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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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STOIK Video Capture Continued

Now let's take a look at the options available for compression. Click the 'compression…' button. The default compression method is 'no recompression' meaning no compression will be used, and the resulting file size is going to be enormous. Click the 'video' drop down box to see the list of compression codecs available to you.

You should have a large and impressive looking list of options. What you want to use here depends on what type of video you want to capture, how much you are going to capture and well, trial and error. For now, select the 'huffyuv' codec.

This is a lossless codec, which compresses video only a little. Good for home movies that you want to edit, good for copying videotapes to DVDs, bad for storing large amounts of video on your drive or putting movies onto CD.

You can hit the 'tune…' button to change options for the codec you have selected. For now, leave everything as default. The 'multifile split' dropdown box sets how large the program will allow each individual capture file to be. When the maximum is reached, it creates a new file and continues recording. Set this to your desired size.

If you would like to change the resolution of the captured video, hit 'tune…' on the main screen and select 'video capture format.'

You can choose the final resolution of the video file here. Note that the default is 640x480. Higher resolution files demand more performance from both the hard disk and the processor.

Now it's time to capture some video. Hit the 'record' button to begin. Note the time and frame counters. Hit 'finish' when you have captured enough, then navigate to the capture file directory to check out your work.

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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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