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    TV card - analogue (+digital)

    Looking for a way to convert some VCR tapes to DVD.
    For this I believe I would need an analogue TV card?
    Thinking maybe an external one so I can use it on different computers if I need to.

    Depending on the price, would quite like to have digital TV available as well.

    Not too sure about the best way to go here so any help would be appreciated.
    (+ the cheaper the better!)
    Thanks,
    Phil.

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    Original Poster

    No suggestions?!
    .......maybe i'll have a look on ebay.......

    pcnextday.co.uk/pro…116

    Not sure if this allows you to convert your VCRs to DVDs...suggest you check the manufacturers website.

    Original Poster

    Cheers, will take a look

    Phil,

    It would help if you specify your price range, connection preferences, capture preferences (MPEG2, MJPEG, MPEG4, etc). Maybe your preferred make (Pinnacle/Dazzle, ADS, Hauppauge, K-World, etc)...

    Original Poster

    thanks,
    Price range would be as cheap as possible, maybe up to £40?
    Not too sure on the rest, dont know much about this sort of thing so i dont know about brands or 'capture preferences'.
    Want any dvd's i make to be playable on a standard DVD player

    Thanks a lot

    Have you considered buying a cheapish dvd recorder. It would likely simplify the procedure of transferring from VHS to DVD.

    I would expect that would be a bit more expensive but may be worth considering.

    I think you can get dvd recorders in some Supermarkets nowadays for around £70.

    So far I found only one card which is more or less suitable for your needs:
    1. External
    2. DVB-T (Freeview)
    3. Analog TV
    4. Analog inputs for VCR connections.

    The only drawback is price - the cheapest I've found is at Microdirect for a bit less than 60 quid.

    Here is a bit more info about Pinnacle PCTV Hybrid USB stick.

    If you're gong to be transferring original VHS tapes, you might run into problems with macrovision. When I transferred all my VHS tapes to a DVD recorder I bought a special SCART lead with macrovision stripping electronics build in. It cost in the order of £20 from ebay, and has performed faultlessly

    Original Poster

    [SIZE=2]Thanks for the suggestions, taking a closer look now.[/SIZE]

    [SIZE=2]

    So far I found only one card which is more or less suitable for your … So far I found only one card which is more or less suitable for your needs:1. External2. DVB-T (Freeview)3. Analog TV4. Analog inputs for VCR connections

    [/SIZE]
    [SIZE=2][/SIZE]
    [SIZE=2]Would i need the analog inputs for vcr?[/SIZE]
    [SIZE=2]I would have thought that you would be able to plug in the vcr rf cable instead of the analogue aerial cable and just tune in the signal? Not sure though.[/SIZE]
    [SIZE=2]Thanks again.[/SIZE]

    Yes and no. You should be able to copy tapes via RF but but quality would be worse than even composite signal. And if your VCR can output S-Video then picture will be even better.

    But if you don't need analog tuner then you should be able to find DVB-T-only device with analog signal inputs.

    i have the twinhan freeview TER D+A card from pc nextday (liverpool based)
    And its great!
    WOrks a treat for everything (and MCE compatable).
    The pic quality is great and setup is easy (for once)
    ALlows most inputs and a VCR WILL work with this as i have tried before.
    Although converting VCR's is a very long process and takes up quite abit of memory at times.
    £30 inc vat!
    ]http//ww…015
    Adam.

    Original Poster

    But if you don't need analog tuner then you should be able to find … But if you don't need analog tuner then you should be able to find DVB-T-only device with analog signal inputs.



    That sounds like the best idea to me!


    i have the twinhan freeview TER D+A card from pc nextday (liverpool … i have the twinhan freeview TER D+A card from pc nextday (liverpool based)And its great!WOrks a treat for everything (and MCE compatable).The pic quality is great and setup is easy (for once)ALlows most inputs and a VCR WILL work with this as i have tried before.Although converting VCR's is a very long process and takes up quite abit of memory at times.£30 inc vat!]http://www.pcnextday.co.uk/products/...Code=1513-2015Adam.



    That looked perfect until i saw it was internal. Would prefer an external one if theres one out there

    Looks like I was wrong - can't find any external non-hybrid DVB-T card with analog inputs.

    ]http//ww…166

    This one fits the bill but at a price..3% quidco cashback.

    Strange, can't access Savastore... Is this just my connection or something happened to them?

    Kommunist

    Strange, can't access Savastore... Is this just my connection or … Strange, can't access Savastore... Is this just my connection or something happened to them?



    Just tested the link I provided and it is working Kommunist.
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