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Converting old VHS tapes to digital media

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I have some old VHS movies that I would like to convert to a digital format before they degrade.  I                    will have to use a VCR with a standard 75 Ohm coaxial cable as input and I only have a CD-RW to eventually write them to.   I have plenty of HD space as temporary storage.  

Can anyone tell me what is the best board and software to use for this purpose?

My system is Windows XP Pro running on a 950mHz Athlon TB on an Asus A7V MB and a Voodoo 3000 video card (if this makes any difference).

Thanks,

Darrell
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Finding a board that'll accept a regular old coax cable will be a challenge. You may have to find an RCA adapter instead. Once you have an adapter you can use just about any video capture card. Specifically ATI and Matrox cards which do their job well. Once youve got the videos capped to your HD you'll need to do some basic editing, which QuickTime Pro will do well enough. The biggest problem will come from writing the video to disc. Uncompressed video files will be HUGE but compression will cost you quality. So you need to decide whether it's better to chop the file up into 650MB chunks and write them to different CDs, OR degrade your quality and write it all to one disc. If you decide to compress QT Pro will come in handy again as it includes more compression schemes than you can shake a stick at. Sorenson Video 3 will give you a good quality to size ratio and so will MPEG-4, NOT MSMPEG-4 or DivX which may get you the same compression/quality ratio but aren't standards and will be a real pain to view in the future. You'll have to experiment with various settings to get your particular movie as close to filling your CD as possible in order to maintain the max possible quality.
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