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  • Archiving video from PC to VHS using Firewire.

  • Sebastian Fudali

    May 28, 2020 at 3:37 pm

    Hello.

    Does anybody know a way to send a DV source video through FireWire to D-VHS deck to be recorded in VHS mode?
    I have Vegas and Scenalyzer at my disposal.

  • Bob Zelin

    June 1, 2020 at 6:09 pm

    what is VHS ?
    where do you get VHS tapes from in 2020 ? And D-VHS ? Really ? That is your archive format ?
    Bob

    Bob Zelin
    Rescue 1, Inc.
    bobzelin@icloud.com

  • Sebastian Fudali

    June 1, 2020 at 6:56 pm

    I’ll ignore the first question.
    No to the second one, I have just scored boxes of NOS BASF tapes when they were acidentlly found in the warehouse of my local blank media supplier.
    Yes, I have a D-VHS deck, really, it was painfully difficult to find, but I managed to get one.
    Yes, I want to copy mi miniDV and D8 live concert recordings I have transffered to PC years ago to the VHS tape, simply because I want to. Just like people record cassette tapes, because they want to.
    Now, do you know of a workflow that can utilize DV-AVI and output it over Firewire to D-VHS deck, or should I invest a couple of quid in a Blackmagic Hyperdeck and Teranex?

  • Bob Zelin

    June 1, 2020 at 9:27 pm

    you answered your own question.
    You transfer to a digital format and archive on a digital format. If someone PAID ME to transfer to an outdated videotape format, I would not do it. I won’t be alive that much longer, but it doesn’t matter – its a complete waste of time. I don’t care if you transfer to SATA drives, or SSD’s or a cloud site, or if you transfer to a single 1TB drive and then take forever to find multiple cloud services to archive your data (or pay for it with a real cloud service) – doing a transfer to D-VHS in 2020 is just insane.

    I have no idea of exactly what DV deck you have. Nothing has Firewire 400 these days. You take the composite or component outputs and go into “something” – assorted Blackmagic converters will be cheap enough (you need to probably frame sync it with a Teranex before it will get recorded onto something, like a capture card or Hyperdeck. Once its in this format, feel free to upload it to Amazon, Google Drive, Backblaze, or buy your own LTO solution. But certainly dont’ use D-VHS. Exactly what are you going to do when that D-VHS machine dies ? How will you retrieve your media ? Rely on eBay ?

    And since I am torturing you – let’s take this to the end. So you now transfer to SATA, or SSD, or whatever. 10 Years from now, this format will be obsolete, and you won’t be able to play it back (no different than DLT, AIT, DAT, iomega ZIP, Floppy Disk, etc.). So it is YOUR responsibility for the REST OF YOUR LIFE, and the rest of the next person that takes your place’s life – to migrate this data to the “next format”. OR you pay a cloud service, who will bill you on a regular basis, and do this “behind the curtain”. But yes – you will PAY AND PAY for the rest of your life. You don’t get to make your D-VHS tapes, and they will be seen 30 years from now on D-VHS. That is not going to happen. It hasn’t happened for ANY tape format, and it CERTAINLY is not going to happen for D-VHS.

    Bob Zelin

    Bob Zelin
    Rescue 1, Inc.
    bobzelin@icloud.com

  • Sebastian Fudali

    June 2, 2020 at 11:39 am

    You seem to missed my point. I have D-VHS deck, I want to record a VHS tape in it with my video, for the heck of it. Not a D-VHS tape, not a VHS tape in D-VHS mode. VHS in VHS mode, so that it can be played in any VHS deck. Which I have written at the beginning. The only detail that it matters that it’s a D-VHS VCR is that it has a FireWire input.

    Of course nothing has FireWire 400, this is why I had to aquire a Thunderbolt to FireWire 900 adaptor and then a Firewire 900 to FireWire 400 so that I can still earn by transfering DV and miniDV tapes to files.

    The DV deck I have is DSR-2000AP, but it is irrelevant, because the DV-AVI files on on the PC and some of them were even recorded in Digital8 tapes.

    It has nothing to with long term back-up storage.

    And there obviously are companies that offer transfering video files to various types of tapes, including VHS, but why should use their services, if I have a VCR?

    If there is no simple software solution, I have already tried copying DV-AVI back to DV tapes, Scenalyzer seems not to work properly in that regard, even though it should, I will give my PS3 a try, it has analog output.

  • Rainer Wirth

    June 9, 2020 at 11:27 am

    Hi folks,

    yes you can. A VHS recorder has no FW400 in-output. So you need a converter from FW400 input onto an anloge composite output into the VHS recorder. Best thing is to buy used euipment via ebay.
    I still have all the equipment here, but this is Germany. The box I have is a data video yuv to DV DAC-2 converter. I think that blackmagic and Aja have similar boxes.

    cheers

    Rainer

    factstory
    Rainer Wirth
    phone_0049-177-2156086
    Mac pro 8core
    Adobe,FCP,Avid
    several raid systems

  • Sebastian Fudali

    June 9, 2020 at 3:06 pm

    My VCR has FireWire input.
    As for external boxes, i planned to get a Hyperdeck andTeramex mini from Blackmagic, however it turned out I need to record stuff soon and not when I have the cash for more equipment.

  • Rainer Wirth

    June 10, 2020 at 11:02 am

    Hi Sebastian,

    you definitely need a breakout card or box.

    cheers

    Rainer

    factstory
    Rainer Wirth
    phone_0049-177-2156086
    Mac pro 8core
    Adobe,FCP,Avid
    several raid systems

  • Bob Zelin

    June 10, 2020 at 2:21 pm

    Come on Rainer –
    Sebastian is in Poland. You can get your old unused DataVideo over to him somehow, right ?
    It’s not like you will ever use it ever again.
    Bob

    Bob Zelin
    Rescue 1, Inc.
    bobzelin@icloud.com

  • Rainer Wirth

    June 14, 2020 at 1:55 pm

    Hi folks,

    you are right,

    cheers

    Rainer

    factstory
    Rainer Wirth
    phone_0049-177-2156086
    Mac pro 8core
    Adobe,FCP,Avid
    several raid systems

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