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Video to DVD

I recently bought a gizmo to convert my vids to DVD, and received it at the weekend, but was at Summer School/Assessor Training, till late last night, so didn't have the chance to try anything out.

Today I have started on the epic project of putting all those dance vids from wayback. I'm starting with Tahia Carioca, chosen randomly. It seems like a very straightforward process, but very time consuming, because you have to play the video in real time, for it to record. Then you have to edit the clip, into a dvd style that you're happy with, and then you have to burn it. Which, since I don't have a superspeedy puter, takes ages.

But I fear the main time factor in converting all these videos is going to be the fun of watching them as I go along, since I'll have to decide how to chapter and label them.

But I'm not in any screaming hurry for this, and I'm just happy that I've done something concrete about saving all those videos before they corrupt and die on me. So it's still good. It gives me a slight pang about the great video loss all those years ago, but I think I've made up most of those losses one way or another, so it's only a slight one.



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Aug. 6th, 2012 06:08 pm (UTC)
Have been thinkibg of buying something similar. so what exactly did you get?
Aug. 6th, 2012 06:15 pm (UTC)
It's a device with a scart lead to plug into your video player (or camcorder) and a usb lead to plug into your computer. It came with capture software, so you connect the gizmo, load your video, load the software, and press Play on the video player, and Capture on the software. It's easy, but not a quick process!

It leaves you with the basic video file, which you can use to create your dvd, the capture software can do it, or you could do it in whatever other programme you want to use for creating and burning your dvd. Or you can load the file up to YT or whatever you want to do with it.
Aug. 6th, 2012 06:21 pm (UTC)
Oooh, interesting! I have so many videos I'd like to get onto dvd, particularly as video tape deteriorates with age. What brand/model did you buy?
Aug. 6th, 2012 06:27 pm (UTC)
This one:

It cost under £40 with postage. I didn't do a lot of research, I'm sure with a bit of effort I could have got the same thing for less, but I found their website helpful, they made it sound technologically manageable for me!

Given that I paid a fortune to have a couple of NTSC videos converted to dvd, I reckoned the forty quid would soon pay for itself.
Aug. 6th, 2012 06:42 pm (UTC)
Ta muchly! Seems like an excellent bargain to me. I can see what my winter project is going to be this year! :)
Aug. 6th, 2012 06:27 pm (UTC)
Gives me an idea.
Aug. 6th, 2012 06:28 pm (UTC)
Bring a video with you, and I'll show you how it works!
Aug. 6th, 2012 07:29 pm (UTC)
This is motivating! I have a dual VHS/DVD machine that will dub well enough, but it's always bugged me that I can't do any editing, chaptering etc. Maybe this is the solution to the problem.
Aug. 6th, 2012 09:18 pm (UTC)
Yes! I have a machine that does this and it is great. Also time consuming, but worth it.
Aug. 8th, 2012 08:57 pm (UTC)
Hey, lady -- which one do you have?
Aug. 10th, 2012 12:40 am (UTC)
This one:

It was gifted to me--my dad bought it and never used it and I took it off his hands. It works well for me!
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