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Any software for dubbing from VHS?

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    My brother's PC has a Nebula PCI card in it, which won't be used for the Tuner as there aren't any 64-bit BDA drivers for it but he'd like to be able to use it's video/audio inputs to dub some of his VHS tapes onto HDD for burning to DVD.

    The Nebula software does have some such recording feature from what I remember but it's a rather minor part of the software, whose main purpose is for the TV recording, EPG part which he won't be using so I'd rather avoid installing that and find something more suitable and slicker for this specific task.





    So, can anyone recommend anything, free preferably?
     
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    If there are no working drivers installed then it can't be used.
     
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    There are working WDM drivers just not BDA drivers for the tuner, so that can't be used in MP.
     
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    I'm not sure if this helps, but the best way iv'e found to to convert VHS tapes to hard drive is with a Hauppage hd pvr 1212 and the included arcsoft capture software.

    I have done around 800 VHS tapes with this and the quality of the video files are amazing.

    I also spent 2 years trying to research what the best way to rip VHS tapes was, and even though it's not really cheap to do it is the cheapest and best way to go.
     
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    Thanks for the tip. I'm not really looking to buy anything else at this time as I already have this card and just want to give my brother the option to be able to dub some videos if he wants to (and he may not).
     
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    AIUI analog tuners with WDM drivers are supported. That is how the analog support works.
    Digital = BDA
    Analog = WDM
    (Note: BDA does support analog too, we just haven't implemented it that way.)

    It might work, but don't expect it to be straightforward if you have to use software encoders.
     
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    OK but the Nebula is a DVB-T Freeview tuner ;)

    I've got a Nova-T 500 in there for the tuner anyway, so I've only put the Nebula card in there for the video input.
     
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    This?
    http://www.nebula-media.com/products/dvb-t.asp

    If it is a hybrid DVB-T/analog tuner it might work.
    If it is only a DVB-T tuner (ie. not hybrid) with analog inputs then it won't work (just like the Hauppauge Nova S Plus).
    If it only has a video AV input (ie. the yellow plug) and no audio AV inputs then it won't work.
     
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    It's a DVB-T tuner with analog video input, not an analog tuner. As we no longer have any analog TV signal transmitted here in the UK, an analog tuner wouldn't be much use anyway ;)

    Reading what it says on the drivers page again, I'm not actually sure I could use the video input with WDM drivers with anything other than the DigiTV software though and might need BDA drivers to do that :(
     
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    Okay - it won't work in MP as an analog video input.
    Aside: has all FM in the UK gone to DAB/DAB+ as well?



    Guess you'll just have to try and see. The fact that it says "3rd party" for the BDA driver is certainly referring to DVB-T. Whether the WDM driver supports DVB-T as well I don't know, but to me it looks like an analog driver (I checked the inf script).
     
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