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    analog video capture

    Is there anyway to capture video from a VCR to my computer (so I can burn to DVD) without using a "Dazzle" device? I want to transfer the video to my hard drive, edit it, and then burn to dvd. I have a firewire connection for my digital camcorder, but I have some VHS tapes that I want to transfer, also.

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    Re: analog video capture

    Hi Kathy,

    May I assume that you have checked out your digital camcorder to see if it has an analog to digital converter? When I bought my Sony Digital8 camcorder I found out too late that that particular model did not have the converter and so I ended up buying Pinnacle Systems MovieBox DV so I could transfer VHS tapes to the PC. I could have bought another Sony Digital8 camcorder, one model better, that had a converter and I would not have had to acquire the Pinnacle Systems unit.

    If your camcorder does not have the converter then I suspect you will have to go with a third party add-on.

    Cheers, Bob
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    Re: analog video capture

    Thanks, Bob. It does have the converter, but would it be better to record directly to the Digital 8 tape (I have a Sony TRV-520) and then use the firewire connection to connect to the pc (as I would to transfer any digital tape). Also, will my Videowave 4 software capture the video OK? I guess I could also use Windows Movie Maker. Would it be better to use an S Video cable to connect the VCR to the digital camera or will the supplied AV cable be OK?

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    Re: analog video capture

    Hi Kathy,

    Went searching on the Internet for your TRV520 User Manual and found it here. According to the manual, you would be better off using the S Video connection to transfer the VHS data from the VCR to your camcorder Digital8 tape. Then you can transfer the video to your PC via the firewire connection, which is probably the AV cable (iLink?) that you mention.

    Regarding your software... I have no experience with Videowave 4, but a fast scan on the web would indicate that you should be able to use it successfully. I use the software that came with my Pinnacle Systems MovieBox DV hardware. I haven't tried Windows Movie Maker, yet... and there are some MS updates to WMM on the MS site.

    Cheers, Bob

    P.S. I'm still a novice in trying to transfer VHS data within my environment so don't expect too many knowledgeable answers from me!!! <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>
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    Re: analog video capture

    I I-link cable is a firewire cable that connects the camcorder to the PC. It seemed to work well transferring the digital tape to the pc, then I will burn to a DVD. The A/V cable that came with the camcorder is the 3-color connector variety. You can use the video and audio cables, or you can just use the audio with the S-video cable for the video. I will try transferring the VHS tape to digital tape using that cable first, and if the quality is poor, I will purchase as S video cable. Once on the digital tape, I can then use the firewire cable to save to pc. Thanks again for all of your help. And no one could be more of a rookie at this than me! <img src=/S/confused3.gif border=0 alt=confused3 width=45 height=45>

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