My system is setup to handle VHS and MINI-VHS (VHS-C) only. I transfer the VHS to the PC in High-Resolution format uncompressed. I then import it into Vegas, and non-linear editing package originally developed by Sonic Foundry, now owned by Sony. In Vegas I can do all kinds of editing, filtering, and basic scene management. Ultimately I export the final format - for DVD a standard MPeg 2 and AC3 files, or if you like PC media I can export WMV or other PC media formats. Here's a WMV (Windows Media File) as a sample of a clip from one of my home videos: The Pumpkin Patch Video Clip
There are two choices I offer for editing:
Basic Editing ($25 per Tape + Shipping): The most simple method is to capture all the video and then simply place scene markers at 10 minute intervals. This allows the viewer to skip to the "next scene" which really just skips ahead on the DVD by 10 minutes. While this is useful, I find the Advanced Editing approach to my liking for my personal home videos.
Advanced Editing ($35 per tape + Shipping): Once I capture all the video to the PC, I like to edit the video into separate video clips. For example, the tape might include video from a trip to the park, a soccer game, and a birthday party. In this case I would edit the video so that each event ends up as its own video clip on the DVD. The DVD menu would then have a separate index to play each clip. When you put the DVD into your DVD player, the menu that shows up would look something like the image to the left. The background is an image from one of the video clips, and then on this page you can see 4 different clips that you can play. Each clip might be 5 or 10 minutes long depending on how they were edited. The DVD can have multiple pages, and I typically have only 4 pages on a DVD. So having 4 pages with up to 4 clips on each page ends up with around 16 video clips per DVD. I've found this to be a very nice format, and that about 2 hours of video tape usually yields a full DVD of clips. After editing out the camera being left on by accident to video tape a chair leg for 10 minutes, and segments that we've questioned, "Why did we record that?" there is usually about an hour of clips from a 2 hour tape.
In order to edit your tape, you will need to tell me what to keep, what to cut, and where to cut. Simply watch your tape and track the times using the VCR time index (Not the linear counter). Using the time index (Hours, minutes, seconds), make a list of clips with start and stop times for your tape. Then send me your tape and clip information. I'll turn your tape into a DVD that you can play on any home player that supports DVD +R format (Most modern players support this format - check your DVD manual or the manufacturers website for more information about your player).
Extra copies: I will make extra copies for you at $10 per copy.
If you're interested in having one of your VHS tape transferred to DVD e-mail me!