Is there a "Using PC/Capture card/DVD burner like a VCR For Dummies" site?

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Nanook of the North, Dec 22, 2003.

  1. I haven't bought a DVD player yet. Call me a Luddite if you will. I
    can get a cheap DVD player now, but my next thought was "Naah, I'll
    wait for the DVD recorders to come down in price."

    Then I clued in that DVD burners for the PC cost about 25% of the
    price of a 'standalone' DVD recorder.

    What I would like to do is 'replicate' the function of a standalone
    DVD recorder by getting a video capture card, appropriate software,
    and a DVD burner.

    I had this silly assumption that there might be web pages or some such
    with FAQ on what to get, what to look for, reviews of various
    cards/software/whatever, and so on. Haven't had any luck finding such
    a thing, though.

    So my questions are:

    1) What is the 'state of current opinion', as it were, on this kind of

    2) What equipment do you need: TV/video card, software, and DVD
    burner? Did I miss anything? What features in each of the above are
    essential/desirable/irrelevant for this application?

    3) Where can I find reviews of the above to help determine what to

    I live in Canada (Vancouver BC to be exact), so pointers to specific
    brands available in common Canadian retailers (e.g. Future Shop, for
    lack of a better example) would be especially helpful. I hope to have
    information that will help me for Friday, when the Boxing Day sales
    are on. $-)


    Nanook of the North, Dec 22, 2003
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  2. Nanook of the North

    Rudy Benner Guest

    From Canada, eh?

    Try here, eh? ..all your questions answered, eh?

    I am in Timmins Ontario, eh.

    Consider that you may want to send a file or program from your PC to your TV
    monitor, which is likely analog. So, how do you figure to do that? I can
    make a suggestion, but you will stab me when I mention the price. I will
    give you a hint (Canopus ADVC-100), eh?

    You say a DVD burner is 25% of a standalone DVD recorder? Where did you get
    that ridiculous number from?

    Don't eat yellow snow, eh?
    Rudy Benner, Dec 22, 2003
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  3. Thanks for the link, eh? %-)

    I was just thinking of going coax or composite out from the PC to the
    TV. It'll do for now.
    If I go to Future Shop today, I can get a standalone DVD recorder for
    $699.99 and up, and I can get a PC DVD burner for $179.95 and up (and
    I've seen them for as low as $150).
    Fer sure, eh?


    Nanook of the North, Dec 22, 2003
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