How to convert VHS tape to DVD using a digital camcorder?
A lot of people have VHS tapes filled with films and movies that were recorded with analog camcorders. The issue is that the tapes will deteriorate over time and movies might be lost to eternity. Hence, the desire and need to digitize your much-cherished memories are overwhelming. When one intends to digitize a movie there are many options to choose from. But, one should keep in mind the time and resources at his disposal before making a selection. One may go for making VCDs or DVDs which are played on DVD players.
One method to capture the video onto the computer is to use a PCI card. This card enables you to save the video from the computer and render it in any format you want. But, this method has its own limitations. Some of the problems that you might encounter if you use a capture card are; lack of an extra slot for a standard PCI card, lack of processing speed or incompatibility of the capture card.
An alternative method to capture an analog video is through a digital camcorder. This is the method we're going to discuss in some detail. This method is way better than the hassle of installing a PCI card and still not getting the desired output.
There is an alternative to the capture cards. You can use a Digital Camcorder to capture your analog video. Basically, there are two techniques that you might use:
You can directly play the analog tapes on a digital camcorder and get them on your personal computer via firewire
You can use the capture ability of your digital camcorder and transform it into an alternative digital video which is so easy to send to your own computer via firewire
The Benefits of Using your Digital Camcorder for Analog Capture
Those of us who regularly use digital camcorder must be aware of its benefits. They can convert any analog video to digital video AVI format. Those of us who have already done this can testify that this transformation is excellent in terms of quality. If you compare this method with any using PCI cards, you will come to the conclusion that there is daylight between the two methods and that digital camcorders are way ahead in giving you very good quality. Some people fall for capture cards because they cost less than camcorders but the fact of the matter is saving money is not worth the considerable loss in quality. And for some clients, quality of the output file means everything and they are willing to go one step further to assure that.
Most Digital Camcorders (but not all) have hardware converters that take analog video and convert them to DV AVI (digital video AVI). Most people will agree that the quality of this conversion is very good. My personal experience was that the DV Cam's analog-to-digital conversion ranged from being somewhat better to much better than the three capture cards that I tried. I was still hesitant to invest in the Digital Camcorder (since they cost more than most capture cards) but other peoples' experience posted on forums consistently supported the fact that they felt that the quality of capture via DV Cam was much better.
If you encounter any issue when capturing a video using a digital camcorder you can read the instruction manual and you can pinpoint the issue you're facing and rectify it using the given instructions.
It is necessary to know which model of camcorder you want to buy for your specific reasons. There are some camcorders that do not accept the analog input. So, if you have got old analog material that you need to extract you should choose "analog-to-digital passthrough" supporting camcorder.