Transferring video from DVR to computer

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by Debbie S, Apr 21, 2012.

  1. Debbie S

    Debbie S Well-Known Member

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    After searching and considering all my options, I have decided that the easiest and most cost-effective way to transfer my recordings of skating events to DVD is to use my computer. I did some research and it seems I need some sort of video capture card or device (prefer something that doesn't have to be installed inside the computer) and a cable. My DVR has the component cables that connect it to the cable box but I assume I need to buy a separate cable or cables?

    My laptop is new, only 4 months old, runs Windows 7, and has Windows DVD maker installed, so I assume that once the recordings are transferred to the hard drive, burning the actual DVD will be straightforward (maybe?). It has 4 USB ports and an HDMI port - I'm guessing I should buy an HDMI cable to connect DVR to computer?

    For those who have done this, what equipment do I need to do the transfer? Any recommendations on which type/brand? Any other advice? I'm very no-teknik when it comes to these things. TIA!
     
  2. acraven

    acraven Active Member

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    Debbie, I've sent you a PM.

    I've never tried to move videos from a DVR to a computer, and it's analog (not digital) video that I'm capturing either directly from my cable box or from a VCR, so I have a feeling you will need to use different hardware and different software. I hope someone who has more suitable experience will chime in soon with advice. In the meantime, this link may be helpful: http://dvr.about.com/od/dvrbasics/bb/Considerations-When-Choosing-A-Video-Capture-Device.htm

    This is a good source of quality, inexpensive cables and related gear: http://www.monoprice.com/ . It will save you a lot of money if you need to buy multiple cables.

    This is where I order my DVDs and DVD cases: http://www.supermediastore.com/ . I use Taiyo Yuden 8x premium DVD-R media.
     
  3. A.H.Black

    A.H.Black Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for more information. I checked out the prices at supermedia and I think the prices are better at http://www.rima.com/. I have tried Taiyo Yuden, but I have had better luck with Verbatim.
     
  4. acraven

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    It may depend on the DVD burner, or luck in terms of what batch of DVDs you buy. My old LG and new HP burners have done very, very well with the Taiyo Yudens. I've burned over 5000 DVDs and have had no more than 4 or 5 failures that could possibly have been due to bad media, though I suspect they were caused by the impending death of the LG burner.

    As for Rima vs. Supermediastore cost, it would probably depend on whether you buy enough to get free shipping from SMS. I always do.
     
  5. A.H.Black

    A.H.Black Well-Known Member

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    My problem with Taiyo Yuden is that there is no specific end point on the recording. If I forget to set the timer or am not right on top of it, the space runs out and it won't finalize (at least it used to). With the verbatim, when I forget or get too close to the end, it stops itself and I can still finalize and I don't lose the DVD. I hate making coasters.

    If I am ever in a position to qualify for free shipping I will look into Supermediastore.
     
  6. ngcskate

    ngcskate New Member

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    Piggybacking on this question...does anyone know of anyway to repair a disc that used to play, but doesn't now? It was never finalized, I put it in the machine one day to record and it wouldn't load.
     
  7. A.H.Black

    A.H.Black Well-Known Member

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    Sorry, I have never found a way.