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Windows 7: Try to capture Music from Cassetes, and old 8Mm movies of the kid.


01 Aug 2013   #1

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Try to capture Music from Cassetes, and old 8Mm movies of the kid.

If anybody's done this, I'd love to know how. I have an apple box full of Cassettes with good music I like.
I'd share too
Just tell me how to do this little chore. I'm waiting for a good easy answer to this one.

Another request, Older yet is some 8Mm or Super 8 movies of my Son when he was a little guy. He's 50 now. Wouldn't let me take a photo of him if I begged him.

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01 Aug 2013   #2

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Search Internet for USB Cassette decks, for instance this one can help you to transfer music tapes to PC: Amazon.com: Ion Tape2PC USB Cassette Deck: Electronics.

Super 8 is a bit more complicated issue. The conversion itself is called Telecine, transform film to video. Basically, to put it very simple, a DIY Telecine setup would be a projector to project the film and a video camera to capture the screen. Googling for DIY Telecine gives you something to start with, instructional YouTube videos and such.

To buy a complete system you need a bit more money; this set costs about a thousand dollars: Movie Film Projector Telecine Video Transfer Dual 8 Reg 8 and Super 8 Silent | eBay.

Kari
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01 Aug 2013   #3

Windows 7, 64 bit Home SP1, Win 8.1.1 Pro 64 bit
 
 

I have a recording studio and use audio daily.

The free Audacity program is good for "recording" to the PC from external sources such as a cassette player. Use the "line in" on your PC as it is stereo from a cassette player. You can save the song files as wav (full fidelity) or smaller MP3 files (something less than full fidelity).

Audacity: Free Audio Editor and Recorder

Best option on the old movies are to take them to somewhere that will convert them to DVD for you. It will be less expensive than buying the equipment to be able to do it.
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01 Aug 2013   #4

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I concur with fireberd, no reason to buy any new equipment except, perhaps, a cable to connect your existing cassette player to the Line In jack on your computer. If you don't have an existing cassette player then consider one of the USB players that Kari suggested. Audacity is free and works great.

We had some old home movies and had them converted to DVD. The quality was so-so (can't get any better than the original film afterall).

I see that Walmart has a conversion service, cost is $19.96 for the first 125FT, $0.16 per foot after that. Unless you have thousands of feet of film, it's probably less expensive (as well as less of a hassle) to have the conversion done than to buy the needed equipment and do it yourself.
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01 Aug 2013   #5

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Many thanks for all those tips.
I'm gonna try the Cass/usb/PC for starters.
The Film will have to wait for now. I think it'd be easier if I paid someone to fix that for me.
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01 Aug 2013   #6

Windows 7, 64 bit Home SP1, Win 8.1.1 Pro 64 bit
 
 

If you want to go to the PC USB from a Cassette, you will need an adapter. However, if you go from the cassette player Line out or headphone out to the PC's "Line In" (Blue color jack), all you need is a cable with 3.5mm (1/8") stereo plugs on each end.
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01 Aug 2013   #7

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Hey now that was easy, thanks.
Funny, I was just downtown today but had a 'grandkid' with me so I forgot completely about shopping for 'Stuff' for my own projects.
He was certainly spoiled by the girls in the coffee shop. They loved making him blush.
I'll work on that recording tomorrow maybe.
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