I have some vhs-c tapes that I would like to convert to digital format to include in a Vegas pro project. I just need help determining the best way to do this from the below options:
- Use a vhs-c adapter, and dub the tape to dvd using a combo vcr/dvd recorder.
- Use a vhs-c adapter in a vcr, and capture the video and audio on one of those low cost analogue capture cards (eg. Easy Cap card). Also, would there be much difference capturing s-video output vs composite?
If you have either piece of equipment already (capture card or VCR/DVD recorder combo) I think you would be happy enough using it. If you have both you could try a short clip using both methods and see what you think. I have used the recorder combo and, given the limitations of standard def, was quite happy, after I had edited it a fair bit mind.
And go with the s-video connector; more 'data' information.
Thanks for your help Phil. I don't have either piece of equipment as yet, but as a good capture card is cheaper than most old dvd recorder combo units, and is easily stored away, I will take that option.
Can Vegas pro 11 do the capture operation? Or will vegas have any issues recognising/editing the mpeg 2/4 file?
[Michael Denford]"Can Vegas pro 11 do the capture operation? Or will vegas have any issues recognising/editing the mpeg 2/4 file?"
You don't want to capture to MPEG if you are going to edit. You want something like a Canopus ADVC55 Analog / Digital Converter which captures to DV AVI directly from Vegas Pro. The Canopus requires a firewire port so make sure that your computer has one otherwise you won't be able to use it.
If you are just going to use some cheap USB to MPEG2 device because it's a one time thing I understand, but if you are concerned about quality then you need quality gear and DV will have 5x less compression than MPEG2 will which will give you more quality to work with while editing and rendering.
Thankyou for your advice here. I had a look at this device, and it is a really good piece of kit for this type of operation. But yeah, this will only be for a quick one-off operation for me. However, if the resulting quality from a USB to MPEG2 device is really bad to work with, I may end up buying one of these.
[Michael Denford]"However, if the resulting quality from a USB to MPEG2 device is really bad to work with, I may end up buying one of these."
It's really a case of "you get what you pay for". A $49 device is not going to be as good as a $99 which won't be as good as a $149 device. Just don't go too cheap and you should be fine. I would try and buy it from someplace that it is easy to return if you're not happy with the quality.