Video tape to USB drive?

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  1. olley

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    Hi techno wiz's :BigGrin: I want a cheap way to record a few video tapes onto my USB drive, can I get a scart to PC lead of some sort, and a free programme to read the tape and record it.

    I have VLC which I have been using to rip dvd's, will that do tape's?

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    Video is analogue technology which means you have to have a new piece of kit (hardware) to convert to digital, then you can use software VLC to convert to your choosen device.
     
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    I had a small 12v VHS player, I would have thought that might be easier. If I could remember where I put it I would offer it to you.

    If you can get them on your PC then you could burn them to a CD or DVD and play directly (if you have a DVD player on your TV that is)
     
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    Hi bought a similar device to the one maplins flog of ebay for a tenner. :BigGrin: I can then get them on to my portable usb drive, and then using the Xenta I can watch them on the telly.

    Just been looking at USB prices, you can buy a 1.5Tb drive for £80, amazing to think that will store over 300 DVD's :Eek!:

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    Well its been a great few days...........................not. Can't get the Xenta to work properly, so its in the bin, or FOC to anyone who wants it.

    I can rip the DVD's and they play fine on the computer via VLC, even joined the VOB's into one single VOB' but noway will they play using the Xenta. So I am going to buy a screen to TV by wifi gizmo, it transmits what's on the computer screen by wifi to the telly, and is supposed to work fine with movies. [ame]http://www.amazon.co.uk/Q-Waves-Wireless-USB-HDMI-Extender/dp/B002RL9F38[/ame]

    While I save my pennies for that, I proceeded to try to copy my VHS tapes, bought an analogue to digital converter for a tenner, and a scart to phono for a fiver, great fire up ulead video studio, and start recording, after 5mins it stops :Angry: try again, same result, ok try the other recorder, this stops after about 10mins. :Angry:

    Time to do some googling; copy protection! the tape has a signal on it which alerts ulead that its copy protected and it stop's recording. :Doh: Ok try MS moviemaker, that doesn't stop, but seems to good to be true, which it is. Listen to the playback and there's a continuous beat in the background, which I suppose is what ulead was picking up.

    So that's the end of my VHS copying adventure, for what the bits cost I could almost have bought the only vid I really wanted to copy. :Doh:

    Its just started raining, so that's the bar-b up the spout. Happy days. :BigGrin:

    Olley
     
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