video conversion

How Can I Convert Portrait Video to Watch on TV?

Handbrake

Episode 1663

Dave from Redondo Beach, CA

Dave's friend wants to watch videos she's taken, and there's about 58GB of them. Would DVDs be a good choice? Leo says that DVDs are a technological dead end. He recommends an AppleTV. But she'd need internet access. The benefit would be able to play via Airplay from her Phone. But the videos flip sideways since she shot them in portrait mode. How can he do a batch conversion? Leo recommends Handbrake! It's free and will do all the conversion. But the flipping may still be a problem. The TV is ignoring the orientation information that is embedded by the iPhone.

Could I use a Chromebook to digitize old videos?

Dell XPS 13

Episode 1382

Mike from Los Angeles, CA

Mike wants to get a Chromebook. Can he use it to digitize video? Leo says no. It's just a browser and keeps everything in the cloud. As such, it can't do specialized applications like video conversion, because it doesn't have the hardware and software to do it. Chromebooks don't have a lot of storage, either. So what he'll want is a regular PC like a Windows or Mac. He'll also need a Firewire converter. The best laptop makers are Dell, Lenovo, HP, Asus, and Acer. Those are the top five.

How can I convert old video tapes?

Grass Valley ADVC110

Episode 1283

Steve from Irvine, CA

Steve wants to do some video conversion of some old VHS and Hi8 mm video tapes. What does he need to get in order to convert them? Leo says he'll have to have the player to play it back. But really, Leo says to send it to a service and let them do it. When he factors in equipment and his time, it's not really worth it to do it on his own. They will also clean up the image and make sure the tapes can translate properly. Leo recommends ScanCafe.com.

If he does want to do it himself here's what he'll need:

What's the best way to share family videos?

Episode 1035

Jonathan from Rancho Cuca Monga, CA

Jonathan is thinking about digitizing home videos for his family and is wondering what form of media to put them on since his family uses iPods and tablets, etc. Leo says that in that case, putting them up on YouTube is a good idea and he can just keep the channel private. It also means that anyone can watch it. Making it available for download means that he'd have to format it for different versions depending on what device is being used. Leo says he won't have that issue with streaming.

How can I transfer MiniDV tapes to a PC without Firewire built in?

PCI Firewire Card

Episode 983

Alan from Long Beach, CA

David has a Toshiba Satellite laptop and he wants to capture video from old MiniDV tapes. Leo says that David needs a Firewire card because USB just isn't fast enough. His laptop also doesn't have a PCI card slot.

An analog capture device like the ADVC110 from Pinnacle would be ideal if he were dealing with analog video, but his camera is digital, so it would downgrade the signal. David would be better off getting a PCI Firewire card for his desktop, and transfer the video to that.