View Full Version : putting animation to VHS?
09-25-2003, 06:36 PM
I was wondering if anyone knows the best way to put something from a computer on to VHS. Here is the deal; I am sending my short animation off for film festivals. I have a G4 powerbook and used firewire to hook it up to my VHS machine to record out of Final Cut Pro. When I was finished printing the animation to tape I watched it and it looked like crap. I know VHS isn't the best but I have seen other stuff that has been put to VHS using standard equipment that doesn't look half bad. If anyone has any suggestions I would appreciate it much. Thanks.
09-25-2003, 06:44 PM
Maybe you should try a usb or firewire tv capture card. Most have at least s-video out. Its possible that you would get a better picture that way. I know that Aver TV makes a pretty good one as does ATI.
09-25-2003, 07:32 PM
make a search for general demoreel threads, this topic has been covered a lot.
here are some suggestions:
- encode and burn it as a dvd or minidvd (dvd format on a cd), should be able to hold some 20 minutes and copy it to VHS using a dvd player.
- just use the video out of a graphics card, most newer cards have quite a decent tv output
- encode it as DV and digitally export it to a DV Camcorder or Deck, then to VHS
09-25-2003, 09:02 PM
Thanks guys, I will try out the suggestions. I appreciate it much.
09-26-2003, 03:38 AM
Does the powerbook G4 have a S-Video port?
09-26-2003, 05:14 AM
How suported is miniDVD, can I play it on standalone DVD player?
What about PHILIPS DVD625 "DVD+R(W), CD-R(W), MP3, VCD, SVCD", is this minidvd ok?
And do I need DVD-recorder to burn miniDVD or can I use CD-recorder?
09-26-2003, 11:39 AM
not easy to answer ;)
check http://www.dvdrhelp.com/ for a compatibility list. if it plays cd-r's it should work though. on second though svcds might be easier & better for this kind of stuff
check http://www.doom9.org/ for loads of encoding & recording guides. not all of them are easy. but the good news is some of them use exlusively free- or shareware tools.
09-26-2003, 12:14 PM
Can someone check if this DVDplayer suport minDVD:
01-16-2006, 06:00 AM
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