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Copying VHS tapes to DVD

I have quite a number of VHS tapes that are Macromedia copy protected. As the tapes are ageing fast I want to copy them onto DVDs for the long term. Does anyone know what is good hardware or software for doing this? I have read that a unit called ''Grex'' is the one to go for and then others say it's not that great. I'm all ears.

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  • cogs06 Oct 03, 2009

    I do have a digital tv tuner in my PC. How do I copy with this please?

  • cogs06 Oct 03, 2009

    I do have a digital tv tuner in my PC. How do I copy with this please?

  • cogs06 Oct 03, 2009

    P.S. I am running the following hardware and OS.
    Pentium D 2.8 GHz CPU, nVidea GeForce 7300GT Graphics Card, 4 Gb 667 MHz DDR2 Ram, Leadtek DTV1000S Tv Tuner Card. This might save some questions.

  • cogs06 Oct 03, 2009

    PP.S. The OS is Windows Vista Home Premium 64 bit.

  • cogs06 Oct 04, 2009

    Most of the movies are Disney's and are between $25.00 and $30.00 here in Australia and I have over thirty of them. Besides once the copying has started you go and do something else, just like the modern PC, it's called multi tasking. If I buy the discs from overseas I will have to copy and burn them as the old Region Demon raises its ugly head. Thanks any way. Cogs06

  • cogs06 Oct 04, 2009

    Thank you for the instructions. The TV card does have S-Video 4 pin and the VHS player has RCA connectors. I have RCA to 3.5mm stereo adaptor and will buy a S-Video to RCA cable and copy to my heart's content (hopefully).Cogs06

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Grex will do it but if you have a tv card in your pc you can just use windows moviemaker.

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    If the TV card has an s-video input connect the scart output via an scart to s-video adaptor and the sound output to the line input on the soundcard. You should be able to capture video as an option in moviemaker

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Any macromedia removal haerdware should work fine I had one years ago got it from popular electronics magazine Ad was like 50.00 way back then.

But why copy tapes especially if they are old, you can buy the old movies on DVD for cheap and save a ton of time and effort.
Most older movies you can buy for 5 to 10.00 bucks, and I know my time is worth way more than that.

When you figure the time to copy the movie from tape then convert it to DVD format and then burn it to DVD, for a 2 hour movie you are looking at spending at least 3 hours. to buy the DVD at 5.00 is way worth it, if you copy these movies you will be saveing about 1.60 per hour of time you put in.

My time is worth way more than that.

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