[linux-help] Re: archiving VHS on DVD
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A recent discussion of this subject was held on CNET.com on 8/13/2004
One of the items of concern was the lack of a fast enough computer with
a large _*fast hard drive.*_
Do not try to burn a dvd by direct means. Record VHS to hard drive and
burn the dvd from the hard drive. Hope this helps.
gLaNDix (Jesse Kaufman) wrote:
>anyone have experience archiving VHS tapes onto DVDs? i have a ton of old
>home movies from my mom (and soon my gf's mom) that she wants archived on
>DVD ... i have all the equipment (ATI AIW 9600 non-pro, Hauppage WinTV-Radio,
>DVD+/-RW, VCR :P) i need, but haven't been very satisfied with the results so
>(note: yes, i do realize the AIW capture capabilities don't work in linux .. i
>was initially using the software that came with the AIW in XP to try to
>capture, but ran into some problems, see below)
>i've been really pleased with (gasp) the windows software that came with my
>AIW for authoring DVDs (menus, titles, etc), but whenever i captured from the
>VCR, the picture was either choppy (from too many frames dropped when using
>higher res) or it was "blotchy" (when using the lower res) ... i figured,
>since my home theatre is run by linux, that i could probably get better
>captures in linux because of better performance, stability, etc, but i'm not
>completely sure where to begin capturing in linux ...
>at this point, i would like to capture the videos in linux, then take them
>into XP and use the software (can't recall the name) to put them all together
>on a DVD and burn ... i'd like to get the videos as close as possible to the
>original quality so they can be enjoyed at their current quality level before
>they deteriorate anymore!
>one of the biggest questions i have is what the optimum resolution would be
>for capturing ... obviously a dvd resolution will be higher than the original
>vhs, so i'm not sure which to capture at to prevent too much scaling or image
>quality loss when playing back on a set-top DVD player ...
>suggestions? tips? all are appreciated!
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