How to convert analog to digital video

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Converting analogue video to digital video is becoming more important at a time when analogue is becoming old technology. The difference between analogue and digital is in the way each captures video images and disperses that data. The most common examples of the two video types are VHS, which is analogue, and DV (digital video).

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Things you need

  • TV tuner card
  • S-Video cable or A/V cable
  • Video-capturing software

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    Connect your analogue video player to your TV tuner card using an S-Video cable or A/V cable--whichever your analogue player supports. The TV tuner is a device that allows a computer to directly receive TV signals and can also operate as a video-capturing device. When you connect devices, your computer will be able to read the analogue data from the device.

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    Turn on the analogue device and open your video-capturing program. TV tuners come with their own program, but you can also use editing software like Avid or simpler capturing programs like FX Vidcap.

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    Once the program is open, select the video format to which you want to convert the captured video. Go to "Settings," where there will be a tab that reads "Capturing format" or something similar. MPEG-2 is usually the best option, because this gives you the opportunity to burn a DVD later.

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    Press the "Capture" button in your capturing program and press "Play" on your analogue device. Once this is finished, your analogue video will be converted to digital video.

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