Can't output Pinnacle movie to analog VCR

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Ron, Apr 17, 2004.

  1. Ron

    Ron Guest

    I have an ATI 9800 video card and connected my analog VCR via
    composite cables. I can copy VCRS into Pinnacle 9 and render a movie
    without problems.

    Now I want to write the output to a VCR tape but nothing is output.

    The only options in Pinnacle 9 in the make tape options are 1) DV
    output or 2) VGA output. Rendering the file seems to work OK - when I
    select VGA in the player, I'm not getting anything on tape.

    Please help!!

    Ron, Apr 17, 2004
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  2. Just thought I'd express two obvious possibilities why it might not be
    getting through to the tape. The most obvious...make sure the tape
    your using is not copy protected. The other is, in the setup options,
    make sure to choose both the audio and video output devices. Ken
    Ken Palmateer, Apr 17, 2004
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    Gary Price Guest

    I use a DC30 capture card, so I cant give you specifics, but with the DC 30,
    the capture has to be done using a CODEC that supports going back out to the
    VCR. I can capture in Video for Windows, and later convert to the "DC30
    Editing Mode" and it will output. Much better to capture in the right
    format in the begining (DC 30 Editing Mode). Since I dont have your card, I
    cant tell you how it is, but this may be affecting it. If you render and
    you dont see it on your TV screen, it is possible that you dont have it in
    the right format to go back out to the VCR. Hope this helps.
    Gary Price, Apr 18, 2004
  4. Ron

    RonW Guest

    Mea Culpa!

    Duh....I didn't have the video-in cables connected - only the output ones
    from the VCR. I guess that would explain it.

    Now I have to find some way to get the s-video output from the ATI into the
    old VCR with just composite inputs.

    Thanks everyone for your time!
    RonW, Apr 18, 2004
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    Don Stauffer Guest

    If that is an All-in-Wonder card you get the video out in parallel with
    the VGA. You do have to enable the NTSC output in the video settings.
    Don Stauffer, Apr 18, 2004
  6. Ron

    RonW Guest

    Thanks Don - I have discovered this!

    Anyway, one other little detail, I have a 6.1 speaker system that uses all
    three of my Audigy card's line output connectors.

    Where will I get an audio out connection? Can I use a headphone out from the
    audio card to go into the VCR?

    My VCR doesn't even have 1 s-video connector for output. DO any VCRs have an
    s-video connector for both input AND output?
    RonW, Apr 19, 2004
  7. (snip)
    : My VCR doesn't even have 1 s-video connector for output. DO any VCRs have an
    : s-video connector for both input AND output?

    Yes, but they are mostly SVHS recorders.

    Richard in Boston, MA, USA
    Richard G Amirault, Apr 19, 2004
  8. Maybe, but if you're stuck using the sound card, I'd say use the
    main line out (stereo) -- which means disconnecting the speakers. It
    is likelier to do a clean signal at the right level.
    SVHS VCRs come with s-video connectors. I've never seen a VHS VCR
    with them, even though they'd work just fine. If you only have
    s-video out, there are adapters -- Radio Shack had them -- but I've
    always used a camcorder or VCR with s-video in to work around the

    OTOH, if you had an s-video capable camcorder, or any digital
    camcorder, you could just use those -- using a digital camcorder for
    editing is much easier than analog.
    Jeffery S. Jones, Apr 19, 2004
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