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Beginners Guides: Converting Videotape Into Video Files

Beginners Guides: Converting Videotape Into Video Files - PCSTATS
Abstract: Break out the BETA and VHS tapes, it's time to convert those old home movies into video files you can email around the world, and publish on the web in all their digital splendor!
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External Mfg. Website: PCSTATS Jan 16 2007   Mike Dowler  
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Using Movie Maker Step 2

Now enter a filename for the file the video will be captured to, and a location on your hard disk. Click OK.

Now it's time to choose video settings. These options affect the quality of the captured video, and how much hard drive space it eats up. For now, leave it at the default 'best quality for playback on my computer' setting. Hit OK.

Finally we arrive at the actual capture window. The preview window should show the video feed from your VCR when you start it playing. If it does not, check your connections, and make sure that you selected the right input method on the first screen.

Clear the 'create clips when wizard finishes' checkbox unless you are interested in editing the video after you capture it. When ready, press 'record' to begin capturing video to a file.

The counters will tally up the time you have been recording and the amount of disk space you have used. As you can see, a minute of video eats up roughly 7MB of space on this setting. As uncompressed video totals out at around 1GB per minute, this is not bad on economy. When you have finished recording, click 'stop capture.'

Now double click 'my computer' and navigate to the directory you set up to store the captured file. Double click it to play it in Windows Media Player (or the player of your choice).

Watch the playback for slowdowns or jerkiness, and see how you feel about the quality.

If the playback is fine but you'd like the quality to be better, there is one option. Restart the capture process from the main screen, but this time when you get to the video settings screen, choose 'other settings' then 'video for local playback (2.1Mbps).' This will give you the highest quality you can squeeze out of Windows Movie Maker. The cost is that the files are about twice as large as the default setting (about 15MB per minute).

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Contents of Article: PCSTATS
 Pg 1.  Beginners Guides: Converting Videotape Into Video Files
 Pg 2.  How capturing video works
 Pg 3.  Starting the conversion
 Pg 4.  Using Windows XP Movie Maker
 Pg 5.  — Using Movie Maker Step 2
 Pg 6.  Video Capturing Alternatives
 Pg 7.  STOIK Video Capture Continued
 Pg 8.  Using Virtual VCR
 Pg 9.  Using VirtualDub

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