If your camcorder doesn’t have a USB port and and you don’t fave the facility to use a Firewire connection, then you’ve the option of an external USB connection. At Costco you’ll pay $20 for up to 2 hours of VHS content. At Walgreens the cost is $35 for one tape-to-DVD conversion. (Blu-rays are more expensive.) You can start your order online, then take your tapes to a local store. The process takes about three weeks, and you get your original tapes back as well as the files on DVD. Digital files are included at Costco, but Walgreens charges an extra fee for them.
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Legacy Box offers complimentary splicing if a tape’s film is broken. If you are short on time or want to leave it to the pros, there are a number of mail-in services that will digitize your VHS tapes for you. These are some companies that we recommend for the service. Most converters come with downloadable software to process the transfer. Before you begin the process you will want to make sure that you’ve installed that on your computer. Once the software is installed in your computer you are ready to begin.
Usually, after the connection, editing software in the computer is activated to capture the data from the Camcorder. Although it comes with a price, it can be affordable depending on your chosen service. It can be useful to transfer video footage from your Sony Handycam to a PC for editing, storing and sharing.
However, you can only use it capture still images and MPEG-quality video from the camcorder. If you have a tape-based camcorder, there’s a way to transfer video from your camcorder to your computer as will be explained below.
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In the mid range is the DIGITNOW USB Video Capture Card Device Converter ($21.99) which, in addition to RCA connectors, also has an S-Video connector. It’s compatible with both Mac and PCs, captures video in H.264, AVI, MPEG2, MPEG4 and MP3, and comes with its own capture software. From time to time Windows 7 may switch back to the original 1394 OHCI Compliant Host Controller driver. If you notice that the IEEE 1394 device is transferring slowly and/or is not recognised anymore repeat the above steps and re-install the driver.
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