Video Reproduction

Written by Serena Berger
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If you have home movies on VHS tapes, it might be the time to transfer everything to DVD. With computer hardware prices as low as they are, it shouldn't be too hard to acquire the equipment you will need. To burn the DVDs, you will obviously need a DVD burner and the accompanying software. Once you have the video files on your computer, you'll have many options for software that will let you edit, cut, and manipulate the video and audio like a professional.

Video Reproduction on Your Computer
Getting the video onto your computer, however, is the first step. The process of transferring video to your computer for video reproduction is very similar to dubbing VHS tapes, where one VCR is used to play a VHS tape and another is used to record onto a blank tape. In digitizing your videos, your VCR is simply connected to your computer instead of another VCR.

You will need a piece of hardware installed on your computer to allow you to transfer video to it. Basic TV tuner cards are widely available and often include a composite video input to which you can connect the video output of the VCR. You could also use a coaxial cable to connect the VCR to the tuner card, but this will result in picture quality inferior to what you would get with a composite connection. Composite cables and an adapter will let you connect the audio output of the VCR to your tuner card.

If you do not want to use a tuner card but would rather invest in more specialized hardware, a number of video capture devices are available. Most of these include software that will aid you in video reproduction. These devices typically have additional inputs such as S-Video, allowing you to use the best possible cables to transfer the video to your computer. Bear in mind that the video quality will not improve over what it was on VHS. It can, however, deteriorate if you use low quality cables.

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