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VHS to DVD over 3 hours per tape?
VHS to DVD over 3 hours per tape?
by Olly Lawer on Oct 14, 2010 at 6:40:16 pm


I need to convert 14 VHS tapes to DVD for a client. They are over 3 hours on each tape.

Are there DVDs that will hold 4 hours of footage?

What is the cheapest, more time effective and best quality way of converting them?

Only have FCP (no VCR or DVD recorder - apart from on the Mac).

Kind regards,

Olly Lawer

Re: VHS to DVD over 3 hours per tape?
by Brad Elliott on Oct 14, 2010 at 7:27:27 pm

If someone put more than 2 hours on a VHS tape quality probably wasn't their biggest concern.

Putting more than 2 hours of video on a DVD-5 will only result in quality loss but you could get it on a dual-layer disc.

Some players are picky about how well they will consistently play DL DVD-+R media. Unless the computer drive is recent a lot of drives can have issues with DL media.

You could also author and build the DVD non-DL in DSP and have Toast compress it to fit on the DVD-5.

I would consider buying a DVD-R recorder. It will save you a ton of compression time and many potential headaches. Medium quality ones aren't that expensive.

Re: VHS to DVD over 3 hours per tape?
by Rich Rubasch on Oct 15, 2010 at 9:52:45 pm

Sony DVD has a 3-hour and even up to 6 hour record to a regular DVD. 3 hour encode actually looks pretty good and you don't have to tie up an edit bay.

Send the S-video signal from the VHS to the recorder and let 'er rip.

Rich Rubasch
Tilt Media Inc.
Video Production and Post