Tutorial On A Virtualdub Vcr Capture

Capture audio and video from your VCR for free using VirtualDub.

Video capture cards give you the ability to save audio and video streams to your computer from outside sources. If you’re looking to digitize some of your old VHS tapes, your VCR and its included cables are the only hardware you’ll need for the job. By using the freeware video editing utility, VirtualDub, you won’t have to purchase anything on the software side either. In about the time it takes you to connect a VCR to your television, you can connect your VCR to your video capture card and begin saving your VHS tapes to your computer.

Instructions

1. Cue up your VHS tape to the point where you’d like to begin your capture and then connect your VCR to your computer’s video capture card. Connect one side of a coax cable to the coax port labeled “TV Out” on the back of the VCR and connect the opposite end of the cable to the coax port on your capture card (see Tips).

2. Download a free copy of VirtualDub, unzip the file and then launch VirtualDub (see Resources). Click on the “File” heading at the top of the program and then select the “Capture AVI” option from the drop down menu that appears.

3. Click on the “Video” heading at the top of the program and then select the “Compression” option from the menu under the heading.

4. Select a video codec from the menu to use for compressing the captured video stream. Xvid and Divx are popular codec options–you can download either codec if you are unfamiliar with your current codec options (see Resources). Click “OK.”

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5. Return to the “Video” heading and then select the “Format” option from the Video menu. Select your video’s dimensions from the drop down menu labeled “Image Dimensions”–click “OK.”

6. Click on the “Audio” heading and select the “Compression” option. Select an audio quality preset from the “Name” menu and then click “OK.”

7. Click on the “File” heading and then select the “Set Capture File” option from the File menu. Click on the “Begin” option and then press the “Play” button your VCR.