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Wayne MarxOT - Consumer Software for copying VHS tapes & Cassettes
by on Feb 1, 2012 at 8:26:13 am

Hi,

A friend of mine has an old G4 with Tiger and wants to use it to tranfer all of his old VHS, cassette & Betamax tapes to DVD.

Can anyone recommend a reliable software package that can handle all those formats?

He's got one of those USB IO analogue/digital converters - would he need anything else?
Anything special?

Thanks in advance,

Wayne


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Shane RossRe: OT - Consumer Software for copying VHS tapes & Cassettes
by on Feb 1, 2012 at 8:56:09 am

[Wayne Marx] "Can anyone recommend a reliable software package that can handle all those formats?"

SOFTWARE? You need hardware. VHS deck, Betamax deck, whatever deck to play whatever tape format. And then, a DVD recorder. Connect the playback deck to the DVD recorder. Press play, press record. Done. No need for a computer in this.

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Wayne MarxRe: OT - Consumer Software for copying VHS tapes & Cassettes
by on Feb 1, 2012 at 9:25:47 am

Hi Shane,

Thanks for the prompt reply.

Yes, you're absolutely right - but he wants software so he can certain clips or check the levels coming in or whatever.

I believe there are lots of options for PC, but not sure about for Mac.

W


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Rafael AmadorRe: OT - Consumer Software for copying VHS tapes & Cassettes
by on Feb 1, 2012 at 1:29:28 pm

As Shane said, no need of any software.
You need to capture trough hardware.
You can capture to a DVD, as Shane wrote, or get a DV card (Canopus, 100US$) and capture the stuff as DV through FW.

[Wayne Marx] "Yes, you're absolutely right - but he wants software so he can certain clips or check the levels coming in or whatever."
To control levels, you will need something more sophisticated (and expensive) than the Canopus.
Something like an AJA or BlackMagic. That or a VHS/BETAMAX player with a built in Proc Amp, that I don't think they exist.
rafael

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Chris TompkinsRe: OT - Consumer Software for copying VHS tapes & Cassettes
by on Feb 1, 2012 at 2:38:10 pm

Straight to a set top DVD recorder would be the best. However, look up the old AJA iola. You can get em used, cheap. I have one if you want it.

Chris Tompkins
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Mark SuszkoRe: OT - Consumer Software for copying VHS tapes & Cassettes
by on Feb 1, 2012 at 4:20:12 pm

HE could capture as DV in imovie, using a converter like the ADVC-100, which you seems to be saying he already has. Capture to imovie, edit or modify sound levels, burn in iDVD or play out in real time to the DVD recorder everyone says is the better way to go.

I tend to agree that for this kind of thing, better and faster (on a budget) to get a sub-$100 tunerless DVD recorder deck and go machine-to-machine. Then, the individual DVD's could, if needed, be ripped in the computer using the free MPEG STREAMCLIP program, and from there, use imovie or quicktime pro to make some adjustments.

Roxio Toast is another alternative.


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