At this stage I don't have a DVD or CD Video recorder. They are still way too expensive here - about $3000! And blank discs are $40 each! So it's too expensive for me and for people to trade with. I think sometime later this year it will be more affordable for me.
I am trying to do something to convert my tapes. The problem is basically finding a decent VHS capture device. I tried AverMedia USB capturer, but it has numerous problems - couldn't recognize my sound card properly, also it captures video and audio with wrong synchronizations. SO the problem is that first you need to capture it all to the harddisk, then you need to synchronize sound and video with some special programs, cut out all commercials, then you have to generate MPEG1 ( for VCD ) or MPEG2 for SVCD using some software programs ( like tmpgenc and this takes about 10+ hours for a 2h match), and finally write to one or mode CD media. Overall, so far it is too time-demanding process. As soon as I find a decently priced device that can directly generate MPEG1 or MPEG2 of acceptable quality it will be much easier. Eventually I am going to do it anyway. If anyone has any good experience with this kind of processing, I'd love to hear from you..
I agree YS, I will be waiting for simple and more cost effective way of transferring video tapes to DVD. Just too expensive at the moment, but I think within the next year the costs will fall considerably.
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