DVD recorder: This is the fastest
and easiest method for converting tape to DVD. A recorder can
automatically create menus and a playable DVD. Using a DVD recorder
is just a little trickier than programming a VCR.
Unfortunately, high-quality DVD recorders are disappearing.
The ones that still exist are mainly in combo VCR/DVD units,
which have compromises in quality and frequently break down.
Plus, most current recorders do not have the chipset for a
good DVD transfer.
Computer: This is the most time-consuming method,
but it allows for editing and customization. You will need a
capture card and a DVD burner, as well as significant computer
Video is recorded to the hard drive as an AVI, which consumes
13 GB per hour of video. After any editing, the video must be
converted to the MPEG-2 format, a process that can tie up your
computer for hours. Finally, the MPEG-2 file must be authored
in a DVD program and burned to disc.
Finally, make sure to set the bit rate correctly! Every DVD
video is encoded at a specific quality setting, or bit rate.
The higher the bitrate, the better the quality – but the
less video that will fit on the disc. If you do not understand
bit rates, you will wind up with a poor quality transfer.
Timeless DVD's benefits: We use
both methods in our transfers. Our studio employs a rack of
Toshiba and Pioneer hard drive recorders, which are considered
the best recorders of the past few years. On the computer,
we digitize with the Canopus converter, edit with Final Cut
Pro or Adobe Premiere, and encode with Cinema Craft, the same
encoder used by Hollywood studios.