Going analog into a digital-only PC

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Larry_Dunn

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My new PC has only a digital input in -- it doesn't have an analog connection. Problem is that many of my older camcorder tapes are analog, and the camcorder that plays them doesn't have a firewire or USB out plug of any kind -- just the normal analog plugs. So I can't use my DVD software to copy these and then burn them as DVDs to preserve them.

Is there some kind of analog convertor I can use to plug my analog camcorder into the 1394 plug in my PC? Thanks in advance.
 

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There are a number of solutions to this issue. The thing you need is a video capture PCI card or USB/Firewire video capture adapter. I have the Adaptec VideoOh! and a Dazzle DVC-80 model in the closet, as well as an ATI video capture/TV tuner card.
 

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JohnWill said:
The thing you need is a video capture PCI card or USB/Firewire video capture adapter.
The adapter sounds more user friendly. Will that work on a camcorder that doesn't have a USB port? This only has the analog plugs for video out.

Cool broomhandle avatar, BTW.
 

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Yes, that's what the video capture function is, analog video to digital. You obviously need the correct cables, but they may come with the board/adapter, or you might already have them. If you want sound as well, you need those cables too. Take a look around on www.pricewatch.com and search for video capture and do a little research. When you find one you like, post a link here and we'll let you know what we think.

Actually, the avatar is an Astra 900, but I do have a Mauser Broomhandle and stock too. The Astra is a Spanish copy of the roomhandle, though the internals are quite different. :)
 
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