Connect VHS player to computer?

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Serial # 19781010, Sep 22, 2004.

  1. Have installed a DVD rom drive on computer and really like being able
    to view movies on Computer monitor from time to time.

    This is a working computer (for CAD and GIS work) with dual 21" crt
    monitors running ATI 9200 agp and ATI 9100 pci video cards.

    Anyway , have a spare VHS tape deck and would like to be able to watch
    some of my old VHS movie tapes on computer monitor.

    Is there a simple cost-effective pci card that would allow me to
    connect the audio and video outputs from the VHS deck so I could watch
    the movies on the monitor and hear the audio over the headphones like
    I do with the DVD's? I do not need to capture and record anything.

    Any solution should be fairly simple and not screw up the video for
    it's primary use as a CAD workstation.

    Serial # 19781010, Sep 22, 2004
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  2. There are adapter boxes that convert composite video to
    RGBVH on a 15-pin connector that allows computer monitors
    to view conventional video. Some also have tuners to allow
    viewing off-the-air channels.
    Richard Crowley, Sep 22, 2004
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    Mike T Guest

    If you only want to play the tape and see it on the computer monitor, then
    the easiest would be to get a TV tuner card and connect the channel 3-4
    output from the VCR to the antenna input on the tuner card. Then you can
    see how soft the VHS picture is.

    Mike T
    Mike T, Sep 22, 2004
  4. Serial # 19781010

    J. Clarke Guest

    There are any number of them built on Conexant, Phillips, or Brooktree chips
    that will do this. The Compro Videomate boards are inexpensive and well
    J. Clarke, Sep 22, 2004
  5. For 24 bucks delivered to my door I can get the following which should
    do the job?..........

    PCI TV Tuner Video Capture with remote control

    Use remote control to Watch TV Programs on your PC
    Watch real TV programs with WebTV
    Video Conferencing with Microsoft Netmeeting
    Preview and Scan 25 TV Channels
    Capture still or motion video images from TV, VCR, V8 or camcorder
    Add a video camera and microphone to see and talk through the Internet
    or Intranet
    Play and sent AVI files by e-mail
    Supports Capture resolutions up to 768x576(Full PAL)

    Detailed Specification
    Chipset: supporting NTSC
    Conexant 878A chipset
    Full TV frequency range for CATV/ VHF/ UHF
    Live TV with 125 channels
    Supports NTSC, video formats
    Supports Web TV
    Capture still and motion video images from TV, VCR, V8 or Camcorder
    Video capture rate up to 30 frame/ sec
    Video conferencing with Microsoft Netmeeting by adding Video Camera
    Supports all major VGA cards with PCI/ AGP bus
    Supports planner YUV data format
    Supports S-Video or Composite Video Camera
    VBI data capture for closed caption data decoding
    Software teletext decoding
    Plug and Play, easy installation and application
    Supports Windows 95/ 98/me/2000/xp
    Serial # 19781010, Sep 23, 2004
  6. Serial # 19781010

    J. Clarke Guest

    If the software that comes with it is any good or if you're willing to use
    third-party then yes, it should let you display TV on your monitor. But
    the BT878 is an old chipset--the newer Phillips SAA713x or Conexant 2388x
    chips will give you a considerably better picture.
    J. Clarke, Sep 23, 2004
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    David Chien Guest

    Is there a simple cost-effective pci card that would allow me to
    Any of the WinTV or ATI all-in-wonder/tv-wonder cards will do this
    for <$100 quite easily.

    You can find the lower end models cheap online or the
    even older, but usable models on

    eg. TV Wonder for ~$70:

    eg. WinTV Go for ~$50:

    eg. WinTV on for $20:

    I personally would pick the TV wonder with remote edition since you
    can then control the entire 'TV' like a regular TV set with the remote
    control. But, if you're only at your desk all day and don't need to go
    far, then just pick a cheap card - they'll all work fine.
    David Chien, Sep 23, 2004
  8. Yes-its called the TV set.
    Tzortzakakis Dimitrios, Sep 24, 2004
  9. Serial # 19781010

    Kevin Miller Guest


    I don't have a TV set in the chain between my VCR and my computer...

    Kevin Miller

    "Either way, it is bad for Zathras."
    Kevin Miller, Sep 26, 2004
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    John Guest

    I have had the ATI All-in-Wonder Pro and ATI All-in-Wonder 9600/9700
    in my son's current and last system. I love them. His room would have
    been cluttered if he had both a computer and a TV. Through a switch
    box he can watch cable, VCR, N64, GameCube, PS2 or his XBox through
    his 19" monitor. I could have used a cheap video to VGA converter, but
    then he could not watch TV and browse the web at the same time for
    example. I always encourage multi-tasking of bad habbits.
    John, Oct 1, 2004
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