I have looked through the forums and cannot quite seem to find all the answers I need. Heres my situation which is rather complex, maybe somebody can advise which route(s) I should take:
1. I need to record VHS tapes onto DVD. I was intending to buy/build a new PC from scratch for this task. The guide says that the quality is not the best using a PC, however I read conflicting posts that give me the impression the quality is acceptable. I would like a PC solution which will capture and edit but am concerned about the results I will achieve as I want to get as close to commercial DVD picture quality as I can. How much will I need to spend on a capture card that is good enough for the job? If I go too high I may as well just buy a DVD recorder instead!
2. I am planning to buy a mini DV camcorder (with analogue in) I would like a way of editing my holiday movies and again transferring to DVD. I read that another way of converting VHS to DVD is by recording to mini DV, transferring to PC then burning to DVD. Is this a good quality method? Better than above?
3. I am also looking for a PC multi-media solution for the lounge which will act as a music and DVD player/recorder, PVR etc. Are there any graphics cards/capture cards about that will give a picture on a TV as good as standalone DVD player. Yes I know I could again just buy a DVD recorder, but I want to be able to record Music TV to the hard drive, export the video and music files to an upstairs PC and extract the audio files to mp3s. I do not know of any DVD recorders/PVRs which let you put them on a network (to play all your music collection) or make PC friendly recordings like this.
Can anybody help at all....I'm at a multi media planning loss...I know what I want to do, but theres half a dozen different ways of doing it. I'll spend up to £1000 on building a PC base unit if I need to.