June 15, 2005 1:59 PM   Subscribe

I am looking for a reliable and cost-effective manner to convert a single VHS tape to DVD. I don't have a camcorder or any other equipment to do the job and local shops have quoted me prices in the $100 range. I found several online set-ups that advertise in the $20 range, but I am looking for recommendations before I send the VHS tape off.
posted by ajr to Computers & Internet (7 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I took the advice from a similar thread and purchased a VHS/DVD recorder. I then hooked it up, made my DVD, and promptly returned it to the store. They gave me a cash refund and I felt really guilty, but now I'm over it and my whole family has a copy of my wedding.

I still feel bad on the inside, so don't consider this if you are the worrying sort.
posted by dual_action at 2:21 PM on June 15, 2005

I could probably do it. Is time an issue? Cause it might take me a bit to figure out the in and outs.

Also, I'd have to be completely forgiven if I somehow fucked up your tape. I mean, I wouldn't TRY to, but I'd feel like shit if I ruined your wedding tape.

How about I be your last line of inquiry?
posted by ColdChef at 2:23 PM on June 15, 2005

Oh, and because I've never done it before and it would be completely an experiment for me, I wouldn't charge you anything.

Unless, of course, you have an excellent spot on the route for Bacchus next year.
posted by ColdChef at 2:24 PM on June 15, 2005

There's a discussion of this at http://www.streettech.com

Basically, hardware to do something basic is going to cost $75 minimum. I would find a local computer club and ask around, or perhaps make a copy of the original to practice on.
posted by craniac at 5:24 PM on June 15, 2005

If there's a university or well-equipped high school in your area, go there and seek out some techie kid, who would probably only be too delighted to do this for you for the cost of, like, a sandwich or something.
posted by Dr. Wu at 6:56 PM on June 15, 2005

I sent you an e-mail ColdChef. Did you receive it?
posted by ajr at 8:24 PM on June 16, 2005

I did. Just responded.
posted by ColdChef at 8:30 PM on June 17, 2005

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