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    VHS to DvD
    Hey all...

    Question for everyone...
    I have a VHS tape of my barrel races & would like to transfer it to DvD.
    What is involved? Where do I send it to be done?
    I've heard Walgreen's would do it, but am a little afraid of handing over my one & only copy of the tape.

    Thanks all...
    TCP :cool:
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    Here's one Mac-Forums thread regarding VHS to DVD:

    http://www.mac-forums.com/forums/os-...to-my-mac.html

    If you need more info...please do a "VHS to DVD" Mac-Forums search. Questions like this have been asked and answered many times.

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    Well, you've effectively shut down any further conversations on the matter...
    so much for the personal touch? LoL~

    I don't mean to sound snotty, but I'm serious -
    I have a few questions about all this gobbledegook... LoL~
    I don't have a VHS camera - just a VHS-C camera - the tape in question is VHS.
    I think I have a mental block against this all... my personal RAM may be full?

    Look - I understand you may get tired answering the same things over & over again...
    (I'm a MOD & ADMIN on a huge forum, too) but I understand it's part of the position.

    And another thing -
    what happened to the good old days of offering inexpensive work-arounds to members first?
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheCloudPainter View Post
    Well, you've effectively shut down any further conversations on the matter...
    so much for the personal touch? LoL~
    Not necessarily. What I'm suggesting is (rather waiting hours or days for replies...if you get any)...is search Mac-Forums for answers. Since this question has been asked & answered many times before...you may find what you need in minutes!

    I even linked you one previous thread to get you started...AND suggested a search term to use to find more threads!

    Quote Originally Posted by TheCloudPainter View Post
    I don't mean to sound snotty, but I'm serious -
    I have a few questions about all this gobbledegook... LoL~
    All questions are presumed to be serious...that's why folks post them in the first place!!

    Quote Originally Posted by TheCloudPainter View Post
    Look - I understand you may get tired answering the same things over & over again...
    (I'm a MOD & ADMIN on a huge forum, too) but I understand it's part of the position.
    If you understand all this...then why are you being argumentative??

    Why not follow the suggestion I made above...which was to search Mac-Forums for the info you require...with the link I already provided to get you started...AND the search term I suggested.

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    the posts on the link you posted were outdated -
    does anyone know anything newer?

    I have no idea where to start - what might be needed...
    I've never done this before...

    thanks...
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    There's lots of possibilities, but through trial and error, the link below is THE best overall answer to your request:

    Video Capture - Turn analog into digital video

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheCloudPainter View Post
    the posts on the link you posted were outdated -
    As I also suggested...did you try a Mac-Forums search?

    That thread/link that was provided is just one of many found on Mac-Forums.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheCloudPainter View Post
    the posts on the link you posted were outdated -
    does anyone know anything newer?

    I have no idea where to start - what might be needed...
    I've never done this before...

    thanks...
    The posts in that thread are older. I think the last one was sometime in 2012. Normally that is ancient when it comes to technology but the situation hasn't changed.

    I was tackling this very project recently until my Mac Pro died. Every solution I found was either mentioned in the previous thread or more expensive than the units in the thread. There are some USB-based devices that may be cheaper but most, and perhaps all of them, are intended for Windows users. Given the lack of drivers I doubt these will work.

    I have seen reports where users were able to import the footage into iMovie by playing the tape back in the camera and letting iMovie capture the footage. In some cases it was possible to play the tape from a VCR through a video camera and from there into iMovie. Both of these methods assume that the camera is recognized by iMovie. The latter option also assumes that the camera has a pass thru mode.

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    Thank you all for the input!

    The good news - it looks like you can use a VCR for the capture...
    The bad news - lost all my VCRs in a wildfire in southern California...
    On the bright side - if I did get that, then I could use it for future use with VHS-C tapes
    (that I can't watch now anyways)

    Thank you again.
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    Personally I found the cheapest and certainly easiest way was to buy a VHS/DVD Recorder combo. You can pick them up for pennies these days, and you have no worry about cables, the need for a PC or anything else.
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    I know I've lived remotely for a few years (translate- in the sticks) & have been out of touch, but what are you talking about, Kevriano? Such an animal exists????
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    Yes they exist.

    Here's an Amazon link.... these are new prices of course.

    Amazon.com: DVD-VCR Combos: Televisions & Video
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    and they all burn to DVDs?
    (I know - it's like I just saw a unicorn or something... LoL~)

    this one maybe?
    Amazon.com: Zenith ZDX-313 Slim Progressive Scan DVD/VCR Combo: Televisions & Video

    *head desk*
    I can be such a blonde sometime... ugh
    you're saying this is an alternative to getting the tape digitally converted, right?
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    Do what I did. Took VHS tapes to a local commercial photographer who does weddings etc and he transferred them to DVDs at a couple of dollars a pop a pop. That is how he did it, connected VHS player and DVD burner and copied.
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