On Sun, Dec 01, 2013 at 04:36:16PM +0100, M. Fioretti wrote:
First of all, please all accept my apologies if I disappeared after
starting this. For several reasons, the whole "project" has gone on
hold, and I... honestly forgot there were messages that deserved an
On Thu, Nov 07, 2013 14:19:53 PM +0000, Marko Vojinovic wrote:
> On Thu, 7 Nov 2013 14:22:58 +0100
> "M. Fioretti" <mfioretti(a)nexaima.net> wrote:
> > What Fedora-compatible video capture hardware should I buy to hook VHS
> > players, Firewire camcorders... to my computer?
> For VHS, you want to get a TV card. Lookup "video4linux" documentation
> (usually called v4l) to find out what chipsets are supported by the
> Linux kernel --- before you buy the hardware. Also, in case of TV cards,
> hardware quality is usually proportional to its price.
> Another thing that I can recommend is to ask someone else to do it for
> you --- there are professional/commercial mini-studios that can convert
> your VHS to some digital format (usually to DVD), for a small price.
> Typically they own the hardware do it with better quality than you could
> do it yourself.
I started the thread exactly because mini-studios are NOT an option
for us. In my family there are lots of DV and VHS tapes where only 5
minutes, scattered through the whole tape, are worth preserving.
Mini-studios around us would still ask full price for any of those
tapes, with a total cost, I believe, a couple orders of magnitude
bigger than video capture hw and some hacking night
Marco, I have a (borrowed) device that sits between the video output
device (commonly a camera, but could be a VCR) that can take the analog
output of a VCR (or other device) and turn it into a digital stream
for capture in your computer.
Unfortunately, I haven't had superb luck doing the job, probably due
to my own ignorance and/or laziness, not having spent a lot of time on
It appears to be discontinued, and I haven't found anything else like it
(but maybe I just didn't look hard enough.) but I wouldn't be surprised
if you could find 'em used on ebay.
Dazzle Hollywood DV-Bridge
and the label on the underside says:
for inputs it has video in, audio in (both RCA jacks), S-Video in,
and firewire in. I'm trying to use the RCA jacks since that's all my
old VCR has.
For outputs it has the same set of connectors. I'm trying to use it
with the RCA audio out and the Firewire video out.
While I'm still struggling, my friend (from whom it is borrowed) says
he has used it in similar configurations where it worked fine. so I'm
sure all I gotta do is get my head around it.
Apart from this, all the other info will surely be valuable when I get
around to actually do it.
Many thanks to Marko and all the others who contributed to this
M. Fioretti http://mfioretti.com http://stop.zona-m.net
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