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                   I am endeavouring to convert some favourite old VHS tapes to DVD. I have been using Roxio EasyMedia Creator 7 and have been able to complete several projects. The issue I have with this program is that it seems very large and not very friendly when working on longer tapes. It will only allow approx 1 hr of download from my vid-player and then after I have sorted the project and am ready to burn to disc it uses a format that allows about 60 minutes per disc (single layer discs) but no compression for longer/ larger files. I have been able to copy full length movies from dual layer discs using DVD Shrink but because of the format used by Roxio this does not seem possible.

I have a copy of Premiere Elements 2 but have not used it yet (seems a bit complex!).

Can somebody suggest a simple to use program that will allow me to capture the signal from my vid player and convert it to a format that will allow me to edit/burn it to dvd disc? (I have been converting LP records to CD for years using Cooledit2000 and I find that easy to use. There should be a video version of that.)

C ya

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Hi wizardofoz,

The following link not only details the software you require, but also the steps and processes involved in converting from VHS to DVD

http://www.download.com/1200-2046-965095.html

Hope this helps!
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< (I have been converting LP records to CD for years using Cooledit2000 and I find that easy to use. There should be a video version of that.)

Cooledit2000 now forms part of Adobe and is called "Adobe audition" and the Adobe editing tool is "Premiere Elements".


Look at the link and choose the one wich fits your needs.

http://video-editing-software-review.toptenreviews.com/?ttreng=1&ttrkey=video-editor
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The large size is probably because your capturing them to mpeg2 and can grow up to 14 gig.
If you buy a video capture card and use Winfast to captue it it also captures and burns to dvd in one shot.
You need to consider that a standard dvd is around 75 mins without using some kind of compression.

I use a  Leadek video capture card connected to my vcr
this came with a program called winfast.
WinFast TV2000 XP Expert

WinFast TV2000 XP Expert is your best personal digital video recorder with video editing & authoring. It is the smartest and most effective way of turning your PC into a high definition TV and FM entertainment center.
It allows broadcast TV viewing, stereo FM radio, live video display and video communication on a PC with the finest quality and optimal performance.
The price range for this card is anywhere from 50 dollars to 150 dolrars depending where you look.
But you can hook it up to cable tv as well.

http://www.leadtek.com/multimedia/winfast_tv2000xp_expert_1.html
http://www.leadtek.com/multimedia.html

If your capturing a vcr 3 hour 4 hour tapes in one go  you will have to stop at intervals.
 A one-hour video is captured and compressed to MPEG-2 in one hour, but you are generally limited to doing "cuts-only" editing of the MPEG-2 files. However, if your original tape doesn't need editing this is a fast way to convert VHS to DVD
Capture the VHS video to a computer video editing program using an analog-to-DV converter (which includes many DV/Digital8 camcorders as well as standalone analog-to-DV converters), encode it to MPEG-2 and author a DVD
http://www.signvideo.com/conv-v-to-d.htm

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If you want to tranfer you old VHS to DVD the easy way...
i suggest you to try 'Dazle DVD Recorder' this pakage come with everything,
special software to compress hours of video to make fit in a single layer blank dvd.
add text, custom menus, and much more, for only $49.99
all you have to do is buy it, plug it in, start you VCR and start recording in your PC.
this is a product in part of pinnacle studio, here is a pic of 'Dazle DVD Recorder'
http://www.pinnaclesys.com/presskits/Dazzle/Dazzle%20DVD%20Recorder%20Screen.bmp

Good luck
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Ok software has NOTHING to do with quality when it comes to converting from VHS to DVD. That is entirely a job for hardware. What hardware is the best? Well, you don't have to get the most expensive thing out there because VHS is not very good quality to begin with. You can use anything external computer hardware made by pinnacle or buy those panasonic VHS/DVD player/recorder that will record from VHS directly to a blank DVD for you. If you are absolutely all  about quality and insist that you will notice the difference in every pixel, then go buy canopus equipment. The ADVC 100 will do just fine for what you need.
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Another note, if you want to do simple video editing. Window's included movie maker is free and will work fine. If you want a little bit more features but still easy to use, I suggest Pinnacle Studio 10.
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