Need recommendation for very good capture hardware and software

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Fan, Sep 29, 2005.

  1. Fan

    Fan Guest


    I have a high end PC (3.GHz dual processor, 4GB RAM, 2x200GB SATA drives,
    Win XP Pro, 300GB external Maxtor USB/Firewire,etc), and am contemplating
    converting a number of old Hi-8 camcorder tapes to DVD.

    Can anyone recommend moderately high-end capture hardware and software that
    isn't too difficult to use?

    All I want to do is to dump these Hi-8 tapes to DVD with as little
    intervention as possible, and with as high of quality as possible.

    Fan, Sep 29, 2005
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  2. Fan

    Smarty Guest


    If you intend to do editing of the Hi-8 content, then using a PC makes a lot
    of sense. If you merely want DVD copies of the Hi-8 tapes, there are low
    cost DVD recorders which accept video directly from the camcorder or VCR and
    then make excellent DVDs with no fuss and the least amount of time. This
    method is particularly effective if you have a lot of tapes to convert.

    If you are interested in using a PC,I would recommend you use a direct MPEG2
    capture card which accepts video and audio input and makes DVD-compliant
    MPEG2 files which can be edited and then burned to disk. Many of us use
    Hauppauge PVR cards for this purpose with great success. They are extremely
    inexpensive (about $60) and work very well, making excellent video quality,
    certainly more than adequate for Hi-8 input.

    An excellent and low cost PC approach is a Hauppauge PVR-150 or PVR-250 card
    with software like TMPGE DVD Author to edit and then burn the video content
    to a DVD.


    Smarty, Sep 29, 2005
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    RS Guest

    If you have no need to edit the tapes, consider a DVD recorder. Just
    connect, press play, press record and thats it. Its probably the easiest
    way to just 'dump' tapes onto DVD.
    RS, Sep 29, 2005
  4. Fan

    Fan Guest

    Hi Smarty,

    Many thanks for your kind and thorough reply. I'll look into the Hauppauge

    Do you have any recommendations on a low cost DVD recorder should I decide
    to go that route?

    Thanks again!
    Fan, Sep 29, 2005
  5. Fan

    Fan Guest

    Any recommendations on brands, models?

    Fan, Sep 29, 2005
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    Smarty Guest

    I've owned and used Panasonic and Pioneer and my brother has a Sony, and all
    seem excellent. The Sony has better editing features internally, allowing
    some primitive removal of commercials, etc. For the ultimate bargain,
    however, it's hard to beat the Wal-Mart unit, which was under $100 the last
    time I reported here a few weeks ago to another similar post.

    Smarty, Sep 29, 2005
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    Smarty Guest

    Smarty, Sep 29, 2005
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