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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 Virtual VCR

Another simple and free video capture program is Virtual VCR. The main advantage of this software is that it shows you the video you are recording at full size during the recording process. Download it from here if you'd like to give it a shot, then install and run the program.

Go to the settings menu (the hammer icon on the left).

Under 'capture file name' enter a directory and file name for saving the file, otherwise it will be stored at 'c:\program files\virtual VCR\' by default.

Now select the 'video' tab and check 'use compression.' In the drop down box underneath, you can choose your codec. Try another codec this time, to observe the different results. Then, click the 'audio' tab and choose 'input source.'

Use the 'input' drop down box to select the appropriate audio input (generally this will be the 'analog mix.'

Hit 'ok' twice to go back to the main screen.

Now click the 'toggle preview' button (the blue screen) and start your playback. You should have picture and sound. When you are ready, press the red record button to begin the recording. Note how the screen resizes to the actual resolution of the capture. Press the stop button to stop the recording.

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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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