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    For years the way I did it was VCR to a capture card straight into my mac. I used the Dazzle capture device by Pinnacle Systems, and captured the video into iMovie, (then later Final Cut Pro after I upgraded). Once you have the video captured, you can edit it down to the size you want, then burn it to a disk using iDVD. Whether you use imovie/idvd or whatever is used on the pc side, you will need a lot of hard drive space, probably 30 -40 gigs per two hours of tape. Once it's on your HD you can compress it to any quality you want. I went this route because I got the best original VHS quality and was able to control the final output , instead of letting the all in one vhs-dvd burner decide what worked best. If the videos are that import, drop a few buck on ebay and find a capture card on the cheap. It's time consuming, but worth the effort .
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    Ive got a fight tape from the 89 to 91-92 seasons....I was tempted to give it to someone but this thread has got me reconsidering. To be fair...most of the fights are all on Youtube now and probably in better quality...also has a couple episodes of Mama's Family.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hokiecat View Post
    You don't want to convert to DVD. Like you said, the quality at the bitrate that dubs an entire is pretty much crap for a single layer DVD. Plus who wants a stack of DVDs; that is just a smaller stack than tapes. You want to burn to a high compression format and store on an external HD, or two if you want a backup.
    +1 to rip it with Handbrake, into as high rate as you can. Store them on something, and then build a home media storage solution that you can use Plex.tv with. Make sure it's redundant so that you can replace drives as needed.

    Now you can watch it with anything that can run the Plex App, which includes an AppleTV or a Roku.

    Once your done, you'll start on that stack if DVD's you are tired of staring at.



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    And I mis-spoke, jt....I have a recorder as well NOT a converter. My bad.
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    Honestly how many of these are you gonna watch all blurry and such after it's been compressed and captured?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SirJW View Post
    Honestly how many of these are you gonna watch all blurry and such after it's been compressed and captured?
    That's very true...but if I had them on a flash drive when I'm traveling, I'd probably watch the 1970 all star game, 1996 world cup gold medal game, abc's broadcast of the 1980 us-russia game, and a few others. What I'm more likely to do is take the digital stuff and edit them down to what I WOULD watch. It's just such a pain to get it to that point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jt View Post
    That's very true...but if I had them on a flash drive when I'm traveling, I'd probably watch the 1970 all star game, 1996 world cup gold medal game, abc's broadcast of the 1980 us-russia game, and a few others. What I'm more likely to do is take the digital stuff and edit them down to what I WOULD watch. It's just such a pain to get it to that point.
    OK...wait...you have a copy of the 1970 all-star game and the 96 World Cup? I need to get those from you at some point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jt View Post
    That's very true...but if I had them on a flash drive when I'm traveling, I'd probably watch the 1970 all star game, 1996 world cup gold medal game, abc's broadcast of the 1980 us-russia game, and a few others. What I'm more likely to do is take the digital stuff and edit them down to what I WOULD watch. It's just such a pain to get it to that point.
    It's all pretty easy once you get things in place and get the assembly line rolling. Once you get it in digital format, you just need to use the right free software to clean things up. Handbrake is good for using all of your PC's power to convert formats to something smaller.

    What you can't fix is what I had last night-- old tape that tracks crappily and plays at super speed. So much for some of the 1993 playoff games.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jom View Post
    OK...wait...you have a copy of the 1970 all-star game and the 96 World Cup? I need to get those from you at some point.

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    Yup. And I can't give you a copy because, you know...that would be copyright infringement. And I am NOT offering anyone copies of anything I have. I'm not. I'm not. I'm not. Even if you get them digitized for me. That would be wrong.

    Quote Originally Posted by hokiecat View Post
    It's all pretty easy once you get things in place and get the assembly line rolling. Once you get it in digital format, you just need to use the right free software to clean things up. Handbrake is good for using all of your PC's power to convert formats to something smaller.

    What you can't fix is what I had last night-- old tape that tracks crappily and plays at super speed. So much for some of the 1993 playoff games.
    Yeah...getting the assembly line rolling is the big PITA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jt View Post
    Yup. And I can't give you a copy because, you know...that would be copyright infringement. And I am NOT offering anyone copies of anything I have. I'm not. I'm not. I'm not. Even if you get them digitized for me. That would be wrong.
    You know...you are absolutely correct. Forget that I asked.

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