Record Video Tape contents to CD

Hi,

I have a Video Tape and I need the contents burn into a CD.  Anybody can
tell me what are the necessary hardware
and software I need to install in my PC? and how the connection looks like?

thank you.

laysee
layseeAsked:
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prositCommented:
There's (at least) two way to achieve this.

1. The cool way.  Buy DV Studio and you can make cool changes to the footage you have, cut it up and insert nice features between clips.

2. Just buy a cheap grabber card like voodoo and simply grab it all.

For solution one you will need a fairly powerfull machine, but even more a lot of memory.  256 is not too much.   I tried it with 100mb ram and that took a loong time to render 30 minutes to CD.  (days)  Also you need harddrive space.  8 minutes is about 2gb of space.


Solution 2 is pretty much a no-brainer but doesn't allow you to do anything but make an MPeg out of it.  If you have a burner (who doesn't) and Easy CD Creater 4 you can make a videocd with that, which is playable in most midprized and up DVD players. (must have two heads)

The DV studio solution is from about $200 and up.  I suggest the DV300 because it has a SCSI controller build in.  The price for that one is about $500.  Check pricewatch.com for up to the minute pricing.

Johnny
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boom23Commented:
Hardware - Capture card, 1RCA-2RCA cable or s-video cable

Software - VirtualDub(capturing software), Indeo codec or mpeg codec, AVI-MPEG converter.

note: if your capture card has s-video cable then i recommend you to go with it since it captures both sound and picture.  Make sure that your that your TV or VCR has this s-video output, if not then you would need a soundcard with input port so you can capture the sound.  Use 1RCA-2RCA cable if s-video is not possible.

Here's the link to VirtualDub http://www.geocities.com/virtualdub/index.html
Make sure you read all the FAQ on the page.
Indeo codec ftp://download.intel.com/ial/indeo/video/iv5setup.exe
mpeg codec http://www.microsoft.com/windowsmedia .. download windowsmedia tools. Use indeo codec as your AVI compressor, I've tried several codecs and Indeo provides the best quality pictures. 1 hour and 30 mins movie would take about 1.4gigs of hard drive (AVI format). This is too big so you want to convert that into mpeg format by using Dvmpeg http://www.darvision.com/, once you got your mpeg file you can burn it into 1 cd. If you want to make VCD then you'll have to use ez-cd creator 4 as mentioned above. It's not that complicated as it looks, once you have all the gears, you should be sweet. good luck!!
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prositCommented:
Boom23:
"1 hour and 30 mins movie would take about 1.4gigs of hard drive (AVI format)."

That's gotta be a pretty bad quality.  When I've done capturing to harddisk it's been pretty big, but also in broadcast quality.

What resulotion and framerate is that?

J
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boom23Commented:
352x240. 24-bit at 25fps Indeo 5.  In case you don't know this, Indeo 5 have this hidden option which I believe gives you the best compression and quality.  I just captured the matrix lastnite and the quality was perfect, cound't complain.   8 mins for about 2gigs, I believe that you are referring to Uncompressed RGB? at 32-bit? I've just tired incresing the resolution to 400x288, 24-bit and still I get the same disk space but better quality. Perhaps you could give Indeo 5 a try.  You will want to tick the quick compress box in the Indeo configuration.
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prositCommented:
Hehe, I'm talking NTSC broadcast format for tv-production. It's MPEG format but it's 756x480 or something like that.  And yes it's almost uncompressed, because compression removes colour.  

352x240 doesn't go for production!

T
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boom23Commented:
Well that makes the difference.. I'd say the loss of colours is barely noticeable.  I don't think laysee is into tv-production in this case. :) hehe
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prositCommented:
Depends...  But absolutely, I don't loose any quality, because my input and output is digital.  But of course a whole movie is about 40-50GB.

I still recommend the DV Studio with Adobe Premier, it's a great tool and it works effortlessly.  If you are going with Premiere, then let me recommend a great book by Adobe called "Classroom in a book".  It takes you through everything and is only about $20 at "book's a million".

T
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boom23Commented:
Gee going with your method would cost hell a lot.  And with 40-50GB, how would you fit that into CD or CD's?  Capturing with Indeo compressor through s-video port is the best option I reckon. I don't see any difference between my captured movie and the original movie.  I think laysee is annoying at us.. LOL.
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prositCommented:
That's just for capturing.  I compress it afterwards, and that should be done in Mpeg.  AVI is not a good format for that, and as I said you can compress a 2 hour movie into about 2 CD's in VCD format being nice and viewable.

J
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boom23Commented:
From 40-50GB?  Wouldn't the mpeg format still be big? It would be ok if laysee has very big HDD's but i doubt it.
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prositCommented:
Well, that'll give the best quality.  You can keep surround sound if you want, and even let it be Widescreen format.  AVI is a poor format.  

It all depends if (s)he's going with something that has to be seen on a tv screen or on a computer monitor.  If it's to be seen on a tv screen it doesn't have to be as good a quality cause the resoluion is a lot less on a tv screen than a monitor.

t
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boom23Commented:
I'll be real pissed if laysee uses my method instead of yours, coz obviously you got the points.. LOL
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