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VCR to HDD?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography & Imaging' started by pons, Sep 24, 2003.

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  1. pons

    pons Thread Starter

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    Hi, a friend of mine wants to "record" video from his VCR or video camera to the HDD.
    He is runing winXP professional, and the video card is a GeForce4 MX 440 128MB.
    He tried to use Windows Movie Maker but it tells him that there is not a device attached.
    He is using a cable with a RCA conector at one end and a 4 pin (similar to the one for a mouse) male conector. He has conected his video camera to the grafics card using this cable that came with his card.
    Is there a chance to do it, and how? Does he need special software to convert analog to digital, ot is it all handled by WMM?

    Thank you in advance
    sebastian pons
     
  2. milomorai

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    he would be better off with software specifically designed for video capture and editing. the best way to connect to his pc is via a firewire connection-anything else is just too slow. if there isn't one installed (possibly on the sound card if it is a sound blaster audigy series) he can get an expansion card .

    Gavi, Certified Photographic Counselor, Nikon Advanced System Specialist
     
  3. pons

    pons Thread Starter

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    Hi, thank you for your input.
    I don't think that firewire is an option, and his card is a Nvidia (lower end I assume). Speed is not a problem.
    I don't know what hewants to do with it, it's eather to sent to his family throu the Internet, or saving it to CD. HDD capacity is also not a problem as it is a relatively new machine and I imagine his HDH is about 60GB.

    Thank you again
    sebastian pons
     
  4. kiwiguy

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    I have a GF4 MX460 graphics card and it works just fine for capturing video.

    You need to check that the card actually supports Video In, as many of that model only do Video Out (also called TV Out). If they do Video out its usually referred to as Vi/Vo (Video In Video Out) and the plug and cable you desribe has the SVHS plug on one end, and 2 x RCA and 2 X SVHS on the other.

    The sound is captured using the Line in on the soundcard.
     
  5. pons

    pons Thread Starter

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    Thank you Kiwiguy, now for the setup, can you describe step by step how to do it?

    sebastian pons
     
  6. gotrootdude

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    He's trying to use the s-video output. I don't believe he has video in. He needs a capture card.
     
  7. kiwiguy

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    Sounds a lot like it.
    If it has Video in, the manual should show how to connect.
    The software that comes with the card would have the video capture function.

    There is no easy way to determine from looking at the card if it has video capture or not. You need to do a search on Google using the exact make and model.
     
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    pons Thread Starter

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    Thank you for your help. I'll pass the information to my friend

    sebastian pons
     
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