I have a large pile of VHS, VCD and DVD, that I want to archive.
I have a VHS player, and a Panasonic DVD recorder with HDD. This is what I am doing:
* play the VHS from the VHS player to the Panasonic DVD recorder DMR-EH59, which records to its HDD
* Since the DMR-EH59 does not allow direct access to the content of its HDD, I have to use its interface to burn DVD
On a Linux machine, rip the DVD, and re-encode to H.265 files The software will also rip srt subtitle files.
On a Linux machine, re-encode the .DAT files on the VCD to H.265 files
As you can see, VHS -> H.265 involves three conversions:
* VHS to DMR-EH59 internal representation
* DMR-EH59 internal representation to DVD
* DVD to H.265
So are there better ways to reduce the number of conversions? Each conversion will lose quality.