VHS video is inconvenient in today's digital world, and there are a lot of people who want to convert their older video recordings to DVD.Luckily, copying your old VHS tapes to DVD is simple, requiring only an inexpensive video adapter and a relatively recent-model PC. By converting those old VHS tapes to digital form, you can effectively stop the deterioration in its tracks. It also allows you to use your computer to edit out the boring and blooper moments, add music or narration, and make extra copies for your family and friends.
1.Connect your camcorder or VCR to the video converter using an S-video cable if it has an S-video port. Otherwise connect the composite video output to the yellow plug on the converter and connect the red and white audio outputs from the VCR to their equivalent-coloured inputs on the converter. Alternatively, if the VCR has a scart socket use the supplied converter cable as shown here. Power up the VCR, insert a tape and press play.
2.Launch Magix Movies on DVD 7. In the New Project disc settings panel, name your new project, select a disk space preset such as DVD and click OK. Click the recording button to the right of the preview screen, followed by the Analogue video button in the Recording source selection panel. The Video recording capture window will now open and you should see your video playing in the preview window. If you can’t see the video, check the input selection is correctly set for either ‘Comp or S-VHS’, depending on whether you are using the Composite,or S-video input connector.
3.Click the browse button alongside the ‘Save file in the following folder’ field and navigate to the folder where you want to save your captured video files. Depending on the capture codec you use, a three-hour tape could occupy up to 6GB on your hard drive – so make sure you have plenty of available space. Click the recording quality pop-up menu and select a recording quality. If you plan to edit the captured footage, select one of the Magix MXV codecs at the appropriate quality for your intended output – for example, DVD requires the MXV:DVD quality choice.
4.If you plan to record the captured footage straight to DVD choose the MPEG DVD Recording quality setting from the pull-down menu. Follow the instructions to activate the MPEG2 codec if you haven’t done so before. The advantage of choosing an MPEG2 codec is the captured file can be written straight to DVD without the need for transcoding, this will save a lots of time when it comes to burning your DVD. Choose the MPEG:DVD preset or select MPEG:User defined and click the Configuration button to set your own bitrate.
5.Use the VCR controls to cue the tape to the position you want to start recording from. If you want the recording to stop automatically after a specified time period, check the Record time limit box and enter a period in minutes in the field in panel 4. Press the red record button to start capturing. If you haven’t set a record time limit, you will need to press the stop button when you reach the end of the tape. If you experience problems, with sound synchronization for example, try capturing the footage in fifteen-minute segments, rather than one big chunk. When you’ve finished capturing click OK to close the capture window.
6.Click the Burn button at the top of the screen and choose a menu template from the Menu Layouts scroller. Choose DVD from the format pop-up menu in the bottom left corner. The status bar shows how much space your footage will occupy on the DVD, the playing time and the number of scenes. A scene is created for each clip on the editing timeline, so if you want menu buttons for more scenes, click the Edit button and use the editing tools to make cuts in the footage. Finally, insert a blank DVD in your writer and click the DVD Export button.
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