video capture

Can I capture video from a VCR with my tablet?

Analog to Digital Converter

Episode 1625

Rick from Redding, CA

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. 

Why can't I capture my home movies?

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Episode 1421

Gabby from San Diego, CA

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.

How can I transfer Hi-8 video tapes to my computer?

Episode 1180

Tony from Stevensville, MT

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.

How can I get programs off my DVR?

Episode 1033

Mike from Trebuco Canyon, CA

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.