January 8th, 2014, 12:14 PM #1
VHS to Digital
So I've got this 3' stack of VHS tapes of old hockey stuff (news clips/highlights I recorded in the 80s and 90s, Kings games from the Gretzky and Palffy eras, Olympics, World Cup, old All Star games) that I'm sick of. I want to convert them to digital but I don't have the equipment to do it - and I don't want to buy it. I also don't want to pay a jillion dollars to a service to convert them all. The problem is they range from an hour to 3 or 4 hours and I want to keep the goofy old commercials and stuff since it cracks me up seeing 1993 Bob Miller and Jim Fox...and I don't want to make 8 DVDs of a single game or VHS tape. I know I can probably find plenty of this on youtube and wherever, but dammit I MADE THESE so I want them! They could end up on DVDs or a hard drive...doesn't matter to me.
So can anyone help me out with this? PM me and we'll talk about, um...terms and conditions...
January 8th, 2014, 12:23 PM #2
I might be able to help you out. I just got a converter to help reduce the amount of space the family vhs movies are taking up. I just did 4 copies of the SJ all star legends game. I could probably get almost the entire 3 to 4 hours worth on one disc...but the sound and video may not be too good according to the manual. If not, you can piecemeal this stuff on additional dvd's as there is a way to edit a bit to see what I'm dubbing. I'm in the Redlands area.
January 8th, 2014, 12:52 PM #3
January 8th, 2014, 12:56 PM #4
I've had some success but it does take a lot of time. I've only done a couple of tapes so far...been lazy.
I would suggest:
ScanCafe - Photo Scanning, Negative Scanning, Slide Scanning, Video Transfer, Photo Restoration
It costs some dough but it might be worth it.
One problem I've noticed when I did the two tapes is that when I used this newer combo VHS/DVD recorder I have my videos would NOT track (vertical not lining up...you know). I had to use my older VHS player as a source into the DVD recorder. I found that odd since all of tapes we not originally made with my older VHS. Most of those we done with an even OLDER recorder I had YEARS ago. So some of these newer VHS players kinda suck.
I got some nice highlights though...early 80s pre-Gretz stuff.
January 8th, 2014, 01:02 PM #5
January 8th, 2014, 01:04 PM #6
try Transfer Ninjas, they are good for this stuff and cheap too
January 8th, 2014, 01:52 PM #7
Yeah, I've got a VHS to DVD recorder but not a converter. I'm hoping to do it in a way that reduces file size as much as possible but still keep the sparkling quality of a VHS recording of 1990s TV.
Originally Posted by Mulletsave30
Yup, I looked as scancafe and others like it...trying to avoid paying a ton of money to do this.
Originally Posted by jom
I might try that. Just not sure if it'll do well on a older PC with a not-great video card.
Originally Posted by Bojanglz
Thanks. I'll check them out.
Originally Posted by KingKeyan
January 8th, 2014, 04:33 PM #8
Nothing will be easier than a vhs to dvd recorder. I've done that plenty of times and also with 8mm to dvd. Of course you can set the dvd recorder to LP or SLP to save space. It takes as long to do as it takes the vhs to play. I have also done the record into the computer routine when I wanted my own menus using a canopus 110. Then you get a 2 hour movie on your hard drive in avi format that takes up about 30-60gb. from there I edit it in Adobe Elements and then burn to disk. Been a long long time though. Way easier with a dual player/recorder. and if for some reason you don't want the disks piling up, those dvd VOB files of the video can be easily changed to MPG files.
January 8th, 2014, 05:08 PM #9
Yeah, I've got the VHS to DVD deck but in order to fit a 3+ hr game on it, the quality is so low it looks way worse than the VHS tape...so I'd have to break the game up into 3 DVDs or whatever. The 1 hour highlight stuff is a piece of cake, though.
January 8th, 2014, 05:55 PM #10
I've been using this to work on my gigantic stack of mostly hockey tapes. It works OK and is cheap as heck. The MPEG file that it creates always has an incorrect timescale in VLCPlayer and it is too big anyhow, so I reencode it to MP4 or MKV using Handbrake.
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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.