Todd needs to digitize some VHS tapes. Leo says you need a VCR, obviously, and a capture card that goes into your computer. Then you can connect. But what software to use on a Mac? Leo says that the capture card probably came with the software. But you can also use iMovie, which is on your Mac. It'll handle it natively.
Rick is retired and now he wants to take all his old video tapes and digitize them. He wants to know if he can use his Samsung Galaxy Tab that will do it. He can't find an app to capture with it. Leo says a VCR will be analog, and the computer is digital. You need an Analog to Digital converter to do that. Once you get that, you can use any capture software to capture with it. A tablet though may not be able to handle that.
Gabby is trying to digitize video tapes with her computer, but it won't play on the laptop with her capture software. What Leo suspects is the the device isn't seeing her VCR. She may also need to look in the VCR's menu settings to see if it has the right output settings. The TV she has connected is probably causing a handshake issue, so it's advised to disconnect it from the equation.
Leo says that any kind of old audio or video tapes don't age well. The iron oxide will flake off and the tape becomes brittle. Loren will want to get that data off as quickly as he can, and he may only get one chance at it before they break. He'll need a player, and then he'll need to be able to connect them to a computer.
Bob has been trying to digitize his old VHS home movies and he's getting some jitter. Leo says that it could be that his computer isn't powerful enough, but it could also be the device he's using to capture the video. External USB 2 devices aren't as fast, especially for higher quality video. And it'll compress it greatly.
Tony has a ton of 8mm video tapes that he wants to digitize. Leo says that 8mm video was a great format back in the day, but it's important to get them digitized now. If he still has the camcorder that he used, and it still works, he can probably connect it to his computer. But if it's iffy, he shouldn't risk it. It may be better to get a Sony Hi-8 deck, and he could probably find one on eBay.
Mark wants to convert his old video tapes. Leo says if he has a few, then he'd recommend a service like ScanCafe. But if he wants to do this himself, he will need both a capture device and a playback device. For the capture device, Hauppauge makes a great variety of capture devices. They also have capture devices for game play.
Jennifer would like to record video from her Nintendo 3DS and post it on YouTube. Leo says she can get a 3DS capture board which can then route the video signal to her PC to record, edit and upload. This requires an original 3DS to work though, so be aware of that.
Mike would like to transfer his movies from his DVR and play in his clinic. Leo says that Hollywood considers that piracy, but Leo says it's fair use. The only way he can do this is by exploiting the Analog hole. That means he'll have to plug the DVR into a computer that takes a composit or component imput and then capture it in real time while playing it back. It can be done, and he'll have to get some additional hardware (like a capture card), but he can do it. The other option is to buy downloads of the programs from iTunes or Amazon.
Tom has an old Firewire Sony HD camcorder, but his PC has USB only. Is there an adapter he can use? Leo says he wouldn't want to do that. USB isn't fast enough. He should buy a Firewire card for his PC, and then he can import the video at full speed and full quality.