View Full Version : putting animation to VHS?

09-25-2003, 05:36 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, 05:44 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, 06:32 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, 08:02 PM
Thanks guys, I will try out the suggestions. I appreciate it much.


09-26-2003, 02:38 AM
Does the powerbook G4 have a S-Video port?

Linus Ericson
09-26-2003, 04:14 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, 10:39 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.

Linus Ericson
09-26-2003, 11:14 AM
Can someone check if this DVDplayer suport minDVD:


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