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I want to transfer my VHS tapes to DVD. I was going to buy a new computer and a Dazzle video capture device. The salesman told me I should buy the HP model M8430F, because it has the appropriate plug-ins on the front, and that I wouldn't need the Dazzle. So, that's what I did. Yes, I can plug in my VCR, but apparently can't do anything else with it. According to the Windows Help: "To import video from an analog video camera or VCR, you need to have an analog video capture device installed on your computer..." So, is ther any way to do this without putting out more money?

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I looked up your PC and it has a TV tuner card and media center. You should be able to do basic video capture from the VCR with what you have already installed on the PC. I hate to ask this, but have you looked through the manual that came with the PC? That would be a better source in this situation than Windows help. Windows help is very generic and not specific to your PC. I have a little older Gateway PC with a basic TV turner and I was able to transfer videos over. The first thing to do is get to the point that you can see the video playing in media center. You may need to set it up to play thru channel 3 (like we did back when VCRs first came out) and once that is done, you can start recording that "broadcast". Once you have the videos, you can burn them to DVD.
Try this link;
http://forums.support.roxio.com/lofiversion/index.php/t10037.html
There are a few 'minor' things, but I think you have the basics on the PC you have to do the job.

Posted on May 09, 2008

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CAM -
A cam is a theater rip usually done with a digital video camera.
A mini tripod is sometimes used, but a lot of the time this wont be possible, so the camera make shake.
Also seating placement isn't always idle, and it might be filmed from an angle. If cropped properly, this is
hard to tell unless there's text on the screen, but a lot of times these are left with triangular borders on
the top and bottom of the screen. Sound is taken from the onboard microphone of the camera, and especially in
comedies, laughter can often be heard during the film. Due to these factors picture and sound quality are usually
quite poor, but sometimes we're lucky, and the theater will be fairly empty and a fairly clear signal will be heard.



TELESYNC (TS) - A telesync is the same spec as a CAM except it uses an external audio source (most likely an audio jack in the chair for hard of hearing people). A direct audio source does not ensure a good quality audio source, as a lot of background noise can interfere. A lot of the times a telesync is filmed in an empty cinema or from the projection booth with a professional camera, giving a better picture quality. Quality ranges drastically, check the sample before downloading the full release. A high percentage of Telesyncs are CAMs that have been mislabeled.



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