How to Digitize Video Tapes using a Windows PC
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How to Digitize Video Tapes using a Windows PC

Learn How to Convert your box of video tapes to digital!
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Created by Chris Reaper
Last updated 8/2017
English
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Includes:
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Digitize entire library of video tapes
  • Burn DVD Copies of Video Tapes
  • Convert Video Tapes to Files that can be watched on any device
  • Create cutups from Video Files
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Requirements
  • You should be able to use a PC at a beginner level
  • You should be able to plug in a VCR or Camcorder into a TV
  • You should be able to plug in USB Devices into your Computer
Description

In this course, you will learn how to take all of your video tapes and convert them to digital. If you have more than a few tapes, this course will save you money and give you the satisfaction of doing it yourself. The materials required are very minimal and are mostly software. I teach using a lot of free and open source softwares that will help keep the budget of this project low. It is an process that is simple once you get the hang of it and you can help out family members, friends, etc. after learning these skills as well.

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone who wants to digitize and archive their library of tapes
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Curriculum For This Course
14 Lectures
01:30:40
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Introduction
1 Lecture 05:48

An introduction to the class including why someone would want to do this and how I came to doing this.

Preview 05:48
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Materials Needed
1 Lecture 09:58

In this lesson, we talk about the materials needed to complete this course. The main materials needed are a video capture card (Diamond VC500 linked below), audio and video cables, a tape player or camcorder, and of course tapes!

Preview 09:58
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Installing the Software Necessary
7 Lectures 34:06

In this lesson, I teach the students how to install the capture card drivers for the Diamond VC500.

Installing the Capture Card Drivers
01:39

In this lesson, I teach the students how to install the video codecs for capture. I specifically install the PICVideo MJPEG codec, but talk about a few others that I have used.

Installing the Video Codecs
19:12

In this lesson, I teach the students how to install the recording software for the tapes. I specificially install the open-source software called AmarecTV. I have found that AmarecTV paired with the PICVideo MJPEG codec give great results in terms of video quality and size of the files.

Installing AmarecTV
04:44

In this lesson, I teach the students how to install the free and open-source software called Avidemux. I use it because it is user friendly and fast.

Installing Avidemux
01:03

In this lesson, I teach the students how to install both Format Factory and VidCoder. These are both free softwares that I use. You will only need this if you are going to create video files for your various devices such as iPhones, iPads, Smart TVs, etc.

Installing Format Factory and VidCoder
01:47

In this video, I teach the students how to install ConvertXToDVD. ConvertXToDVD is an easy to use software that allows quick converting of video files and burns them to DVD. It is a software that costs money, but I think is well worth it. You only need to install this if you are going to make physical DVD copies. There are free options out there, but I prefer ConvertXToDVD.

Installing ConvertXToDVD
02:14

In this lesson, I teach the students how to take everything that we have downloaded and install and put it through an initial test to get it to play. This is the first building block to getting closer to recording.

Putting everything together and running a test
03:27
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Recording Tapes
1 Lecture 07:13

In this lesson, the students will learn how to watch their tapes and record using the open source software AmarecTV. Students will also learn how to take screenshots and mute as well.

Recording your first video tape
07:13
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Creating Video Cutups
1 Lecture 06:22

In this lesson, I teach the students how to create cutups of the individual parts within their tapes. This is an optional step, but is good for taking a two hour tape and splitting it up if there are multiple recordings on it. It is also good for removing the blue screens and static off of the end of tapes when using the timer features.

Creating Cutups with Avidemux
06:22
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Burning or Converting Video Files
2 Lectures 21:11

In this lesson, I teach students how to burn their video files to DVD using ConvertXToDVD. You may use whatever burning software suite you'd like as the steps will more than likely be similar. I also teach the students how to setup their ConvertXToDVD software like mine.

Burn Video files to DVD with ConvertXToDVD
10:54

In this lesson, I teach students how to convert their video files into smaller formats to be transferred to other devices. The reason for this is when you use high quality codecs, the videos files become rather large. This step should be done after any video editing steps are done. I don't teach any specific video editing that I do with my tapes because there are many video editing courses on Udemy that could be used.

Convert Video Files using Format Factory and VidCoder
10:17
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Conclusion
1 Lecture 06:02

In this lesson, I wrap the course up and give some suggestions on best practices that I live by. This method works with every video tape. I do not cover anything in this course for film reels. The process is very different and a lot more costly and labor intensive. I do not work with film reels and give recommendations to customers on where to take them. 

I also may be adding some audio converting to this lesson in the near future as I work closer to perfecting my various ways. 

Conclusion
06:02
About the Instructor
Chris Reaper
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IT Project Manager

I am an experienced IT Professional who has worked in everything from development to project management. I have been a developer on many projects with fortune 500 companies before settling down an managing projects for another fortune 500 company. I have a knack for designing business processes and user interfaces, which is what I primarily do on my projects with my current company.