[opendtv] A New Way to Convert Those Old Home Videos

  • From: Monty Solomon <monty@xxxxxxxxxx>
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  • Date: Thu, 9 Dec 2004 18:53:14 -0500

December 8, 2004
A New Way to Convert Those Old Home Videos


Many of us will be capturing memories on video this holiday season by 
using digital video cameras. But the tapes tend to be disorganized 
and can lie around for years. Wouldn't it be great to convert them to 
organized DVDs, divided into chapters, that could be popped into a 
DVD player whenever you want to watch them, or sent to relatives and 
friends with DVD players?

And what about that stack of old VHS tapes that's collecting dust in 
your family room? Those memories also deserve to be preserved on 
organized DVDs that last longer than tape and are easier to use.

Converting VHS tapes into DVDs isn't anything new or out of the 
ordinary, but because it usually involves a trip to your camera 
specialty store or the hassle of a send-away service, most of us 
choose to have only certain favorite tapes converted. Using a PC to 
do the conversion can be a hassle, requiring extra equipment in some 
cases. And using a standard DVD recorder usually just puts the same 
disorganized footage on disk.

So, this week, my assistant Katie Boehret and I tested a new type of 
DVD recorder that easily converts video content onto organized DVDs, 
complete with "chapters" accessible from a main menu, just like a 
Hollywood DVD. This machine incorporates the technology of a company 
called YesVideo Inc., whose automated scene detection and chapter 
creation had formerly been available only if you sent away your tapes 
or brought them into a store.



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