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How to convert video into ASF format?

How does one convert VHS video images into ASF format so that Windows Media Player can play them? I mean what hardware and software is required in order to do the above? This is for a school. We want to tape tutorials for our students and make them available via an intranet we have running on Windows NT 4.0 on our network. What are the costs involved and where can I obtain all the hardware and software necessary for the aforementioned?
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tamirpCommented:
you would need several components in order to accomplish that:
1. Video capture card that is able to recieve the Video input you have, you can look up microsoft HW competability list ( i recommend Intel)(http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/en/partners/hardware/default.asp).
2. install the windows media 4.0 ASF encoder (part of the windows media tools - free download from microsoft : http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/en/download/default.asp).

you use the encoder to create an ASF file from the raw VHS input.

in order to distribute your asf streams on the net you need to install a server as a windows media server (service on a windows NT 4.0 server), this server would serve the asf files to clients.
i recommend installing it with webserver to have the most flexible environment.

look at the overview WP by miocrosoft:
http://www.microsoft.com/TechNet/win2000/wmtbest.asp
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tamirpCommented:
Since you already have the costly hardware of Server and network the additions are preaty cheap.
Additional Cost:
1. video capture card - this should cost in the range of 100-1000$ - choose according to quality needed ( i recommend Intel).
2. Video camera - this should cost around 800$ again depending on quality this could go up to 2000$. the raw input can either be processed on-line (for instance distance learning) or off-line.
3. Video tape - neccessary if converting old VHS tapes to digital format. ~ 600$
4. if on-line you also need  alocal computer close to the video camera and connected to the network to process on-line the video input to ASF format, using windows media tools (ASF encoder - see comment i sent before).

yours,

Tamir
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