Making my own DVDs from VHS

Discussion in 'Video Cameras' started by Chris Rogers, Jan 30, 2004.

  1. Chris Rogers

    Chris Rogers Guest

    Hi All,

    I am just starting out in the world of DVD making, having just been
    given a DVD writer as a Birthday present.

    I am trying to convert my VHS video collection onto DVDs to save on
    storage space.

    I got hold of a Pinnacle Linx USB video capture device on eBay which I
    am using to capture video. The problem I have is that the DVDs I'm
    making are of poor quality. The Linx only captures at 320x240 which I
    think may be the main problem, but I had some video files on my
    computer already which were in VCD format (352x288 IIRC) which made a
    far superior DVD than the Linx captures.

    Is there anything I can do to make them better without going down the
    route of buying a higher-res capture device?

    I am using a Ricoh DVD+RW drive with Imation DVD+R and Packard Bell
    DVD+RW media, using the Intervideo WinDVD software bundled with the
    drive. It makes now difference whether I use recorder to burn direct
    to +VR format DVDs or capture first then burn to a conventional DVD.

    I would be very grateful for any advice.

    Chris Rogers, Jan 30, 2004
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  2. Chris Rogers

    Mark A Guest

    That would certainly cure the problem, assuming your PC is also up to
    the task. You need all the horsepower you can get to capture at DVD
    quality, and a decent capture device such as made by Canopus, or the
    ADS A/V Pyro link (steer clear of ADS's USB devices), both of which will
    set you back a couple of hundred quid at least.


    Mark A, Jan 30, 2004
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    Tony Morgan Guest

    You fail to mention what camcorder you have. Many camcorders that have
    DV-in have an analogue video (A/V) in facility - Sony miniDV camcorders

    If you "qualify" then you can transfer to miniDV tape and handle in the
    usual way (to produce DVDs), or alternatively use Movie Factory which
    allows you to do it on the fly.

    I might add that the built-in (hardware) codec is of better quality than
    most PC software codecs, and much faster so you're less likely to get
    dropped frames.
    Tony Morgan
    "In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice,
    there is." - Yogi Berra
    Tony Morgan, Jan 30, 2004
  4. Chris Rogers

    Jerry. Guest

    It will be, you need to either have an analogue capture card or a way of
    converting your analogue source to DV and then capture via your IEEE1394
    port (this can either be via a camcorder that allows analogue > DV pass
    through or using something like a Canopus analogue > DV converter.
    Jerry., Jan 30, 2004
  5. I've had great success doing the following:

    Playing the VHS through my player (that has just had a head clean), this
    goes to the analog port on my Panasonic DS-60 (which can be selected as an
    input or an output). My DS-60 is then connected to my PCs firewire port. I
    just start up my favorite DV editing software, and capture the video on the
    fly. Full resolution, no dropped frames, beautiful audio, everything is

    I found it was less expensive to purchase a DV camera than it was to get a
    good capture card.

    Hope I haven't confused ya!

    Lance B Illson, Jan 31, 2004
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    Tony Morgan Guest

    Thanks for that. I (for one) wasn't sure if the DS-60 supported analogue
    Tony Morgan
    "In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice,
    there is." - Yogi Berra
    Tony Morgan, Jan 31, 2004
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