After almost 10 years of yeoman service, I had to junk my old computer for a new HP Pavilion (HP 500-056) which has Windows 8. To capture VHS tapes I had been using a Dazzle 150 that came with a stripped down version of Pinnacle Studio. The Pinnacle software was lousy, but I had to use it for capturing and fortunately it was able to do that function. Once captured, I migrated the captured video file over to ArcSoft Showbiz to do the editing and burning. Maybe not the best products, but they served my needs. I'm sure the old device and Pinnacle software won't work on my new machine. In fact, I don't even have the ArcSoft Showbiz software any more because that was a freebie that was pre-installed on the old computer.
My question is: is there anything similar I can get for my new computer that will work with Windows 8? The specs for the newer Dazzles I've seen only go up to Windows 7. I found something called "Honest Technology VHS to DVD 7.0 Deluxe Software & Hardware" that's supposed to work under Windows 8. But it says it needs Windows Media Player, which also wasn't included on the new computer (at least the video part, that is). Does anybody know anything about this product? Does it really need Windows Media Player, or will any other DVD playing software suffice? I do have Cyberlink Power DVD on the new computer, which will play DVD's. It would be nice not to have to get another Dazzle and the lousy Pinnacle software that comes with it.
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numerous capture cards out there. depends on your budget and whether you an internal card or external device. personally, I think you should get a device that has a built-in encoder so that there's very little strain on your system while recording. A hardware encoder does boost up the cost of the device though.
I own a number of Hauppauge devices and they've all served me well for recording modern broadcasts, but they also record old VHS tapes as well. I have the WinTV-HVR-1600 and the WinTV-HVR-1800 as internal cards. I also have the HD PVR which is an external device that connects via USB 2.0 which can also record video tapes. The HD PVR comes with ArcSoft TotalMedia Extreme so if you're used to Showbiz, you'll feel at home.
Just so the OP knows, the WinTV-HVR-1600 and WinTV-HVR-1800 are internal devices. Hauppuge indicates they have Windows 8 support, but they appear to have been discontinued, as is the WinTV-HVR-1850.
The HD-PVR is an external USB 2.0 capture device which hardware encodes to H.264, however if the OP is capturing with the idea of making DVDs, it is not an ideal choice because its captures will need to be converted to MPEG-2. The WinTV-HVR-1950 is a better choice for DVD if the OP wants a a USB 2.0 external TV tuner/capture device that encodes via hardware since it can be set up to encode DVD compliant MPEG-2.
The HD-PVR records MPEG-2 in .TS which is very easy to work with.
HD PVR Specifications
H.264 AVCHD video encoder
AC-3 audio encoding
Recording datarate: from 1 to 13.5 Mbits/sec (user selectable)
up to 1080i from component video (YCrCb or YPrPb)
NTSC: 720p60, 1080i60, 480i60, 480p60
PAL: 720p50, 1080i50, 576p50, 576i50, 480p50, 480i50
Note: the video input format determines the recorded format. For example, 1080i input records at 1080i, 720P records at 720P, etc. Any other format conversions needs to be done with the MediaConvert program (supplied).
NTSC or PAL supported
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Yes, I believe I was thinking my 1600 and 1800 cards.
here is the mediainfo for my hauppauge 1600/1800 cards:
here is the mediainfo from my hd pvr:
some of the software I use...
I use the default recording software (arcsoft), recording in .TS. I don't use the MP4 option in the recorder since I like to edit video.
For editing, I use VideoRedo. allows me to make quick edits. the produced file takes seconds since it's only for trimming. no video encoding is done.
for major edits, I use Adobe Premiere. Since Premiere doesn't work with TS files (only if you use pay plugins), I use VLC to change the container so I can use the video in Premiere. again, seconds.
Something to keep in mind is that there are no decent free H.264 editors even for basic editing of the HD-PVR's H.264 .ts files and VideoReDo TV Suite H.264 which does work well costs $100. ...but there are a few decent free MPEG-2 editors for simple trims and cuts as well as quite a few good paid MPEG-2 editors for more extensive editing.
[Edit]I almost forgot that the OP asked about DVD player software. I use VLC and MPCHC for Windows 8. They work pretty well for DVD video, use their own internal codecs, and are free, although I don't know either is compatible with Honestech's software.
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