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Capturing from VCR
PostPosted: Mon May 26, 2008 12:12 pm Reply with quote
BrandX
 
Joined: 26 May 2008
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Hi,

I have quite a few old VHS videos I'd like to transfer to mpeg2/4. What would be the best way to get this done using a vcr (RF and component outputs, but no s-video) and my 5500 card? What software would I need, and how could I setup the connections from vcr->5500?

The DVB tuner has been working great for me, it's the analog part that's got me a bit confused. I'm using Debian with 2.6.25.2 kernel, gigabyte ep35ds3-r motherboard with onboard audio, and nvidia 8600gs video. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!
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Re: Capturing from VCR
PostPosted: Tue Jul 07, 2009 2:30 pm Reply with quote
Sidicas
 
Joined: 06 Jul 2009
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BrandX wrote:


I have quite a few old VHS videos I'd like to transfer to mpeg2/4. What would be the best way to get this done using a vcr (RF and component outputs, but no s-video) and my 5500 card?
Hey! I'm doing exactly the same thing you're doing... It didn't take long for me to see that the composite outputs are the best.. BTW, I'm assuming you did mean composite yellow/red/white and not component, I've never seen a VCR with component out, especially if it's an old VCR, but I suppose it's possible.


BrandX wrote:


What software would I need, and how could I setup the connections from vcr->5500?
I've got a Red/White (Left/Right) audio channel to 3.5mm converter cable from Radio Shack, I think I paid $8 for it (and yes, I know I got ripped off.). Take the converter cable and just plug it into the "Audio In" on the card.

Take the yellow video output from the VCR and plug that into the yellow video input on the S-VHS connector that comes with the card..


BrandX wrote:

The DVB tuner has been working great for me, it's the analog part that's got me a bit confused. I'm using Debian with 2.6.25.2 kernel, gigabyte ep35ds3-r motherboard with onboard audio, and nvidia 8600gs video. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!

I'm running Debian Lenny here.. The biggest problems I've had so far is messing around with the mixers and getting the right stuff muted/unmuted.. I should probably post some pics of my kmix settings, after fiddling about for 30 mins, my analog audio just started working...

Oh, and one big heads up... If you're having problems tuning analog stations, make sure you turn off the mythbackend before you use other programs (xawtv, kdetv, etc.) to try to tune stuff... The reason is that mythbackend is VERY greedy and the second an application tries to take the card away from Mythbackend, mythbackend will take it right back.. So I wasted about 3 hours trying to figure out why, when I tuned a channel with xawtv, it would tune / flicker the station for a fraction of a second and then displaying "no signal".. It was because of the darn mythbackend stealing the card back and setting it back into Digital/HD/DTV mode... I'm surprised the applications didn't get into a tug-o-war, but apparently no application is as greedy about tuner cards as mythbackend is... 3 hours..... wasted....
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