[lug] vhs capture - windows

Michael J. Hammel mjhammel at graphics-muse.org
Mon Feb 16 13:49:25 MST 2009

On Mon, 2009-02-16 at 12:11 -0800, karl horlen wrote:
> i've got some old vcr tapes i'd like to finally transfer to digital so i can get rid of the tapes. 

You asked for windows but since this is a Linux list....

I do this all the time at home.  I have a Phillips RF modulator into
which I plug my VCR's composite video and two channel audio (the
incoming RF is from the cable line).  I then plug the modulator's RF
output into a Hauppauge WintTV PVR 150 card which is configured under
MythTV.  I tell MythTV to go to channel 3 and then power on the VCR.
Now what plays on the VCR is recordable under MythTV.  I use MythWeb to
schedule an immediate recording based on the length of the video being

I use various tools to edit the recording when its done, such as
Avidemux to chop off the blank or noisy header and tail of the

I've used this to record a number of my VHS movies that I have not yet
replaced with their DVD equivalent.  

Michael J. Hammel                                    Principal Software Engineer
mjhammel at graphics-muse.org                           http://graphics-muse.org
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