I am looking for some expert opinions about which solutions would be best for, 1) converting my old VCR tapes to digital, (for burning to DVD and torturing house guests by insisting they watch our dingy home movies about the kids, etc, ) :-} and. 2) a solution to accurately convert our vinyl record collection to digital as well. I've heard there are some apps that will even eliminate the "pops" and "cracks" heard on worn vinyl, and would be most interested in acquiring something like this- even at a reasonable premium.
In the past I've used an older "ConvertX" device for converting VCR tapes, that you would hook up between a VCR player and the computer. It came with some basic movie-making software, and did a decent job for the money. Unfortunately, it does not work on a 64 bit platform. I have Windows 7 64 bit on my laptop, and thought that maybe just the OS was the problem. But it still refuses to work, even using "XP Mode"- so my guess is that the problem is the 64 bit architecture.
I'm looking for recommendations for good quality solutions, not necessarily the cheapest. For the VCR converter, it doesn't matter if it doesn't come with any movie-making or editing software. I have other apps to do that later on, once the conversion is made. I just need something that will do a good and reliable job running on a 64 bit installation. Ditto for the vinyl-to-digital converter as well. If the vinyl record converter came with a turntable, that would be OK. I have an old turntable around still, but I really don't know what shape it is in, nor how to test it. I don't think I have any other components to go with it anyway.
Thanks in advance.