Can I import video from a VCR (analog source) into windows media?

Discussion in 'Windows Media Center' started by chad, Dec 23, 2003.

  1. chad

    chad Guest

    Is there a way to import analog video into my computer (windows media center pc w/ coax input on video card) and then change it into a digital format (e.g. mpeg) so that I can burn it onto a DVD (i have a DVD recorder as well). Any tips would be appreciated.

    Thx
     
    chad, Dec 23, 2003
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  2. chad

    Flawless Guest

    As far as I know its not possible in Windows Media Center. A great tool to use that can do this is a tool called "Dazzle" you can hook your VCR up to the handy USB device and record from the VCR. You can then get some burning software and burn it to your DVD.

    There might be a way to do this, and someone will probably come out with an addon to do this if there isn't. But if anyone know of a way to do this through WME, please share.
     
    Flawless, Dec 23, 2003
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  3. chad

    chadinark Guest

    Ya know it is really pathethic that microsoft advertises this Media
    Center Ed. as such a great multi-purpose tool for doing all kinds of
    things with video and other types of media, you spend a couple grand
    on a high powered computer to run it all, and then ... sorry, but
    nothing on this computer allows you to do something as freakin'
    simple as importing video from a analog source .... go spend another
    $100 or so...

    pathetic.

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    Everything about Windows XP Media Center Edition
     
    chadinark, Dec 24, 2003
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  4. chad

    dodge9 Guest

    Actually, you could hook the VCR up to your MCE, but it would recor
    to dvr-ms file format. You could look around to see if there ar
    freeware apps that would capture the video & record to mpeg. I kno
    there are commericial ones available
    Ya know it is really pathethic that microsoft advertises this Medi
    Center Ed. as such a great multi-purpose tool for doing all kinds o
    things with video and other types of media, you spend a couple gran
    on a high powered computer to run it all, and then ... sorry, bu
    nothing on this computer allows you to do something as freakin
    simple as importing video from a analog source .... go spend anothe
    $100 or so..
    Posted via http://www.xpMCE.co
    Everything about Windows XP Media Center Edition
     
    dodge9, Dec 24, 2003
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    Bob Guest

    Chad,

    I've digitized several home VHS videos on my MCE PC using Movie Mill (for
    Emuzed tuners/capture cards only). There is also a similar application
    available for Hauppauge cards. I'm not sure about others.

    Which tuner/capture card do you have?

    -Bob
     
    Bob, Dec 24, 2003
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    JAS Guest

    If the VCR is in the same path as your normal connection, then you shoud
    be able to force a manual record to get the content on your machine as a
    ..dvr-ms file. A growing number of 3rd party apps will be able to get this
    file format onto a DVD. Sonic MyDVD was the first, but check this group for
    other apps that can do the job as well. Cyberlink Powerdirector 3.0 has a
    free 30 day trial that converts .dvr-ms files to mpeg for editing.

    center pc w/ coax input on video card) and then change it into a digital
    format (e.g. mpeg) so that I can burn it onto a DVD (i have a DVD recorder
    as well). Any tips would be appreciated.
     
    JAS, Dec 24, 2003
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    EdB Guest

    I just got back from CompUSA where I was shown the HP Media Center m370n,
    and a Sony VAIO (forgot the model). On the the front of each are RCA jacks
    for VCR input which, I was told, were there specifically to allow ease of
    analog video tape transfer for DVD burning. I'm new to the party here, only
    now starting to check into what's available to help me finally transfer my
    aging SuperBeta tapes to DVD. (Stop laughing.) So was the CompUSA guy
    wrong? Is this really not possible?
     
    EdB, Dec 24, 2003
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    Ron Rector Guest

    You will have to run through the tv signal wizard and
    choose yes to set top box. Then follow through the
    prompts. Depending on the brand of computer you have may
    dictate how to set it up. Go to the pc manufacturers
    website and search there knowledge base for analog video
    recording in media center edition or perhaps contact them
    directly. They shoud be able to get it up and running.
    (windows media center pc w/ coax input on video card) and
    then change it into a digital format (e.g. mpeg) so that
    I can burn it onto a DVD (i have a DVD recorder as
    well). Any tips would be appreciated.
     
    Ron Rector, Dec 24, 2003
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  9. chad

    i did it Guest

    went into mce then to set up signal had to use satilite then it took my vcr signal make sure your channels on the tv and vcr are tuned to the correct channel
     
    i did it, Dec 30, 2003
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    zray Guest

    ----- i did it wrote: ----

    went into mce then to set up signal had to use satilite then it took my vcr signal make sure your channels on the tv and vcr are tuned to the correct channe

    I'm trying to do the same - I'm still not sure what you did - I tried what your saying and it kep asking for my remote to be learned but I didn't get the VCR to come up.
     
    zray, Dec 31, 2003
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