Digitize Your Family Movies: Part II

For those of you who have read the first part of this discussion, I’m pretty sure you have been waiting for this second part so that you can start digitizing your family’s movies. For those who haven’t read the first part, here is the link to the first part

– http://www.scancorner.co.uk/blog/digitize-your-family-movies-part-i-2

Since we have already learned about the several types of hardware that you could use when transferring videos from your VCR or video camera to your computer, are you now ready for the discussion of the digital video software and hard drive space that you will need? Then, let’s get started.

First, you will need a special software in order to capture, compress and edit the movie that you have transferred from your VCR to your computer. The digital software will also enable you to add more fun special effects on your footage, which include menus, transitions, narrations and background music before you transfer your movie to a DVD.

So, what are the special digital software that you can use? Here are some of the possible and available software for you to choose from:

  1. Windows Movie Maker – is a fun and easy to use video editing program which will allow you to make your home movies or your automated photo albums or your business presentations. The program features multiple transition effects, audio import capability and online uploading option. (http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-live/movie-maker#t1=overview)
  2. Adobe Premier Elements – is a scaled-down version of the professional-level Adobe Premiere Pro. It is specifically designed for new editors. This video editing software has clip organization, auto-movie generation and editing options. (http://www.adobe.com/products/premiere-elements.html)
  3. Corel Video Studio – is a fast and easy-to-use video editing software which will enable you to create ultra high-definition quality movies. They also have advanced special effects and new motion tracking feature. It also allows you to do complete production work for web, disc and mobile purposes. (http://www.corel.com/corel/product/index.jsp?pid=prod4900075)
  4. Apple’s Final Cut Pro – is a software that will allow you to log and transfer your videos to a hard drive, either internal or external, as well as edit, process and save the output or movie in a wide variety of formats. It also allows you to do multi-camera editing if you are combining videos that came fro multiple camera sources. (https://www.apple.com/finalcutpro/what-is/)
  5. Pinnacle Studio – is a video editing program that will allow you to access videos and photos from your HD camcorders and digital devices, organize and polish your favorite clips through its built-in media library, and create movies automatically. (http://www.pinnaclesys.com/PublicSite/us/Products/studio/standard/)

Second, you will need plenty of hard drive space if you are planning to transfer your videos from you camcorders to your computer. You will be needing 12 to 14 gigabytes (GB) for every hour of footage that you transfer from your VCR. In case you do not have this much space available, it would be better if you purchase an external hard drive.

Lastly, you will also need a powerful computer. One that has a fast processor or CPU as well as plenty of memory (RAM) since this will help you transfer and edit your videos faster.

If you do not have the time or the hardware or software to digitize your family movies, don’t worry. ScanCorner is always here to help you. Please don’t hesitate to visit http://www.scancorner.co.uk/.

Digitize Your Family Movies: Part I

Do you have a box or a drawer full of videotapes that contain your family’s treasured memories like birthdays, holiday gatherings, dance recitals or your baby’s first steps? Do you want to watch those family movies again, but the tapes are too deteriorated that you’re afraid to play them to avoid destroying the whole footage? If your answer to these questions is yes, then this article would be of help to you.

Basically, you need a computer and a VCR or camcorder that is capable of playing your old videotapes. In addition to these basic equipment, you will also need a video capture hardware, editing software and a DVD-burner.

This article is just the first part of the two-part discussion regarding this topic. On this part, we will be discussing how you can convert your videotapes into a DVD format using video capture hardware.

There are three major options available for you to choose from when transferring your footage from an old videotape to the computer, namely:

a. Transferring the footage through a video card.

This method is applicable if you have a newer computer version. If you do, check the back of your computer and follow where the cord from your monitor is connected to the CPU. Check if you have multi-colored plugs – red, white and yellow – on the same area where your monitor cord is connected. If you have those multi-colored plugs you will need an RCA A/V (audio/video) cable in order to directly connect your video camera or VCA to the computer.

If your video card has a round S-Video jack you must use an S-Video cable in the yellow RCA video input so that you can achieve a superior video quality.

If your video card does not have the RCA input jacks, you may replace it with a new one or you may opt to use the other two options given below.

b.      Transferring the footage through a video capture card or device.

Replacing a video card could be expensive, but you need not worry, there is still a cheaper alternative to this. You will need to add a video capture card to your computer. To do this you will have to empty a PCI slot at the back of your computer and install the video capture card at the empty slot.

Alternatively, you may also find a video capture card that has a USB plug which you can directly plug-in to an available USB slot in your computer. This is easier than having to install a video capture card, right?

Either way, once you have one of these in place, you can use the video capture card’s software, which is usually placed in a CD, to walk you through the process in transferring your video from your camcorder or VCR to your computer.

c.       Transferring the footage through a DVD burner.

If none of the above-mentioned options are applicable to you, then this third option might be of help.

You will have to buy an external DVD burner and connect it to your computer through a USB port. Most external DVD burners have a built-in video capture technology which will allow you to capture the video, edit and burn it to a DVD. So, it’s basically an all-in-one device.

Now you already know the process in transferring your footage to your computer. In the next part of this discussion, we will be learning about the editing software that you will need to finalize the conversion of your videotape footage to DVD format.

Continued in the next post