Connecting A VCR to a computer

  sebbywebby 17:39 12 Nov 06

Does any one know the best way of connecting a vcr to a computer or projector

  Totally-braindead 17:43 12 Nov 06

What exactly are you wanting to do?

  sebbywebby 17:51 12 Nov 06

I would like to show videos on a computer and on a projector but I'm happy to use different leads or wires to do so.

  Totally-braindead 18:01 12 Nov 06

The simplest way I think would be to convert the video to dvd. The easiest way of doing this is to use a VCR and a standalone DVD recorder connected via a SCART lead. Press play on the VCR and record on the DVD recorder. Once done you could run it on a PC and connect the PC to a projector and a monitor.

  sebbywebby 13:01 16 Nov 06

it needs to be connected to an interactive whiteboard

  Graham. 13:22 16 Nov 06

You will have to convert the VCR content, which is Analogue, to Digital. As a computer cannot easily store Analogue, you will have to transfer the content to a Digital medium such as DVD, as above. Then you will be able to save the DVD content to the computer hard drive.

It's not simply a matter of finding the right leads to connect the VCR to your computer.

  john-232317 13:52 16 Nov 06

I think if you get a TV card, you can coax the vcr into the tv card instead of a tv ariel.

  sebbywebby 11:12 17 Nov 06

what is coax

  Jak_1 11:52 17 Nov 06

coaxial cable, the same as the ariel lead to the tv.

  Totally-braindead 18:51 19 Nov 06

Which brings me back to my suggestion of using a standalone DVD Recorder connected to a VCR. Very easy to do, the DVD recorder automatically records in digital meaning you do not have to convert the files or anything else.
If you don't own a standalone DVD recorder ask your mates, almost certainly one will have one and it is very easy to do.

  Stuartli 18:54 19 Nov 06

>>you will have to transfer the content to a Digital medium such as DVD, as above.>>

It's also possible with Freeview PCI TV cards if they have the appropriate input sockets; the card's PVR software can be used to make recordings for burning to blank media.

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