VHS to DVD Conversion
Posted 09 October 2002 - 02:17 PM
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Posted 01 December 2002 - 05:55 AM
To burn the DVD on the iMac, you have to first get the movie into a digital form. That can be done by many Mini-DV cameras today. You plug the VCR into the analog input of the camera, and you plug the camera into the computer with a FireWire cable. Again, it's easy with an iMac. The camera will cost you about $500 today.
So with those two pieces of equipment --- a camera and an iMac --- you can do VHS-DVD transfer. This is the system that many professional videographers and moviemakers use these days; it is a WHOLE lot cheaper than the old methods involving film.
Since the format of the DVD depends on the software in the iMac, I would expect that future DVD formats could be supported by a change in the iMac software.
That is a lot to spend just for transfer. But the combination can do a whole lot more, as well: make home videos, read email, store your CD collection, word processing, etc.
Posted 01 December 2002 - 06:38 AM
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Posted 19 December 2002 - 04:41 PM
Also, I understand new eMacs start at about $1300, and I would think they had video inputs, making a third piece of hardware unnecessary. But a friend has recently bought a DVD recorder for $300, so it appears the time has about come.
Posted 08 January 2003 - 02:58 PM
"Bluetooth" is a standardized way of allowing devices to communicate (usually two way) via infra-red beams, so you don't need the various specialized cables, connectors, etc., and so speed and compatibility become much easier to deal with. There are already bluetooth compatible cell phones, printers, scanners, digital cameras, videocamera, etc. Bluetooth is not unique to the video / CD conversion process, but obviously makes it much easier to do ...
The format issue of the CD (if you're recording audio only) or DVD is critical to compatibility and also to economy. Basically, almost every CD/DVD player will play DVD-R, so that is the format you will be most successful with ... The others, DVD-RW, etc. -- proceed at your own risk. It may work with the equipment you have today, but there is no guarantee it will play on your friend's system or on the bigger, better system you buy in 3 years ...
Posted 21 January 2003 - 07:54 AM
I have a new Panasonic DVR-E30. In transferring tapes to discs I get a wide range of quality, from great to ho-hum. I'd like to know exactly what I'm recording: the actual tape itself or the quality of the recording my VCR provides?
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