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Converting VHS to DVD

3092 Views 10 Replies Latest reply: Sep 27, 2010 7:25 PM by stumbleone RSS
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I have a few family VHS tapes that I'd like to convert to DVD/CD, can this be done, and how? Thanks.

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  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,655 points)
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    Sep 27, 2010 1:33 PM (in response to oldfella)
    VHS is an Analogue format and you need to convert it to a digital signal that your Mac can work with. There are various gadgets that can do this, but most straightforward is to use the facility on your Digital Video Camera, if it has the feature.

    Once digitised you can import the material into iMovie or other video editor and then process it for iDVD to be burned as a DVD

    Regards

    TD
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  • DaddyPaycheck Level 6 Level 6 (16,035 points)
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    Sep 27, 2010 3:02 PM (in response to oldfella)
    In addition to TD's advice, if you don't plan on doing much editing you can get a VCR/DVD burner deck where you put the VHS tape in and a blank recordable DVD and it will do all of the work for you.
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    Sep 27, 2010 3:11 PM (in response to oldfella)
    A collection of clinking, clanking, clattering caliginous junk., Mac OS 8.6 or Earlier, PDP11
  • David Wood Calculating status...
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    Sep 27, 2010 3:39 PM (in response to oldfella)
    From one oldfella to another:

    Take a look at
    http://www.elgato.com/elgato/na/mainmenu/products/Video-Capture/product1.en.html

    An earlier, bigger generation of this gadget worked fine for me.
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  • GeekBoy.from.Illinois Level 4 Level 4 (2,730 points)
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    Sep 27, 2010 3:55 PM (in response to Terence Devlin)
    Terence Devlin wrote:
    VHS is an Analogue format and you need to convert it to a digital signal that your Mac can work with. There are various gadgets that can do this, but most straightforward is to use the facility on your Digital Video Camera, if it has the feature.


    I have a little experience with this, and would like to put in a word of warning. My wife teaches for a community college, and she has a set of VHS tapes that are in bad shape. The tapes are "out of print" so they can't be replaced. We tried the camera option to convert the VHS signal to DV for the computer, but alas, The VHS tapes also had Macrovision protection on them, so the Sony camera would turn off the DV output signal after 5-10 seconds. I ended-up purchasing a device from Pinnacle (which is no longer available) to convert Analog to digital or digital to Analog. It works great and also allows Analog to Analog or Digital to Digital if you so desire. The drawback I have is that it was pre consumer HD, so I only have S-Video, Composite Video, & Digital Video (Firewire) input/output as well as RCS Stereo or Digital (Firewire) Audio. The thing works great with both Mac & PC, but it doesn't do HD (and I didn't need that for the VHS tapes when I bought it years ago).
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  • Barney-15E Level 7 Level 7 (33,270 points)
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    Sep 27, 2010 4:02 PM (in response to oldfella)
    Interesting timing on your post. I read it, and not having any more to add I moved on. I then went over to TUAW and saw [this review|http://www.tuaw.com/2010/09/27/tuaw-review-igrabber-a-cheap-way-to-digit ize-old-videos>. If you've still got a working VCR to play the tapes, that device can help you capture it.
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  • Arch Riker Level 2 Level 2 (205 points)
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    Sep 27, 2010 6:39 PM (in response to oldfella)
    Do a search on the Macworld Magazine website, macworld.com, for "convert vhs to dvd" and you will find a number of articles on the subject.

    I've had good luck with an Elgato product.

    And good luck to you.

    Arch
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  • stumbleone Calculating status...
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    Sep 27, 2010 7:25 PM (in response to Arch Riker)
    I've used an Elgato EyeTV Hybrid, a year or two old, with a VCR, a decade or two old, to digitize and record VHS tapes, also ten years old. Works quite well. EyeTV produces an MPG file inside an EyeTV wrapper. Need to open that with the "Show Package Contents" command to extract the MPG.

    Then you can convert to QT .mov format with MPEG Streamclip which also works quite well.

    Tip: I've had some problems with video/audio sync. Checking the "Fix streams with data breaks" box in Streamclip preferences seems to take care of that handily. But other things are possible. Lots of threads on the topic. Took me a lot of hours to find the fix.
    iMac 27" i7, iMac 24" 2.16, MBP 2.2, G5 2GHz, TiBook 500,etc., iPhone, Mac OS X (10.6.4)

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