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Old 11-23-2010, 11:07 PM
 
Location: Nicholson, Pa
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Hello Ladies and Gents!!!


My fiance lost her mother when she was young and has only a few home recordings of her to remember her by. For Christmas I would love to surprise her and have them put on DVD for her. Does anyone know a good company that could do this without destroying the originals.. We would like the originals back as well.

Thank you all for your suggestions
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Old 11-23-2010, 11:32 PM
 
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I do this but wouldn't have time for it, besides I'm sticking to the really hard stuff no one lese can do because 99.9% of the people advertising this service can't do what I can and it's worth $$$. I also have thousands invested in analog equipment they don't.

Most of these shops simply use cheap off the shelve VHS players and DVD recorders, if you were going to do a lot of them you might as well just go buy the DVD recorder yourself.

I can suggest a much better method. If you own a camcorder or have intentions of buying one in the future check to see if it has what is commonly called analog "pass through"*. This is by far the best method to convert VHS to digital available to the consumer and it won't cost you a penny if you already have it. If it has this feature you can hook a VHS deck to the analog inputs(white,yellow,red RCA jacks) on the camcorder. The camcorder will convert the VHS input to digital and you'll be ale to stream it right to the hard drive on your computer and/or record to digital tape/HDD. This feature varies by type of cam and I bleive it's much more common on DV cams that use tape.

From there you probably already have the necessary software, Vista and WIN7 comes with Movie Maker that can make DVD's.

As an added bonus you can make it a bit more personal, add some pictures, maybe some music etc.



*If you post the make and model number I can look it up for you.
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Old 11-23-2010, 11:49 PM
 
Location: Nicholson, Pa
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I don't have a digital camcorder or a VHS player, That is a great idea though, way cheaper then buying a all in one unit..
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Old 11-24-2010, 12:26 AM
 
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You can always try and beg, borrow one from someone. Check graigslist for the VHS deck or even the camcorder.

Just note that not all camcorders have this feature, you can look the model up camcorderinfo.com, type in the model. You'll find the specs at the end.
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Old 11-24-2010, 08:11 AM
 
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My husband bought a dvr a couple of years ago and transferred our VHS tapes to DVD's. Here is a good website that explains some options. How To Convert VHS to DVD

If you really would like a local company to do this for you, then I invite other posters to reply to that topic, otherwise you may find help on this DIY project on this forum: http://www.city-data.com/forum/science-technology/
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Old 11-24-2010, 08:24 AM
 
Location: Saylorsburg, PA
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Roxio has a program that does this:

Roxio Easy VHS to DVD - VHS to DVD Converter Software
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Old 11-24-2010, 08:59 AM
 
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My husband bought a dvr a couple of years ago and transferred our VHS tapes to DVD's. Here is a good website that explains some options. How To Convert VHS to DVD
While a DVR might work well and certainly is easy and convenient it's not a better method. Home video is usually going to be very noisy and hand held footage, this plays havoc with the MPEG encoder especially with lower bitrates usually utilized by these devices resulting in loss of quality.

If you have a mini-DV camcorder with the feature I listed the "DV" comes from the codec which uses only a lightl compression, the conversion quality will be superior to that of MPEG2 which is used on DVD recorders, DVR's and some camcorders. It's also much more suitable for post processing such as applying a light noise filter, after clean up you then feed it to MPEG2 encoder for DVD. You'll get a superior video taking these extra steps in some cases even better than when directly played from the VHS.

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Old 11-24-2010, 09:22 AM
 
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I don't know what stores are currently in the malls in Scranton or the greater Poconos area, but I think Wolf Camera and Ritz Camera have the ability to convert VHSs. You could call to find out for sure. Good luck!
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Old 11-24-2010, 06:39 PM
 
Location: Avoca
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You can go out, buy Roxio and do it yourself or check out Walgreens for their DVD transfer service. Good Luck!
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Old 11-24-2010, 07:58 PM
 
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Call the Luzerne County Historical Society...they will be able to direct you to the right people.
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