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Posted on Stupid Question #2 - VHS Tapes to DVD???

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#1 posted 08-04-2009 02:13 AM

It is not quite as simple as degoose says.
You need to convert analog signals from the tape to digital data that can be burned to the CD or DVD. I used Plextor’s ConvertX pvr converter box. In addition to converting analog tape to digital it will also allow you to convert TV signals to display on you computer and even record them. Check it out and see if it fits your needs. There are other converters available (some even cheaper) but some don’t work very well.

To do the best job burning the converted data to a DVD I would also suggest getting Roxio’s program called Toast for both Mac and PCs. It is the best program on the market for burning CDs and DVDs, including making copies of other optical disks and also contains a program that converts analog sound (records and tapes) to digital that you can burn to a optical disk (DVD).
If you want the DVDs to last a long time be sure to buy high quality disks. Here is a bit of information I give to friends wanting to make archival DVDs.

”After someone asked me about the storage or “shelf life” of CDs and DVDs I did a little research and came up with the following information.
For those of you who are recording things like genealogy records, family history, and photographs this may be important. I know I will be doing some re-recording of things I have to new disks after reading this.
There appears to be only two makers of optical media (CD and DVDs) that can reasonably claim archival quality….50 to 100 years. For technical reasons I won’t go into here the DVD+R is the best. Even those MUST be stored properly; a cool, dry, dark place….especially out of sunlight, and kept in an acid free container….not card board or cheap paper.
One maker is, Taiyo Yuden, and the other is MAM-A gold. The Taiyo Yuden can be purchased for about $0.40 and the MAM-A gold are around $2.00. So that choice might be easy to make because they are given similar ratings by the several articles I reviewed.
They can be purchases online from at the following web sites:
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<http: /> Note: The Taiyo Yoden are apparently sometimes being counterfeited so you might want to read the info on the Supermediastore web site about verifying the origin of the disks.
Here is a web site for one of the articles I read if you want more info. Some of it is a bit technical.
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-- Les B, Oregon

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