<newbie> Which of these is the best capture method?

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by stevefionabyrne, Jul 25, 2006.

  1. Hi,

    Sorry in advance for such a basic question, but I'm new to all this.
    Hopefully this topic is valid in this group (if not you might let me
    know where to post this).

    I have a load of old video cassettes I want to convert and put on to
    DVD.
    My computer isnt very powerful (P4-1300MHZ, 512RAM) so I was thinking
    that hardware encoding is the way to go.

    With a budget of around 100 euro, which of these would give me better
    capture :-

    1. Buy a cheap DVD recorder and record directly from video to DVD.
    2. I can get my hands on a Sound Blaster® Audigy 2 ZS Video Editor for
    100 euro.


    Any help would me much appreicated.
     
    stevefionabyrne, Jul 25, 2006
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  2. stevefionabyrne

    ushere Guest

    buy a cheap dvd recorder. simplest and most foolproof way to go

    leslie
     
    ushere, Jul 25, 2006
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  3. Thanks for the reply -

    Again, sorry about the basic question, but if I buy and use cheap DVD
    recorder will I be able to edit the recorded DVDs at a later date (on
    my PC)?
     
    stevefionawaterfall, Jul 25, 2006
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  4. stevefionawaterfall wrote ...
    Just keep the original VHS cassettes. That way you can
    capture/edit them however you like in the future when
    you have better equipment/skills, etc.
     
    Richard Crowley, Jul 25, 2006
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  5. stevefionabyrne

    RS Guest

    Yes, you will be able to do that. If your editing will be limted to
    simple cuts and maybe tossing in some titles, then it should be fairly
    easy and straightforward.
     
    RS, Jul 25, 2006
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  6. stevefionabyrne

    PTravel Guest

    Thanks for the reply -

    Again, sorry about the basic question, but if I buy and use cheap DVD
    recorder will I be able to edit the recorded DVDs at a later date (on
    my PC)?

    It depends on what you mean by edit.

    If you only want to do simple cuts, with minimal use of simple transitions
    and titles, then yes, you'll be able to edit.

    If you want to do more, e.g. transitions, corrections, titling, effects,
    etc., then, no, you will not be able to edit without considerable difficulty
    and loss of video quality.
     
    PTravel, Jul 25, 2006
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