DVD & VHS gems?

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Trey
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    The end of renting VHS has probably spurred people to build up vast DVD collections, but which items do you particularly cherish? One vote for Wayne & Garth with their Pacer, lol.

 

  http://www.facebook.com/pages/create.php#!/pages/AMC-Pacer-Fan-Page/216732805012232?sk=wall

 

  Seven Nights In Japan

  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ha5ipWJEBuc

  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidemi-Aoki-Fan-Page/149641291749915

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 Long live VHS, lol.

 

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Whilst on the subject of VHS ....

Does anyone have a copy of a VHS video that includes the excerpt I included on my blog here http://www.xj13.eu/XJ13/page/The-Original.aspx ?

I believe it was filmed in 1971 at MIRA and includes the whole racing history of Jaguar with footage of their other racers. I inderstand the voice-over was by Raymond Baxter?

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Slightly off topic, but is there a cheap, easy and quick way of converting video to DVD. Up in my loft, I have loads of marvellous stuff (both prerecorded and snippets from the telly) that I would love to be able to watch again.

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James Elliott wrote:

Slightly off topic, but is there a cheap, easy and quick way of converting video to DVD. Up in my loft, I have loads of marvellous stuff (both prerecorded and snippets from the telly) that I would love to be able to watch again.

Sadly no, however you do it, it's a real-time exercise. It is possible to feed the video into your PC, edit and then create a dvd from the highlights. This is usually the neatest result but you need a reasonable powerful PC, usually specialist hardware to accept the input and of course the editing software.

In the early days of our dvd recorder I did manage to connect our VHS to the input of the dvd recorder using a scart lead.  Set the VHS to play and the DVD to record and 2hrs later I'd got the tape transferred to dvd. Painfully slow, I set it up and then went away while it played. The other snag is that some of the cheaper scart leads don't have every pin connected, they are just set up for playback. The lead I used was intended for PC/video editing and is switchable for input/output.

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James Elliott wrote:

Slightly off topic, but is there a cheap, easy and quick way of converting video to DVD. Up in my loft, I have loads of marvellous stuff (both prerecorded and snippets from the telly) that I would love to be able to watch again.

Not such a difficult thing to do but rather time-consuming. However, you don't need to be there while recording takes place. Once you havve copied it to your PC, you can then commence the (even more time-consuming) task of editing if needed.

The hardware that allows you to record is cheap (less than £10) and freely-available. Lots on eBay similar to item number 400175949176 http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=400175949176#vi-desc

All you then need is some sort of video editing software - this ranges from freeware through to paid-for packages. You don't need a particularly powerful PC but you will soon gobble up available memory. When I first started transferring video to DVD I used a PC running XP Pro with only 2mB RAM and a fairly weak single-core processor.

Good luck!

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That is an amazing price, things have clearly moved on !

Whilst we're off topic - what format does it save the files in,  .vob, .mpg or dv, I couldn't make out from the advert but suspected .mpg from the comments about compression ?  Whatever format, it's a very cheap deal.