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copying audio aound from VCR to PC

What should I do to copy sound from VCR to PC?
Steps"how to"is appreciated.
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CallandorCommented:
Connect the audio output plugs (red and white rca) from the vcr to the line-input of your pc soundcard.  This will likely require a converter from rca to stereo 3.5mm jack (Radio Shack will have the part).  Install and run an audio capture program - CoolEdit, also known as Adobe Audition, is what I use, but there are plenty of others, like TotalRecorder.  Adjust the capture program's frequency filter and capture bitrate: for voice, 16k bitrate and 8Khz frequency is sufficient; for music you will need 44k bitrate and 20khz frequency.  Set it to start recording and hit the play button on the vcr.  When you are done, hit stop on both and save to the hard drive in the format you want.  I usually save as PCM wav and compress it later with LAME to mp3.
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zachvaldezAuthor Commented:
sound card ? where is the line in?
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CallandorCommented:
On most machines, they are color coded.  Blue is line-in, pink is microphone, and green is speaker/headphones.
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zachvaldezAuthor Commented:
isnt it the line-in is where the speaker cable goes?
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CallandorCommented:
That's the green plug: speaker/headphones.  You better post what equipment you have, if you're not certain what goes where.  Download and run Everest: http://www.lavalys.com/products/download.php?pid=1&lang=en&pageid=3

Your motherboard and soundcard are the important items.
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zachvaldezAuthor Commented:

      Device Description      Type
SiS 7018 Audio Accelerator      PCI

C-Media CMI8738/C3DX Audio Device PCI

i got 2 devices for sound. which onwe should I choose?
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CallandorCommented:
I think this one -> C-Media CMI8738/C3DX
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zachvaldezAuthor Commented:
I have the jack from radiooshack with white and red on one end and a plug in another one that goes to the PC.
how come that sound does not come out from my PC's speaker?
I used goldwave trial..
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zachvaldezAuthor Commented:
how would I test if line in is working
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CallandorCommented:
Sound coming into the line-in is for recording.  I don't know of any way to play while recording, and the only true way to test the line-in is to try recording something.
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zachvaldezAuthor Commented:
how to test if line-in is working or not? right now is not doing anything and not producing sound
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CallandorCommented:
Try a different recording program: Audacity http://audacity.sourceforge.net/

It has a graph to indicate whether your recording is working or not.
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zachvaldezAuthor Commented:
i figure this out . by this
from vcr, i hook it toa an aux on a "singing machine", then I connected the cable to teh mic outlet of the PC with tha audio out in the system.  Thanks
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CallandorCommented:
Very good thinking!  I'm glad you got it working.
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