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Posted: May 27, 2019, 2:30 PM Post
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Does anyone have any experience in converting old VHS tapes to a digital format? I have a bunch of old Brewers VHS tapes, as well as another personal VHS tape, that I'm looking to convert. I have the Diamond VC500 video capture device, but every time I've tried to convert the VHS tapes, the resulting video is extremely choppy and very poor quality. If anyone here is familiar with how to do this and get good results, any help you could provide would be appreciated.

Or... if anyone has had success converting VHS to digital in the past and would be willing to convert some tapes let me know. You could keep the old tapes if you'd like. I'd even give you the Diamond VC500 if you wanted as I only bought it for the purpose of converting these tapes.

Here are the tapes I have:

Official Tapes - I think I bought these at Jewel-Osco
Legends & Legacies - Memories of Milwaukee County Stadium
County Stadium - The Closing Ceremony September 28,2000
A new Era - The Story of Miller Park

Personally Recorded Tapes
Brewers vs. Reds - Final Game at Milwaukee County Stadium - September 28,2000
Brewers vs. Reds - Inaugural Game at Miller Park - April 6, 2001
2002 Home Run Derby & Celebrity Softball Game
2002 All-Star Game
2002 Futures Game

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Posted: May 27, 2019, 3:31 PM Post
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I don't know if they would do it since its copyrighted material, but you could try Milwaukee PC. I have had some old negatives made to positives that virtually no one could do. I have thought about converting my family VHS tapes over to digital, but haven't gotten around to it yet.


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Posted: May 27, 2019, 4:28 PM Post
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I used Editran at 126th & Burleigh for a bunch of old home Mini DV stuff onto Blu-ray. They did a good job. Fast and affordable and great quality.

I'm doubtful that you can ask a company to legally copy the tapes that you're describing. I think wherever you take it, they're going to cite copyright laws. I might be wrong.

Editran might know.


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Posted: May 28, 2019, 6:21 AM Post
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I did some more Googling and I found some YouTube videos for that video capture device that recommended adjusting some setting in it. I gave it a try and it seems to be working better now so I should be able to convert them myself. I’ll be able to get rid of the tapes and my old VCRs then!


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Posted: May 28, 2019, 1:03 PM Post
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mtrebs said:
I did some more Googling and I found some YouTube videos for that video capture device that recommended adjusting some setting in it. I gave it a try and it seems to be working better now so I should be able to convert them myself. I’ll be able to get rid of the tapes and my old VCRs then!


I work in video and have some (minimal) experience converting these. It's been a while but if you send me a screenshot of your settings I might be able to assist. just off the top of my head and without knowing if this is a setting, I would make sure the frame rate on the output (digital) is the same as the frame rate on the input (video). So if the video is 29.97 make sure the frame rate on the digital isn't 59.96 or 23.98.

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Posted: May 30, 2019, 9:22 PM Post
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The video settings with this software are not that complex. Basically just different video format types and I was originally picking one that resulted with a smaller file that was choppy and low quality. I chose another option and it’s passable.

Thanks anyway!


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Posted: September 17, 2019, 9:56 PM Post
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mtrebs said:
Does anyone have any experience in converting old VHS tapes to a digital format? I have a bunch of old Brewers VHS tapes, as well as another personal VHS tape, that I'm looking to convert. I have the Diamond VC500 video capture device, but every time I've tried to convert the VHS tapes, the resulting video is extremely choppy and very poor quality. If anyone here is familiar with how to do this and get good results, any help you could provide would be appreciated.


Hi there! I came across this forum on Google by accident when I was researching old Brewers memorabilia, particularly VHS tapes. Just this weekend I picked up the New Era VHS at a local store, and thought it would be great to remaster it for DVD. I work in the film/video field and regularly capture and restore video tapes onto DVD or Blu-ray, so I would be more than willing to help a fellow fan out. I don't use "all in one" solutions like store-bought USB capture devices to do basic transfers; I capture videos using high-quality professional equipment and then clean up the video and audio as best I can. That way, anything I want to preserve looks as good as it can be. It takes hours but I feel the extra clean-up work involved is worth the effort.

Regarding copyright, as I understand it the law allows you to make a copy of something you legally own, e.g. a VHS onto DVD. What you cannot do is sell one without the other. So if you wanted to sell the VHS, you would have to include the DVD copy (for free) as part of the sale. But making a copy of something you own, for your own personal use, is entirely legal, just as it is legal for you to rip a CD that you own to MP3 files and put those files on your iPhone (or similar device).

Presuming you are in WI and you want someone within the state to make copies of your tapes onto disc for safekeeping I would be more than happy to help you out. Perhaps you can drop me a line via PM?

XOANON


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Posted: September 23, 2019, 10:21 PM Post
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Xoanon said:
mtrebs said:
Does anyone have any experience in converting old VHS tapes to a digital format? I have a bunch of old Brewers VHS tapes, as well as another personal VHS tape, that I'm looking to convert. I have the Diamond VC500 video capture device, but every time I've tried to convert the VHS tapes, the resulting video is extremely choppy and very poor quality. If anyone here is familiar with how to do this and get good results, any help you could provide would be appreciated.


Hi there! I came across this forum on Google by accident when I was researching old Brewers memorabilia, particularly VHS tapes. Just this weekend I picked up the New Era VHS at a local store, and thought it would be great to remaster it for DVD. I work in the film/video field and regularly capture and restore video tapes onto DVD or Blu-ray, so I would be more than willing to help a fellow fan out. I don't use "all in one" solutions like store-bought USB capture devices to do basic transfers; I capture videos using high-quality professional equipment and then clean up the video and audio as best I can. That way, anything I want to preserve looks as good as it can be. It takes hours but I feel the extra clean-up work involved is worth the effort.

Regarding copyright, as I understand it the law allows you to make a copy of something you legally own, e.g. a VHS onto DVD. What you cannot do is sell one without the other. So if you wanted to sell the VHS, you would have to include the DVD copy (for free) as part of the sale. But making a copy of something you own, for your own personal use, is entirely legal, just as it is legal for you to rip a CD that you own to MP3 files and put those files on your iPhone (or similar device).

Presuming you are in WI and you want someone within the state to make copies of your tapes onto disc for safekeeping I would be more than happy to help you out. Perhaps you can drop me a line via PM?


Thanks for the offer, but I no longer have these VHS tapes.


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Posted: September 23, 2019, 10:23 PM Post
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Ah, that's too bad. Sorry for the intrusion, but I hope you were able to enjoy them whilst you had them.

XOANON


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