Questions about capture and making DVDs

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  1. Brian E

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    Hey gang,
    I just found out I'm getting a DVD burner (most likely the ?new Sony dual format drive) for a gift from my parents for Christmas. I have a few questions as there are a few things I'd like to accomplish with it if possible.
    First I'd like to be able to backup some of my VHS tapes to DVD-R. The second thing I'd like to be able to do is record TV to DVD-R's or RW's. On the fly would be nice (like a set top player), but if I had to capture to a HD and then record that would be ok.
    Now I assume what I would need in order to do this is get a capture/tuner card like this card. What else would I need? Would I need some sort of authoring software?
    My big question I guess is can this be done for say under $200 (not counting the drive or media of course)? At this point it would be an "experiment" and so I don't want to soak a ton into it.
    I have a 60GB (5400rpm) HD that is empty and could be used to store stuff before burning. Is that big enough?
    If I left anything out please let me know.
    Current system that will have the burner and stuff added to it;
    Athlon XP 2200+
    MSI K7T Turbo 2 MB
    Radeon 8500 64MB Video Card
    640MB SDRAM
    28.5GB 7200rpm HD
    30GB 7200rpm HD
    60GB 5400rpm HD
    Sound Blaster Live (original w/daughter card)
    IWILL ATA66 controller card
    Lite-On 16X DVD-ROM (region free)
    Lite-On 48X CDRW
    AOpen 40X CD-ROM
    Floppy
    Zip 100
    10/100 Nic
    I would be connecting to the TV or VCR using composite hookups (or would I run the cable from my cable box to the PC).
    Thanks in advance for any help.
     
  2. Brian E

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    Thanks for the info Buzz. So the capture card I mentioned or something like the Dazzle Digital Video 80 wouldn't be the way to go? What product specs would one need to look at? What resolution should these thing do? What kind of money are we talking? And you're probably right about the vcd resolution thing. Sorry, I can build and troubleshoot a computer all day, but when it comes to this I'm pretty ignorant.
     
  3. Cameron Seaman

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    A couple questions...

    What's generally a suitable resolution for capturing VHS?

    I've got an ATI AIW 7500 and the resolution choices for capturing an AVI file are different from the choices for capturing MPEG on the fly. Also, the resolutions under when capturing in MPEG are familiar ones while the AVI resolutions seem a little odd.

    Cameron
     
  4. Jeff Kleist

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    Yes, if something claims to do real-time MPEG-2 and doesn't ahve a pricetag in the neighborhood of $2000, stay far far away from it
     
  5. Brian E

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    So basically what I'm reading is that I'm just better off holding out for a set top recorder? I have Premier already, but I'm not looking to edit my own stuff together. Mainly I was thinking I could set up my computer to record some movies off of cable & stuff, but it sounds like a set top recorder would be cheaper for what I want.
     
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    Probably so. TiVO on high quality into a DVD-Recorder
     
  7. KrisK

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    Brian,

    Check out Pinnacle Studio. I've just done a project using the Sony DRU-500A DV->DVD. Did not play around with VHS. I've heard of people having problems with audio/video sync on analog inputs.

    There are some good deals going on Studio so maybe you can give it a try.

    = Kris
     
  8. Brian E

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    KrisK, do you know what kind of resolution the card with the AV version or the Deluxe version does? The site doesn't seem to say.
     
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    the problem with capturing at 352x240 is that you're using "good enough" on a crappy source. You need to do higher res, not lower for good results
     
  11. Brian E

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    If you want quality, nothing using USB is the answer
     
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