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RE: VHS to DVD
At the recommendation of a C/Net blogger, I bought the Elgato Video Capture device (about $80 at a well-known web sales site). After installing the software that came with the device, I plugged the device's video connections into the outputs from my VCR (and later from my 8mm camcorder) and the USB connection into my PC (I have a new laptop with a 750 GB HD, so it was just right for this project).
I started the program, started the video tape playing in the VCR and clicked the Record button in the program. The video was captured to the hard drive in real time. When the tape ended, I stopped the recorder, gave the file a name, and started over with another tape. Most of my tapes are 2 hours long, so I would start recording and do something else for a couple of hours.
I have not yet burned the video files to DVDs, but I do have all the videos (about 40 hours) backed up on an external hard drive. Producing video DVDs should not be a problem. Programs such as Roxio are reported to be good for burning DVDs.
One of the VHS tapes was about 27 years old and dated back to my daughter's first weeks of life. Others were more than 20 years old and contained events of her early years. I knew I didn't have much time to capture the video from the VHS tapes.
If you have a reasonably current PC and the necessary hard drive space, I believe this is the best way to go, especially if you make a back up to another hard drive along with the DVDs. The files on the hard drive can be edited if you want to select sections of the video to compile into another video.
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