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05-09-2011, 10:43 AM
hello folks,

oops heading should read
"VHS to DVD conversion"

My ageing mother has asked me to convert a VHS video to DVD.
Is there an easy way of doing this with my home computer?
Or can anyone recommed a professional service here in Auckland?


Speedy Gonzales
05-09-2011, 10:46 AM
You can do it yourself, but you'll need some kind of video capture card, (it maybe external as well), and a program to record the video/audio in signal. Then you can burn it to DVD

05-09-2011, 10:53 AM
thanks speedy...
is there anything special to consider seeing as how the VHS signal is analogue?

05-09-2011, 10:54 AM
Any hardware designed for this will take care of it all.

If it's just one VHS I'd look for someone else to do it, no help there sorry, but if you want to do a bunch invest in some hardware. Something like this.


or this


Speedy Gonzales
05-09-2011, 10:58 AM
If you get something external, it would look like this (http://www.ifocus.co.nz/Video+Cards+%252526+Video+Devices/TV+Tuners+%252526+Video+Devices/AVerMedia+DVD+EZMaker+7+Video+Capture+Card+USB+Int erface+-+Retail.html). Looks like the forum is starting to play up..

05-09-2011, 11:13 AM
thanks speedy....

05-09-2011, 11:57 AM
You can always buy a DVD/Hardrive recorder and do it that way. Just connect up your video recorder to it then record to the hd then burn to a DVD.

05-09-2011, 02:06 PM
Try here:-



Speedy Gonzales
05-09-2011, 02:28 PM
I HAD a tuner that had S-video (I could record from VCR / whatever). Until

1. The VCR died lol

2. I changed from 32 to 64 bit. That was the end of the tuner

05-09-2011, 03:05 PM

a commercial conversion can cost you an arm and a leg :(

all you need is a VHS player, a capture card and a DVD burner - with some shareware programmes as well :)

if you reside in the Wellington region and need a hand, drop me a PM

05-09-2011, 03:33 PM
He lives in Auckland. Can't you read.

05-09-2011, 03:39 PM
He lives in Auckland. Can't you read.

Where does it say Auckland???????????????????????

05-09-2011, 03:48 PM
Where does it say Auckland???????????????????????

"Or can anyone recommed a professional service here in Auckland?"

Chill out!

05-09-2011, 04:03 PM
LOL Oops :) :)

05-09-2011, 04:19 PM
I've done this for friends and it's very time consuming, if you have the time though a cheap capture card or tv tuner with built in capture device (often just as cheap) should do the trick.
I used a tv tuner and set it to record in Mpeg 2 so it was already in the right format and then burnt to DVD using nerovision express with the "don't reencode compliant streams" option ticked (or it takes hours)

You need:
A video player (obviously)
Capture device with the best input possible for your player - in order from best to worst: component, svideo, composite
A cable
A decent amount of hard drive space 5-10 Gig free as an absolute minimum, preferably 20G+ (you can end up with multiple copies during conversion etc)
Capture software - should come with the card
DVD authoring software - a lot of options here, may also come with the card

The results can be quite good, but probably not worth it for a single video if you have to spend much to achieve it