nobbyhigo 16:49 25 Jan 06

this might be a bit of post but here goes , right i have quite a few home recorded vhs analog tapes of amatuer football matches all 1.30 mins long. when you record them on to DVD on a recorder is it compressed or does it take up the full hour and a half hows it work . i am thinking of buying a tape/dvd recorder to do the job so i can view on pc.

  Diemmess 16:58 25 Jan 06

Recording the way you want is in "Real Time", but even then it might be necessary to record to your HD first. From there you can burn your DVD at a faster pace.

As to the software, connections and hardware, those who have experience will offer better advice than I can. Maybe there is some software which will allow a direct recording to DVD.

  Totally-braindead 17:05 25 Jan 06

Unless you want to buy a VHS to DVD recorder which are expensive by the way, I think you'd be cheaper enquiring about getting a specialist shop to do it.

  woodchip 17:14 25 Jan 06

My tape to DVD Recorder, can create a DVD 6 hours long. It also does it DVD to tape

  Graham ® 17:33 25 Jan 06

Best bet is a DVD recorder with hard drive. You then connect a VHS to it and record the tapes to the hard drive. There you can edit them and record to DVD at various 'qualities' or compressions.

  esbe 22:15 25 Jan 06

If you want a VHS-DVD recorder, ASDA are selling one by 'DUAL' for £150.00.


  Les 23:34 25 Jan 06

I agree with Graham - they cost a bit - but - they are worth it. I have close on 70 DVD's recorded from the 'Hard Disk'. I'v had a Philips HDRW 720 for 12 months and think that it's worth it's weight in gold! In the area I live TV's Channel Five gives a grainy picture (at least it does on my Toshiba!) - but, when a program is recorded on the the Philips hard disk, the output is clear - I guess it has it's own decoder. The Tv is 8 years old against the Philips one. I have mine set up for a total recording time of 3 hours per DVD - so you could set it up so that you could easily get two matches per disk ( you can set it up for more than 3 hours but the quality goes down accordingly I think ( I've never tried it!)

  nobbyhigo 00:29 26 Jan 06

thats a point with what LES said , my mate has a HUMAX hard drive recorder the one with FREEVIEW do we think it could record from a vhs player on to the hard drive, Then of course i would have to get that on to my pc to record a DVD seems long winded doesnt it

  keith-236785 00:45 26 Jan 06

like woodchip, my dvd recorder/vhs can record both ways, you choose the quality of recording for the DVD, HQ = High Quality and gives you 1 hour per 4.3gig DVD, SQ = Standard Quality and gives you 2 hours per 4.3gig DVD (good enough quality for me), then there is EQ = Extended Quality which gives 4 hours and thats about as big as VHS tapes go in short play, there is a further setting which gives 8 hours per DVD but i cant remember its letter code.

recording is a simple two or three choice on the remote then let it get on with it.

you then have to finalise the discs in the recorder before you can play them. but that only takes about a minute.

recording is realtime, so for your 1½ hour tape, it will take 1½ hours + 1 minute to finalise.

  dms05 07:45 26 Jan 06

I've transferred lots of VHS to DVD via the HDD in my LiteOn 5045 160Gb DVD Recorder. One point though - carefully chose the quality you want before you copy to HDD as you can only transfer onto DVD at the same quality as that on the HDD. I use the 4 hour per DVD setting for most purposes. It's far superior to VHS but you need the 2 hour setting to get Digital TV off air quality.

  john-232317 09:17 26 Jan 06

Just connect your VHS to the DVD recorder. You can set the recording to different amounts of time. All the games will show on a menu at the beginning of the DVD, take your pic to watch. As long as you dont finalize the DVD you will be able to add them at anytime. You can watch them on the original recorder, but if you want to use a different player you will need to finalize the disc.

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