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Windows 7: Finally Got My VHS Tapes to DVD, including Sound, also editing!

08 May 2013   #1

Windows 7, Home Premium, 6.1, 64-bit
 
 
Finally Got My VHS Tapes to DVD, including Sound, also editing!

I purchased a Honestech VHS to DVD Deluxe 5.0 Capture Device. I was able to capture my VHS tapes to DVD and laptop immediately with no problems. It did take a bit of time to learn how to edit, once I had them on my laptop.

The best part is I was able to get online support from the Honestech website--believe me when I say their techs were very very patient. I am female, 73, and really not Internet savvy. I did find I had to look at the diagrams in the online manual to study up on the terminology. Yes, you need to know if you are pointing to the Clip Panel, Preview Panel, Clipboard, Storyboard when describing where you are having problems.

i.e.,

Lucy (me): I open the video I captured and dragged it to the right.

Tech: I don't know what you are talking about.

Lucy: Oh, I dragged it to the left, not the right.

Tech: You have to be more clear

Lucy: da da da da da

The tech is finally beginning to understand what I am trying to do.

Tech: You drag..... and play video, .....

Lucy: Well I did that and when I da da da...

Tech: Are you done talking? I can't tell you how to... until you are done talking.

Lucy: da da da da da da

Tech: Are you done?

Lucy: Yes.

Tech: You .......

After this went on a few minutes I realized I wasn't talking to my little brother who is usually my Go To Guy for computer problems. He works on computers for large companies for a living but expects me to do as much on my own as I can before calling him with my troubles. He will kick in with his expertise when I come to a total halt. Why, is he so mean? Probably because he is also the Go To Guy for his many old lady siblings, a brother, their families and friends, his family and friends, and a life.

OMG, I can't believe the tech didn't just hang up on me!
I had to tell him I felt like I had been talking to my brother. He pretty much has to stop me more than a few times to tell me to STOP talking and LISTEN.

I had purchased a Pinnacle VHS to DVD capture device previously, but was unable to capture the sound along with the video. I tried their online support and community groups, but was unable to get any meaningful help. So a big KUDO to Honestech for great customer support! Also, Best Buy, where I purchased my devices, provided some really good customer support.

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08 May 2013   #2

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Were these home videos or commercial movies? I recently got the same converter from Amazon but haven't tackled using it yet.
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08 May 2013   #3

Windows 7, Home Premium, 6.1, 64-bit
 
 

All home videos. Some as far back as 70 years ago (didn't have sound then), up until this year and captured sound along with videos.
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20 May 2013   #4

Windows 7, Home Premium, 6.1, 64-bit
 
 

I am working on a tutorial for Dummies as I could find little help with the editing, etc. from any of the online video community forums. Although Honestech provides an online manual, it did not go into some of the details in depth. I could not have navigated through the editing of the videos without help from the online Honestech Customer Support Techs (both through their 800 number and email support).
In response to my question on creating a tutorial, "You are welcome to put up tutorials online. As long as you do not claim they are official videos from the company, you will be okay use the product for review and tutorial purposes."

I would like to create a video for You Tube (but that is another learning challenge), so my first endeavor will be a tutorial I will post on e-How. Yes, this device did everything it said it can do!
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20 May 2013   #5

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

I hope you don't think I am being condescending but I think what you have done is brilliant. And to think that you want to create a You Tube tutorial is even better. It's something of a challenge but providing your editing program will capture a live screen then go for it. I bet you succeed.
Good luck from this side of the pond!
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