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ankush patel

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hey,

i have a old video camera that records to the big fat disks then to play it you have to put it into the big vcr tape and then play it.

i want to edit this video, how do i?

what is the easiest way to edit it?


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big fat disks


you mean vhs tapes?

get a capture card/box for your computer, usually $30-$200

plug a vcr into the card/box. and run a capturing program that comes with it. import the video into your favorite editing program, then burn it to a dvd, or some capture boxes have a output on them for sending the video back to a vcr.
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sounds like HI-8...but I don't know how to edit them
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well i guess could be that, or maybe he means vhs-c tapes that you need to put into an adapter. either way, most video cameras have a tv output. you can plug that tv out into a capture device and do like i said above.
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Big fat disk?
Take a closer look at this.
If you play it in a VCR by putting it in an adapter it is probably VHS-C.
VHS-C is a very common format for old cheap camcorders.
the C stands for compact.
the tape is the same width as a VHS (half an inch?)
I had a giggle when i read a FAQ about why 8mm adapters can not be made for VHS machines ....
(how could have I even thought it was possible?)

so plug it in to a capture card or box using a stereo RCA patch cord.
(yellow to red to yellow / white to white to white)
If by some miracle your camcorder is stereo you'll need a third patch wire.
yellow to yellow to yellow/ white to white to white / red to red to red)
if you need a three conductor RCA they shouldn't cost more than $15
... unless you get talked into buying gold plated cables ....
(i seriously doubt anyone would design stereo on VHS-C)
the capture card/box probably comes with some very basic software. (and some cables)
I haven't found any decent open source stuff yet so you'll probably end up using the cheap bundled stuff.
(I think I have some U-lead ... U-lead is low-end software that comes with capture cards)
If you buy a really expensive capture card ($1000 or so) it might come with good software.
The software on the Macintosh computers is useable (I-Movie).
But since you are using a VHS-C don't get fancy .. straight cuts .. adjust sound levels.
You'll have to fiddle around a bit ... but it can be done.
there are many video cards out there that can output to a tv ..
Just record the playback of the edit with a VCR (don't forget to patch the sound)

If you like this kind of stuff you'll eventually get a computer much faster than mine ...
and use a firewire camera. ... RAM RAM RAMALAMA!

If the computer stuff becomes too much hassle you can "crash edit"

connect your VHS-C camera's out put to your VCR's input.
Cue to beginining of the first clip you want to lay down on the cam.
Lay down about a minute of black "leader" on the VHS tape.
(record AV input with nothing playing if it's not black you'll get blue)
pause the VCR .. .Press record (still paused)
now finalise the cue on the cam .. give yourself a few seconds roll in.
when the cue point is up hit pause on the VHS ) starting the record roll.

repeat this with every clip ...

(something tells me you''l be doing ome reseach on anolg composite capture and firewire)
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ankush patel

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well thanks everyone winston was right it worked.

thanks though

ankush
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