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    Have lots of home videos, need to think about transferring them to another format (video RIP) :-(

    Have seen adverts for people who will do this but charges high for more that one tape. :w00t:

    Have heard that there is a gizmo you can buy to do it yourself. Bear in mind, only have basic computer DVD and video machine. Not very whizzy or techy beyond that :oops:

    Son has more whizzy computer...? job for summer
    hols :giggle: Anyone know if this is feasible.

    Might consider it if just one gizmo required.

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    Do you have digital camcorder with analog inputs (AV In)? or standalone DVD recorder?

    If not then you'll need video capture card. Its spec depends on:
    a) Your budget
    b) Connection type (internal/external)
    c) Encoding type (software/hardware)
    d) Computer speed and HDD space

    Original Poster

    No digital camcorder. Have a basic DVD player.

    Thinking of buying a DVD recorder with HDrive soon.

    b,c,d...don't understand sorry

    I did warn you!!

    If you are going to buy DVD recorder with HDD, then just do it This is by far easiest way to transfer your videos to DVD. Unless you want to shock your relatives by using words like 'DirectShow, codec, MPEG2, authoring, encoder, dropped frames and hardware conflict' This is in addition to typical commonly used 4-letter words (I mean 'Xvid' and 'Dvix' and not what you thought :p)

    Did I manage to scare you? :whistling:

    If you want to edit the film or add titles etc .then you need to do them on a pc if you just want them on dvd to watch no fancy frills then buy a dvd recorder.Iv'e done dozens of dvds of the kids from the last 24 years and its much better than video tapes.Buy good quality dvd blanks like Verbatim or you'll be redoing them in 2 or 3 years.And don't throw the tapes away i have vhs scotch pro tapes about 20 years old and the quality is still perfect.same with sony 8mm tapes.

    Original Poster

    :thinking: So if I buy a HD DVD, do I connect the video to it and then record directly to the DVD...no computer required? That sounds scary enough!!

    Probably don't want to edit or add any frills, videos are OK as they are.

    Now I know what I am talking about, I will put it to the comatose student, see if I can rouse him with some spondoolics :w00t: :w00t:

    Now, who has got a good deal on DVD with HD??

    I am sure you will hear from me on this again

    iglimpse

    :thinking: So if I buy a HD DVD, do I connect the video to it and then … :thinking: So if I buy a HD DVD, do I connect the video to it and then record directly to the DVD...no computer required? That sounds scary enough!!

    Er... not HD DVD but rather DVD recorder with (or without) HDD (Hard Disk Drive)
    As to the rest - you're right

    One thing to remember - not all DVD recorders can record from SCART. Most do, however, just check the spec before hitting that 'buy it now!' button
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