Find the answer to your Linux question:
Results 1 to 4 of 4
All Apologies if this has been brought up before - I have limited connectivity at the moment and simply haven't got the opportunity to search through the forum (this is ...
Enjoy an ad free experience by logging in. Not a member yet? Register.
  1. #1
    Just Joined!
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    England and Egypt
    Posts
    24

    Recording from VHS ???


    All

    Apologies if this has been brought up before - I have limited connectivity at the moment and simply haven't got the opportunity to search through the forum (this is a copy and paste of a previously written piece!).

    I was just curious as to how (if possible) people go about backing up their old VHS tapes into Digital Format.
    Is it possible without a dedicated machine (VHS to DVD, for example)?
    What I mean is is it possible for me to buy some extra hardware/hookup my existing VCR for my PC (Linux/Unix compatible), install the appropriate software and start backing up all my junk!

    Although most of the stuff I have is simply laughable, I do have a number of worthwhile things stored on ye olde VHS that it would be cool to back up and playback at ease on my PC.

    Thanks.

    Dave

  2. #2
    Linux Guru
    Join Date
    Oct 2001
    Location
    Täby, Sweden
    Posts
    7,578
    It's certainly possible. Just buy a PCI TV tuner card and plug it into your computer and connect your VCR to it. Remember to check so that the TV tuner card is Linux compatible (I recommend one with a Brooktree BT848/BT878 chipset).

    After that, you can use mencoder to encode the TV tuner input to whatever format mencoder is capable of, which is, well... most formats. =)

  3. #3
    Just Joined!
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Posts
    38
    As the previous author said, a PCI TV Tuner and mencoder is all you need. I've been using the Hauppauge Win TV PVR 150 which I got a Circuit City for about $100. I got a cheap coax video splitter and split the signal right before the TV. So basically everything that goes to my TV also goes to the Hauppauge.

    Technically, you don't even need mencoder. To capture video off the card you simply start the video and on the Linux box type:

    cat /dev/video > video.mpg

    Hit ctrl-c when it's done and you have a playable mpg file. Granted, this will consume a good deal of disk space which is why you'll probably want to use mencoder to transcode the video into mpeg-4 (Divx, XviD, etc)

    Pete

  4. $spacer_open
    $spacer_close
  5. #4
    Just Joined!
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    England and Egypt
    Posts
    24
    Damn

    I knew it was going to something as simple as that..!

    Muchos Gracias guys, much appreciated.

    TD

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •