For the young ones, VHS stands for Video Home System and being long in the tooth I have a JVC VCR and a heap of VHS tapes. I want to convert these tapes to DVD's. I have a Panasonic BWT 850 which can record to a blank DVD. The problem of course is that the VCR only has a scart output and the BWT 850 does not have a scart input. Can anyone of you kind folks suggest what cabling or converters I can use to achieve this. I could buy a combi unit but I would like to avoid that expense if possible
I just had a quick read up on that model and it looks like it has no AV inputs at all, apparently that device can only record what goes through the freeview tuner so I think you'd be out of luck. I would imagine a VHS/DVD combo would be pretty cheap now and would save you time and effort, we dumped one only a few months ago annoyingly, I did say at the time it was worth holding onto just in case but had to be ruthless on a clear out as I do tend to hoard old tech.
i did it a few years ago with video capture cable on pc, had a clicking noise every 30secs or so, tried various software but no good, in the end i run VHS player connected to video camera connected to the pc
I have boxes of Betamax tapes which im also slowly going through, & i bought a second hand external Elgato Capture card from Facebook marketplace for ?20
My Sony Beta player only supports Composite out which is perfect for my Elgato capture card, but if u can use RGB or SVideo out it would be preferable.
Once on the PC i can then choose which format (Mpeg2, Mp4, x265) stabilize, colour correct, de noise,upscale ect.. or just write straight to disc.
Also, if your wanting to copy Prerecorded shows, (movies ect..) chances are they will be Macrovision copy protected,
There are multiple ways around this, but each of which is extra expenditure.
I also use the Elgato to capture VHS/C & Hi8 tapes the same way.
Remember, VHS resolution is very low at around 335x576, so even if you capture in DVD resolution (720) its already up scaled.
Personally, DVD format is kinda shit & the life of the disc isn't as long as u would think.
I would recommend saving as x264, & putting on a HDD/SSD/SDcard or uploading it to a private youtube channel.
Last edited by josweet; 20th August 2020 at 01:35 AM.
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