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Converting old home movies

If your like me you have some old video tapes. Mine are home movies of my daughter when she was young. They are precious and I didn’t want to loose them. Some are more than 15 years old and I was concerned they would eventually degrade so I wanted to digitize them to keep them for all time, as well as make them more convenient to watch. So I looked around a bit and found a cheap USB video capture adapter on Amazon. It was supposed to come with uLead but came with a barely functional PVR from a company called Honetech. I dug out the VCR (actually had to borrow one from a friend the drive belt on mine had disintegrated), found the cables and hooked it up. The code once installed is super basic but does work. I didn’t bother trying to edit the captured video, rather simply pressed play and pause and separated the videos by topic. On default settings here are the capture settings:
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The captured video ends up being 16.3M/min. So a 55 min video ends up around 900MB. This works out to only be around .27M/s so a USB 2 device is more than adequate. All of the encoding is done in hardware by the device so you don’t need anything too powerful to do the capture. The file once captured seems to require a video codec that isn’t there by default on Windows. Kodi had no issue playing it on a variety of platforms. DVD players also had no issues with it. At the end of the day the output is adequate and well worth the time to preserve important videos. The capture adapter was cheap, $20 so well worth it. Time wise it is very time consuming. 1hr takes 1hr (thanks Captain Obvious).
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January 30, 2017 - Posted by | Mutlimedia, Other reviews, Uncategorized, Video Encoding

2 Comments »

  1. “It was supposed to come with uLead but came with a barely functional PVR from a company called Honetech”
    So is your screenshot from uLead or Honetech? I’m about to embark on digitizing old family videos too. Have you learned anything more in the ensuing weeks that might be worth passing on as a tip?

    Comment by Mel | March 29, 2017 | Reply

    • I did everything with the provided Honetech. It works its just barely functional and buggy. In the end it got the job done with acceptable results.

      Comment by johngalea | March 29, 2017 | Reply


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