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Help required with converting VHS Tapes

Dabber 16 211 England
10 Dec 2012 1:18PM
Iím hoping that I can get some useful leads from our forum(s) as Iím struggling to find any video based help on the web.

My project is to convert all of my family home videos into DVDs, and I have no problem actually doing it.

I have a Sony DVD recorder and can link my video recorder to it. So far so good.

The problem that I have is that the contents of the tapes vary, i.e. I may have 10 mins of the family on a day trip, then I may have taken some video of an event in town, then perhaps we have opening the Christmas presents. I think you get the drift.

Ideally I would to be able to select specific clips from the DVD produced from the tapes. So I copied the contents of the DVD onto my hard drive, hoping to be able to do just that.
However, itís not that simple, it looks as though there is one big file, I think itís extension is FOB.

I have tried trawling the net and have come across a few bits of software, typically ACDC Converter Pro, DVD FAB and DVD Cloner. However I canít find anything specifically that would fulfil my requirements.

Has anyone done what I am trying to do?, and can offer some form of ĎIdiotís Guideí or can recommend a forum that may deal with such matters.

Thanks for looking and best regards


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MrGoatsmilk 9 1.5k England
10 Dec 2012 4:37PM
Would it not be easier to link the video to the computer then edit the footage before burning to DVD?
User_Removed 8 4.6k 1 Scotland
10 Dec 2012 5:31PM

Quote:Would it not be easier to link the video to the computer then edit the footage before burning to DVD?

As above. There are several "Film Director" types of software (some of which are supplied free with camcorders) that would allow you to use your VHS clips as "source material" and edit them into coherent "movies" for burning on to a DVD.
Bridgelayer 11 623 United Kingdom
10 Dec 2012 6:34PM
Try Computer Active here.
There's plenty of advice and tips there.
Jat_Riski 9 89 United Kingdom
10 Dec 2012 7:40PM
As MrGoatsmilk suggested with AV capturing device you can capture footage as avi files on hard drive then copy to media player hard drive no need to take your files to nle (unless you want to edit). I converted all my dvd's to avi files using Media convertor 7.5 and then copied to cyclone media players 2tb hard drive. Hope this help.
Bridgelayer 11 623 United Kingdom
11 Dec 2012 4:59PM
Dabber, have a look at Proshow Gold . It has a video trimmer built in. You can have a continuous show by cutting transitions between clips. I don't know what the trial prog is like and whether you can do the complete show with it, but worth a try.

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