Old 31-10-2006   #1
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Transfer Camcorder tapes to DVD

What is the best software, (user friendly), to transfer from tapes to DVD's? Panasonic suggested Adobe Premier, but it is difficult to use and overkill. I can transfer tapes to my hard drive. It's the next step I need help with. Thanks.
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Old 01-11-2006   #2
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Re: Transfer Camcorder tapes to DVD

It is not easy to give an answer without more details.
The answer depends much on your setup.

e.g. is your camcordrer analogue or digital.

If analogue, the easiest way is to use a TV card with something like Power Producer Gold (cheap, simple but only limited editing capability - good for begineers). Even easier is to hook up a stand-alone dvd recorder.

2) If digital, you need to know how the files are transferred e.g. as mpeg files. There are a number of packages that will convert mpeg to DVD format (some are freeware).
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Re: Transfer Camcorder tapes to DVD

You can look at programs such as Ulead Movie Factor, or Ulead Video Studio, which are fairly inexpensive, and use wizards and guides to help you along. These are good entry level softwares

Next step above these is Adobe Premiere Elements (more user friendly less powerful version of adobe premiere), or Vegas Movie Studio which is in the same ballpark.

Then there are the multi-application, free softwares that can be found at www.videohelp.com. The above choices offer everything from pretty easy, to giving the user total control of options and choices, but which require a bit more of a learning curve.
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Re: Transfer Camcorder tapes to DVD

[QUOTE=Oilman;1591354]It is not easy to give an answer without more details.
The answer depends much on your setup.

e.g. is your camcordrer analogue or digital.

If analogue, the easiest way is to use a TV card with something like Power Producer Gold (cheap, simple but only limited editing capability - good for begineers). Even easier is to hook up a stand-alone dvd recorder.

QUOTE]

Dear Oilman, I got Panasonic RX18 camera of 2000 model with VHC cassette which can be played via adaptor in any VCR but I want to know is there any cable or softwre for this type of camcorder as it has got a small port connection which I could not understand what is it for? but I do understand it is used for some sort of interface, Itried to surf panasonic for details but could not succeed. I need help as I want to directly transfer the cassettes into my DVD any possible solutions?
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Re: Transfer Camcorder tapes to DVD

Hello,
Could anyone recommend a few DVD burning, (Analog 1997 JVC Camcorder) VHS-C to DVD, Video editing software Forums?
This is what I presently have on the computer. I'm wondering if I have to upgrade the DVD writer to a 22x Double-layer DVD+-/CD-RW or so, and if my present VGA card is acceptable. To burn either VSH-C camcorder tapes to DVD,or future Digital Camera burning capabilities.

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Re: Transfer Camcorder tapes to DVD

Continued from above post.....

I have an old 1997 JVC Analog Camcorder and about fifty VHS-C tapes I would like to copy, edit, burn, so my family can view these on their own CD or DVD disk players. I realize this would be all real time editing. I might even invest in another 500GB WD External HD, or one Terabyte (1000GB) because my present HD is half full, and I will need lots of video storage.
That’s Old technology, and I am thinking for the future, to get a onboard Hard Drive High Definition Video camera, so I wanted to know if I would have to purchase tow separate software items.
1) For backing up old VHS tapes to disks, and 2) To burn HD 1080i or 1080p HD to DVD to play on the HDTV display. (I don’t know if people are even using regular CD’s for this, or only DVD’S...and not all my friends even have a bluRay player, and certainly don’t have a Blu-Ray burner on my computer…yet)
I also have Nero Ultra7, which I burn audio mp3’s to cda/wav files, so I need to know if all I need is a video capture card to use with Nero, and forget about buying anything else except the HD Video editing software.
Since I already have the Nero7, I don’t want to buy anything that would conflict with the Nero, like maybe the ROXIO VHS to DVD. I was told by someone at Fry’s electronics, that I would first have to remove the Nero to install the Roxio. He also told me that Tape like Mini-DV is always better for editing that the new Hard Drive Video cameras.
I was also looking at the following software and wondered if anyone has used them:
MAGIX’s “Rescue Your Video”,
MAGIX Movie Edit Pro 14 plus..
(maybe for the HD editing, when I decide on a camera)
HONESTECH’s VHS to DVD v4.0,
Or PINNACLE STUDIO PLUS v.12 software.

As you may have guessed, I am totally confused on these issues. When I do burn the files, what format? MPEG2,.MOV, AVI?
I would like to be able to edit by fading in/out the snowy, bad areas of the old camcorder tapes and maybe even add mp3 music as background for the non-voice areas of the VHS. (not a biggie)
I’d hate to think that on the Mini-DV, this is better suited to easier edit tape than the newer built in hard drive cameras. To me, it’s like stepping back a few steps in technology than going forward, I just don’t know.
Thanks tons!
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Re: Transfer Camcorder tapes to DVD

To convert vhs to dvd, you need one of the following:
1. VHS to DVD converter (hardware)
2. VHS player + DVD recorder
3. Both of the above will require another device inbetween them, if any of your video's have macrovision protection (which will be almost any commercially made dvd).
4. You can purchase a canopus advc100 or an ADS Pyro AV/Link, and put that inbetween your VHS player and PC and copy your vhs tapes and copy from a bunch of other type devices as well, including video cameras. Pretty much all of these options will cost about the same. In addition, if you buy the Canopus or ADS device, you can get them with a good video software as well, which you will likely need anyway...

Good softwares for doing the editing are: Adobe Premiere Elements, Vegas Movide Studio, Pinnacle Studio 12, and Ulead Studio 11 plus..
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What is the best software, (user friendly), to transfer from tapes to DVD's? Panasonic suggested Adobe Premier, but it is difficult to use and overkill. I can transfer tapes to my hard drive. It's the next step I need help with. Thanks.
IMHO, it's much easier to do it without a PC with combo DVDR.
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