I have several home movies that I shot with my camcorder and I have all the footage on tapes. How do I go about transferring all this to DVD? I have Pinnacle but I dont know what to do next
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where and how do i find the threads
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I think you'll find that it's not a one-button, one-application process. At this point in the game the right hardware is tough to find -- mostly affordable, but not exactly cheap. You'd probably want to consider a pro transfer service, many of which are not as expensive as you'd think (digitalfaq has one such service), and most of which are big ripoffs if you don't know what to look for.
If you're looking for good quality archival results, most members here wouldn't recommend Pinnacle. But that's up to you. Take a look at some of the guides first, then decide.- My sister Ann's brother
I'm new at this too. I'll tell you what I know and you can base your researches on it. First you need a piece of hardware to capture video and audio (Canopus advc110 or advc 300, there is also a hauppauge usb live capture dongle. Then you need what's called a TBC (time base corrector) for doing analog tapes such as vhs. Here is a couple links for you to look at, hopefully this can clear up some of your questions and get you started on your search.
true, you don't need a tbc to capture home-made VHS. A capture setup will work without one. The type of tbc you really should have would be a line-level tbc, but you can capture without it. A frame-level type is optional (required if your tapes are copy protected). If you have poor tracking and old or aging tapes, you'll soon see why you should have at least a line tbc. There are several threads in this forum that discuss the issues and at digitalfaq as well.- My sister Ann's brother
Just to be clear, are you talking about a VHS or Digital 8 camcorder? (Digital video via Firewire is comparatively simple.)
Does the original camcorder still work?
Also, you might want to reconsider putting your transfers onto DVD; you may need to transfer it all again in a few years.
Depending on the number of tapes, a $60 terabyte HD or just a couple 16 Gb flash drives may be a more practical archival solution.
You might call the Engineering Depts at your local TV stations; those guys usually own a lot of obsolete videogear, or at least will know who in your area might do the work for you. It takes some skill and experience to do it right; it is best to have somebody else to yell at if it isn't up to snuff. hth!
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