How to Record Digital Video
From Your PC To VCR
Youíve probably heard about how you can save a digital movie from your PC to
a digital camcorder, but did you know you could save it directly to a VCR as
The benefits of this are many. First is that thereís no need for a digital
camcorder to do it. You most likely already have a VCR that you can output
your video to. The tapes for VCR are fairly inexpensive too, unlike digital
Connecting VCR to PC is a simple process as youíll see. Once you know how to
connect VCR to PC youíll probably use this technique over and over again.
Step 1: Check Your Hardware
The first step in your VCR to PC hack technique is to check your hardware.
That usually goes without saying, but both software and hardware are needed
to connect VCR to PC and get the results weíre after.
You will need to check out your graphics card. Get behind your computer and
look at the output connections. Connecting VCR to PC requires that you have
whatís called a 'TV Out' connection. This should either be labeled 'S-Video'
or 'Composite'. Either of these will do.
If youíre at all familiar with video connections, you probably know that
there are many different types of connections that you can use. Between
'S-Video' and 'Composite', S-Video is generally regarded as providing the
better picture quality. S-Video works by separating the color component of
the picture from the brightness of the picture, giving a better-looking
final image. Nonetheless, for our purpose, either connector will do.
Step 2: Figure Out Those Cables
Okay, youíve found your connectors and they fit in one of the above
categories. Now we have to take the next step. To connect VCR to PC we need
Cables come in a wide assortment so you need to find the one that fits
into your connector. How do you exactly which cable you need to connect VCR
to PC? Check both the connectors on your graphics card as well as the
connectors on your VCR.
For example, do you have S-Video connectors on both the graphics card and
the PC? If so, you need an S-Video to S-Video cable. However, if you find
that the resulting picture on your monitor is black and white, you may need
some help with a S-Video to composite converter. Beyond the graphics, you
need to connect the audio.
Find the output connectors on your soundcard. You will use a 2 x RCA female
to 3.5mm phono Jack cable to connect it to the audio connector on your VCR.
Check online for the cables you need or go to your local electronics store.
Step 3: Get the TVTool Software
Now weíre going to the software part of connecting VCR to PC, but first
letís check our results so far. If youíve hooked up everything properly, go
ahead and turn everything on. Turn on your TV and switch it to VCR channel,
and make sure the video recorder is set to the right AV channel.
No magic yet, just a black screen. The next important step in your VCR to PC
connection is a software tool. Itís called TVTool, and you can download it
from their website. You can install a
trial version of their software.
Once itís installed, it will present you with a tabbed control interface. To
see your video on TV, click on the big green 'TV Mode' button. Once done,
toggle back to your PC using the F2 key on your keyboard.
Now, how do we record? Itís simple. Find a video player for your PC. I
recommend the Zoom player because it lets you manipulate the final image for
a correct fit to your TV. Then, click 'Record' on your VCR and youíre done!
Connecting VCR to PC might seem a bit outdated to some people, especially in
this age of digital camcorders. However, there are simply times that you
need your digital video creations output to the tapes you play in your VCR.
If you were to use your digital camcorder to accomplish the same feat, you
would first have to record back to your digital camcorder (from your PC),
and then record from your digital camcorder to your VCR. Itís a two-step
process. But if you connect VCR to PC, you can do the whole thing one fell
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