Re: VHS to digital
Hi, thought I'd come back and report on what happened.
I'm starting to save VHS onto my hard drive as I write this.
I looked around my new computer and found something called "Roxio Media
Import" which it turns out has the right interface to "see" my tuner
card. This allows me to select the type of input signal and output file.
I could see the video through the Scart to s-video and 2 phono into an
audio plug via adapter connection, but it was in black and white (like
the bloke in Maplins who sold me the adapter told me it probably would
I then tried a scart to 3 phono adapter, with the yellow phono going
into the comp socket of the tuner card and other 2 phonos via adapter
into audio as above, this gave me nothing however.
Various web sources said that the cable was critical so I went to my
local audio shop to see if they had a better scart to 3 phono adapter
when the guy pointed out that the adapter I had was a signal "in" only
(I hadn't seen that and somewhat bizarrely they have directionality). So
he sold me a signal "out" adapter and along with the cable and adapter I
already had I made things work!
So in brief I'm getting my VHS into digital using:
- TV Tuner card that fits into a PCI slot, his converts the analog
sigal from theVHS ino a digital signal that can be stored on the HD
- Windows Vista and Roxio Media Import programme, this allows me to see
what is going on and adjust various settings
- VHS machine and scart connector / 3-phono adapter feeding into the
Composite Video socket on the tuner card and a 2 phono to the audio
socket via an adapter.
It seems that there are other ways of doing this, but the 3 steps I've
bulleted above are common to all.