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    Quote Originally Posted by Djinn View Post
    I spent a few bucks on a brand new cassette player, which I hoped would be gentle with the old tapes. I wired the player directly to my computer, and copied all of the tapes to my hard drive in an uncompressed format. Then I had my computer compress the audio to MP3, allowing me to compress each hour of audio down to a manageable ~15MB file. Don't forget - this was spoken audio recorded on non-professional equipment; not music. So I wasn't terribly concerned about quality loss.
    Hm ... my VCR is already hooked into my computer, so all I would have to do is watch every single VHS I have and I could record them. That would be a lot of hours just on the VHSs. (Well, not all of them ... I have a ton of Star Trek episodes on VHS I wouldn't do that with, now that ST is on NetFlix and seems set to stay there. The films, I might, since they aren't all there and tend to fade in and out, so to speak, though I already have two on DVD.)

    Quote Originally Posted by Djinn View Post
    Now, the tapes could be discarded, and the audio files could be played and duplicated any number of times with no degradation. Furthermore, unlike the tapes, I could jump instantly to any point in the audio. So my four year-old high-pitched voice, complete with British accent, is preserved for future generations.
    Nice work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Jeffrey View Post
    Hm ... my VCR is already hooked into my computer, so all I would have to do is watch every single VHS I have and I could record them. That would be a lot of hours just on the VHSs. (Well, not all of them ... I have a ton of Star Trek episodes on VHS I wouldn't do that with, now that ST is on NetFlix and seems set to stay there. The films, I might, since they aren't all there and tend to fade in and out, so to speak, though I already have two on DVD.)


    Nice work.
    Wouldn't it be easier to find better quality copies of these episodes? Lots of Roku channels stream them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnflesh View Post
    Yep, and being able to use them as computer monitors is really great.
    Do you use an hdmi cord to do that or can you do that wirelessly?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Madeline View Post
    Wouldn't it be easier to find better quality copies of these episodes? Lots of Roku channels stream them.
    I don't have a Roku device, and do not plan to get one. Basically, I want to be able to do this without spending any more money, if that is possible - e.g., by using the Dazzle to record the tapes and convert to MP3, or something like that, in a fashion such as Djinn described.

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    Quote Originally Posted by libertariat720 View Post
    Do you use an hdmi cord to do that or can you do that wirelessly?
    I've not heard of doing it wirelessly (cool as that would be). I have three monitors (including my 32" TV) plugged into my video card. The card has a DVI, VGA and HDMI, so I've hooked everything up based on the available cables. The TV is HDMI at the TV end, and VGA at the video card end. I suppose I could have mixed-and-matched differently (and still could), but this way worked best all around.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Jeffrey View Post
    Not that want to see Little House on the Prairie, but my VCR is hooked up to my computer so I don't have to give up my VHS tapes.
    My daughter shamed me into finally having my vhs tapes converted. Now what do I do with my 100 plus tapes that I still put in my walkman?!! I told her she out to be proud that I use an Iphone (finally) and text.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Jeffrey View Post
    I don't have a Roku device, and do not plan to get one. Basically, I want to be able to do this without spending any more money, if that is possible - e.g., by using the Dazzle to record the tapes and convert to MP3, or something like that, in a fashion such as Djinn described.
    Oh, for crying out loud ... you can get a Roku (or something similar) for under $50 these days. They practically give them away as prizes in cereal boxes.
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    I remember when TV had 3 channels and they closed at 10pm. Then Channel 4 came along. Our first remote control plugged into the TV via a 15 foot cable. Then the VCR arrived with push down levers.

    When we went on holiday to a caravan site, the portable TV was black and white. Once in a blue moon when James Bond came on, we went to next doors caravan to watch it in colour.

    Now there's 3 billion channels with nothing but repeats or crap reality programmes. It's obvious that technology containing electronics are designed to last a few years before burning out to keep sales going.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slartibartfast View Post
    I remember when TV had 3 channels and they closed at 10pm. Then Channel 4 came along. Our first remote control plugged into the TV via a 15 foot cable. Then the VCR arrived with push down levers.

    When we went on holiday to a caravan site, the portable TV was black and white. Once in a blue moon when James Bond came on, we went to next doors caravan to watch it in colour.

    Now there's 3 billion channels with nothing but repeats or crap reality programmes. It's obvious that technology containing electronics are designed to last a few years before burning out to keep sales going.
    Lmao... I also remember channels "turning off"

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