or use video DA.
     
    DanR, Aug 29, 2005
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