How to record from VCR to Windows Media Centre

Discussion in 'Windows Media Center' started by New Sue, Sep 14, 2007.

  1. New Sue

    New Sue Guest

    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.
     
    New Sue, Sep 14, 2007
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  2. New Sue

    Sven Guest

    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
    news:D...
    > 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.
     
    Sven, Sep 14, 2007
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  3. New Sue

    Eric Baines Guest

    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
    > news:D...
    > > 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.

    >
     
    Eric Baines, Sep 14, 2007
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