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