Converting analog videos to digital

Converting analog videos to digital

Postby TenuredVulture » Tue Feb 12, 2019 10:27 am

Anyone have any experience with this?

Groupon often has deals for these services--anyone ever use one and have good results? I'm gonna use a groupon because it seems very expensive to me to go at list price. Two services on Groupon are Scan Digital and Memories on Media.

The odd thing about pricing is they don't seem to care about how long the recording is--one mini VHS tape would cost the same as a regular VHS tape.

On the other hand, I suppose I could rig up my old camera and connect to the computer and DIY. Assuming I can find the old camera.
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Re: Converting analog videos to digital

Postby Uncle Milty » Tue Feb 12, 2019 10:44 am

I think tape to digital is relatively simple, easy DIY. Film becomes more difficult and expensive.
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Re: Converting analog videos to digital

Postby Phred » Tue Feb 12, 2019 10:55 am

Many years ago my dad converted all of his 8mm home movies to video tape. 5ish years ago, I converted the video tapes to DVD at Costco. Pretty simple and inexpensive. I think we even had a coupon or it was a special through the monthly mailing.

It also had the added bonus that they put them all on-line on a site called YesVideo. Yesterday, I got an email saying that discontinuing the online viewing experience and that I had to save everything to Google Photos.
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Re: Converting analog videos to digital

Postby Houshphandzadeh » Tue Feb 12, 2019 10:58 am

probably someone at your university library that could give you good advice
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Re: Converting analog videos to digital

Postby Uncle Milty » Tue Feb 12, 2019 11:00 am

Phred, how did the quality hold up over 2 conversions?
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Re: Converting analog videos to digital

Postby Phred » Tue Feb 12, 2019 11:23 am

Uncle Milty wrote:Phred, how did the quality hold up over 2 conversions?


Good enough, I guess. The 8mm to Video tape was not very good to begin with. My dad had a friend of his project the movies and record them onto a tape so...

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Re: Converting analog videos to digital

Postby TenuredVulture » Tue Feb 12, 2019 12:04 pm

Houshphandzadeh wrote:probably someone at your university library that could give you good advice


I'll ask, but I'm not entirely certain about it--we have a ton of old VHS tapes (like most libraries I suppose) that are basically unusable at this point since there are few working VCRs on campus.
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Re: Converting analog videos to digital

Postby Bill McNeal » Tue Feb 12, 2019 6:54 pm

I bought a $20 adapter years ago that has an s video input and rca video audio inputs that connects to my computer via usb. Digitized all my own home movies that I had on vhs, dv8 and hi8. You’ll need a vcr, but it’s easy to track a used one down at a thrift shop for like $8
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Re: Converting analog videos to digital

Postby Bucky » Tue Feb 12, 2019 6:56 pm

i have a box full of 8mm that i need to convert at some point
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Re: Converting analog videos to digital

Postby Bill McNeal » Tue Feb 12, 2019 7:00 pm

Bill McNeal wrote:I bought a $20 adapter years ago that has an s video input and rca video audio inputs that connects to my computer via usb. Digitized all my own home movies that I had on vhs, dv8 and hi8. You’ll need a vcr, but it’s easy to track a used one down at a thrift shop for like $8


Something like this.

TOTMC USB 2.0 Video Capture Adapter for Windows Xp, 2000, Vista, Window 7, Window 8 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00M7T8T1E/re ... yCb3PSDE0H
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