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    transferring from vhs to my pc?? help!

    I have spent the last two hours scouring the internet for an easy to follow guide on how to transfer what I have on a VHS tape to my PC and I have found zilch!

    Hopefully someone here can help me. Let me list what I have first

    - 1.7ghz P4 80gbs HP desktop w/ CDR and DVD, Windows XP

    - I replaced the video card it came with because I needed one that has an S-Video input. I bought a Radeon 7500.

    - one VCR with VHS tape and an S-Video cable

    I want to import what is on the VHS tape onto my PC hard drive. I then want to edit that footage. The final cut I want to put onto DVD and create a streaming file for my website.

    I downloaded RealNetwork's Helix Producer Basic 9 to create the streaming file once I have the final cut on my computer. I bought a program that will let me burn a DVD without having a DVD burner.

    It's getting the darn footage captured onto my computer in the first place that has me tearing my hair out.

    Help!..... please

    Phil

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    Check out http://www.vcdhelp.com . They have many useful tutorials. If you still need help, you can contact me on icq. I'll do my best to help out.

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    thanks for the feedback. Actually that site was the only one I found that came to close to helping me but I got lost in the lingo.

    I went here:

    http://www.vcdhelp.com/mjpeg.htm

    I downloaded VirtualDub but in the instructions on that page it says....

    "To capture from linein,composite or svhs change the source in Virtualdub under Video->Source."

    In VirtualDub there is no 'Source' sub category under 'Video'. So I can't tell it to look for the VCR I hooked up to the S-Video jack in the video card.

    I also downloaded Huffyuv codec as it says that is one of the 'requirements'. Afterdownloading it and opening it I'm not sure what else I'm supposed to do with it.

    I'm wondering if the S-Video jack in the Radeon 7500 card I got is for video going out instead of video going in.....

    I don't have ICQ so I just had to reply to your post.

    Thanks again.

    Still lost......

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    In VirtualDub you need to be in capture mode before you select which device to capture from. To do so, under file select Capture Avi... then do the Video > Source.

    As for whether the cable is in the right jack, I couldn't say. I own the ATI RADEON AIW base and the connectors are completely different. Check in the manual, it has pictures with everything labeled.

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    Re: transferring from vhs to my pc?? help!

    Originally posted by ubtheboss
    I bought a program that will let me burn a DVD without having a DVD burner.
    ... you realize that is physically impossible, right? Software cannot allow hardware to suddenly generate writing mechanisms.

    Perhaps you mean VCD's, which can be played in DVD players? (Which you can write with a normal CD-R drive)

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    VirtualDub won't let me go into capture mode. When I select 'capture avi' from the File menu it can't find the drivers it needs from my source. How does a VCR have drivers?

    The manual says the port I am connected to is S-Video Output. Is that the problem? I'm trying to go in through the out door? The only other ports the card has is for digital and regular monitor outputs.

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    Then you can't capture. You must have bought the regular version, not the all-in-wonder. You can buy a TV-Wonder VE for about 70 bucks canadian, 50 american. Or if you just bought it, return it and buy the all-in-wonder.

    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...&s=electronics

    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/AS...478706-1323206

    But I wouldn't really suggest buying an ATI, because they have the worst driver support of any video company. Try looking at some alternatives.

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    Originally posted by x_goose_x
    But I wouldn't really suggest buying an ATI, because they have the worst driver support of any video company. Try looking at some alternatives.
    Maybe in the past, but they are quite good right now. And you're not going to get a better tv tuner anywhere else...

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    Originally posted by jkd


    Maybe in the past, but they are quite good right now. And you're not going to get a better tv tuner anywhere else...
    ATI Rage 128 drivers... rock solid. Radeon drivers.... stink. Hardware DVD Playback support outside of WinXP and Win9x is non-existant. It claims to but it works sometimes and it crashes and has other bugs. I have so many problems with the Radeon drivers. I hate my Radeon VE (Like a 7000 but with DVI) with the fury of 5,000 suns.

    I own a ATI Rage 128 AIW, and I love it. And I've done what you want to do, put VHS tapes on your computer. You can use the ATI Digital VCR that comes with the AIW.

    However the physical hardware for the Radeons is well built and it would be a great gfx card but the drivers are flaky.

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    My old rage 128 32MB is the worst card I've ever seen. It takes literally hours to get it working with win98, because for some reason the drivers decide not to work, then I need to try different variants of the drivers and sooner or later one will work, but not usually the same one. With my Radeon 32MB, also garbarge, I have to use software rendering with 95% of games, because no other rendering ever works. The only reason I ever bought an ATI card is because they're dirt cheap, Price but soon learned quality too.

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    this is interesting. Maybe one of you posters should start a new thread and invite people to tell us what video capture card they like the most. Right now I'm confused....

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    You need a new card, whether it be a stand alone capture card or a video card with a line in. I'd try to return the one you just bought and get one with a capture card built in.

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    Originally posted by oracleguy


    ATI Rage 128 drivers... rock solid. Radeon drivers.... stink. Hardware DVD Playback support outside of WinXP and Win9x is non-existant. It claims to but it works sometimes and it crashes and has other bugs. I have so many problems with the Radeon drivers. I hate my Radeon VE (Like a 7000 but with DVI) with the fury of 5,000 suns.

    I own a ATI Rage 128 AIW, and I love it. And I've done what you want to do, put VHS tapes on your computer. You can use the ATI Digital VCR that comes with the AIW.

    However the physical hardware for the Radeons is well built and it would be a great gfx card but the drivers are flaky.
    They 9700 drivers have been very stable, only a few prolbems in 1942 and some other games, but the new drivers have been very stable...

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    Originally posted by x_goose_x
    My old rage 128 32MB is the worst card I've ever seen. It takes literally hours to get it working with win98, because for some reason the drivers decide not to work, then I need to try different variants of the drivers and sooner or later one will work, but not usually the same one. With my Radeon 32MB, also garbarge, I have to use software rendering with 95% of games, because no other rendering ever works. The only reason I ever bought an ATI card is because they're dirt cheap, Price but soon learned quality too.
    Which model was your rage 128? I had/have 2 Xpert 2000 32MB cards and they work great.

    I don't have the redering problem you have but my Radeon recently has been causing games to crash. I've had some video errors with America's Army too. I'd replace it but I don't play very many games except for LAN Parties so it isn't a very high priority at the moment. I'd like to get a new GF4 Ti 4200 128MB when i do.

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    I have the Xpert 2k too.

    I'd like to get a new GF4 Ti 4200 128MB when i do.

    Don't we all.

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