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Requirements for Analog to Digital (no editing
on Jan 5, 2004 at 2:55:49 am

I want to convert my Sony 8mm tapes and my VHS tapes to digital. I don't care about doing any editing. I just want to capture the video and burn it onto DVD or CD without any loss in quality.

At home, I have a Dell laptop (850 MHz Pentium III with 256 MB RAM, 32 GB Hard Drive (IDE), 100 MHz bus clock speed, USB 2.0 via a PCMCIA card (therefore, not 100% USB 2.0 speed) & an external CD burner (40X).

I also have access to a <less convenient> desktop PC at work -- Dell Pentium 4 2.0 GHz PC w/ a DVD burner.

If I don't want any loss in quality, what's the cheapest solution? Is the laptop fast enough to drectly capture the analog video and run the codec? What kind of card would I need for this (I assume this answer is the same for the fast Dell desktop PC?)? If it's not fast enough, an external Analog-to-digital device would be needed? Would my laptop be fast enough to capture the digital signal coming from it?

Should I just go w/ the Dell desktop PC at work? If so, what card/software?

Thanks,
Bill


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