Windows Movie Maker 5.1 (XP Pro SP2) Capture Video, Configure Video settings, fails at high resoluti

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Clive, Jun 10, 2005.

  1. Clive

    Clive Guest


    Using Windows Movie Maker 5.1 under XP Pro SP2 to try to transfer
    analog VHS to digital format on PC

    PC is AMD3000+ processor and 512MByte meory

    Input to PC from VHS

    SCART Adapter > Belkin USB F5U208 > USB input to PC

    Trying to set the Movie maker to create highest resolution images

    However, Movie Maker only allows the default screen size 320 x 240

    When I enter option in Movie Maker

    Capture Video > Video input source > Configure > Video Settings >OUtput

    the default value is 320 x 240

    If I select Output size 640 x 240 and select "High Quality" output

    a dialog box pops up indicating

    "The video device is currently in Use. Close any other application that
    is using the device and try again"

    Of course no other app is using the video

    If I fall back to Output size setting of 320 x 240, Movie maker will
    accept the stream, but the resulting video is too low resolution to
    watch at a decent image size.

    Any other solutions to analog VCR capture with such a set up?


    Clive, Jun 10, 2005
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  2. "Clive" wrote ...
    No. Your little Belkin gadget is limited to 320x240.
    If you want higher resolution, you will need a more
    conventional (full-frame) video capture device. It
    will likely use Firewire and not USB. USB1 is not
    fast enough for what you want to do (full-frame,
    full-speed video capture).
    Richard Crowley, Jun 10, 2005
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  3. Clive

    NerdRevenge Guest

    Not only that, but VHS resolution is only 200 x 480
    NerdRevenge, Jun 10, 2005
  4. Um, no. VHS has the regulation number of NTSC (or PAL)
    scan lines. Cheap VHS may have "200 lines of resolution",
    but don't confuse that with the number of scan lines. If VHS
    had only 200 scan lines, your TV would be looking for 525
    lines and be unable to produce a picture.
    Richard Crowley, Jun 11, 2005
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