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New Sue
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      09-14-2007
Hello:

I am a novice user and wondered if I can watch/record home videos from my
vcr through Windows Media Centre? If so, what physical connections do I need
to make between my VCR and my computer. I have a Gateway computer with
Windows Media Centre.

Thanks for your help,
Sue.
 
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      09-14-2007
You aren't necessarily going to be pleased with the process for MCE, at
least as far as the MCE interface goes. If you are connecting the VCR to the
MCE using the TV (coax) cable and setting the MCE to ch 3 or 4, like you
used to with a TV set, then yes, you can record, by just starting the tape
and hitting record. It will assume you are trying to record a TV show.

If you are wanting to record by connecting the VCR to one of the video/audio
inputs your MCE box undoubtedly has, the red white and yellow RCA input
jacks, then it is a PITA. You have to go through the initial setup and tell
the MCE box you have a set-top box hooked to that input, and then set it to
work with your particular VCR, or trick it into thinking you have a set-top
box. There is no option within MCE to switch between the cable input and
any of the audio/video inputs.

Most MCE boxes also have some other software, not in the MCE interface, that
lets you capture audio/video from the audio/video inputs though. Many OEMs
provide the capture software that comes with the video card they use.

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"New Sue" <New > wrote in message
news971BE38-DF40-4ED5-ABB1-...
> Hello:
>
> I am a novice user and wondered if I can watch/record home videos from my
> vcr through Windows Media Centre? If so, what physical connections do I
> need
> to make between my VCR and my computer. I have a Gateway computer with
> Windows Media Centre.
>
> Thanks for your help,
> Sue.


 
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Eric Baines
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      09-14-2007
I tried using Nero 7 to do a live recording to a .MPG file and then I can
either play that within MCE or burn to a DVD.

In truth, I found it easiest to connect a VCR to a standard DVD recorder to
create the DVD, and then I can either play that in MCE or use Nero 7 to
manipulate it in any way I want.

"Sven" wrote:

> You aren't necessarily going to be pleased with the process for MCE, at
> least as far as the MCE interface goes. If you are connecting the VCR to the
> MCE using the TV (coax) cable and setting the MCE to ch 3 or 4, like you
> used to with a TV set, then yes, you can record, by just starting the tape
> and hitting record. It will assume you are trying to record a TV show.
>
> If you are wanting to record by connecting the VCR to one of the video/audio
> inputs your MCE box undoubtedly has, the red white and yellow RCA input
> jacks, then it is a PITA. You have to go through the initial setup and tell
> the MCE box you have a set-top box hooked to that input, and then set it to
> work with your particular VCR, or trick it into thinking you have a set-top
> box. There is no option within MCE to switch between the cable input and
> any of the audio/video inputs.
>
> Most MCE boxes also have some other software, not in the MCE interface, that
> lets you capture audio/video from the audio/video inputs though. Many OEMs
> provide the capture software that comes with the video card they use.
>
> --
> Sven
> MS MVP Mobile Devices
> "New Sue" <New > wrote in message
> news971BE38-DF40-4ED5-ABB1-...
> > Hello:
> >
> > I am a novice user and wondered if I can watch/record home videos from my
> > vcr through Windows Media Centre? If so, what physical connections do I
> > need
> > to make between my VCR and my computer. I have a Gateway computer with
> > Windows Media Centre.
> >
> > Thanks for your help,
> > Sue.

>

 
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