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I am trying to get the video on a VHS onto my computer and would like to know if it is possible with my current hardware. I have a NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GTX+ with an s-video port and a VCR that exports to component. I have a cord that is component to s-video. Does anybody know if I connected these up if it would work and how I would get it to work?

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No, what you currently have will not work. That's an S-Video output connector. You need a video capture card / device.
 

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Can you suggest some good hardware that can do this?
 
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Check here: http://www.hauppauge.com/

The type you get will depend on what open slots you have on your motherboard (if you choose an internal card) and what type of cable TV service you have. They also have external devices.
 

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What is a good product that I can get good quality recording without spending too much
 

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So anything out there will give me the same resolution, FPS, bit rate, and so on?
 
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Pretty much, and again, as it's VHS it won't matter much.

Even if you want something cheap, stick with a name brand (better support, drivers, and software). And stay AWAY from EasyCap.
 

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What is EasyCap?

And the only reason I ask about what hardware is because i wanted to know if anyone had any suggestions because I had a VHS to DVD converter machine and it was hard to use and it seemed quality was worse then what displayed on the TV from VHS and then it broke.
 

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So that is a graphics card that can do that? I am not getting a new one quite yet so I dont think so.

It seems like any machine will do, I will just do some looking.

One last question. Will I see a difference if I buy a machine and do it myself or if I sent it in to a professional? (assuming he does no editing)
 

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So that is a graphics card that can do that? I am not getting a new one quite yet so I dont think so.
You don't need a new video card. You need a capture device. They can be the on the same card or separate.

It seems like any machine will do, I will just do some looking.
Machine? You mean computer, right? Any modern computer can capture video from a VHS player.

One last question. Will I see a difference if I buy a machine and do it myself or if I sent it in to a professional? (assuming he does no editing)
No. The quality is the same. I get the impression you're looking for some kind of quality miracle here. It's not going to happen. Actually, the longer you wait to do the transfer and the more times you view the tapes, the worse the quality will be since the tape will continue to degrade.
 
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