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    I am completely confused about this digital change over, and this is the reason I have a lot of equipment which I'm sure most of it is in analogue format.
    I bought a specialist Computer for Video editing some years back. At present I can hook up an analogue 'VHS', and a DVD player to it and watch either the DVDs I create or old 'VHS' tapes on the terrestrial 15' TV which I use as a monitor for my video captions.
    So far everything is perfect. So which stand alone system will I need to up date to make my system compatiable when this big changeover comes to fruition? I also have a Sky Box link up to my system.
    Any ideas?
    bimshass

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    You'll need a digital set top box to receive the digital the broadcast digital signal. To record from this source, just hook this up via SCART or RF to the DVD or VHS recorder. You'll be receiving a digitally encoded signal, but this is then decoded by the digital box. Think of it as turning the digital signal into something you know and love!

    so if you're using existing VHS or DVD recordings, you don't need anything more. If you want to record TV after the big switch over (when it comes), you'll need a digital box to convert the broadcast signal and feed this to a VCR or DVD.


    Does this make sense?

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    Many thanks Marc for your reply.
    I take it then that since I already have a sky digi box linked up to my system where I am able to capture sky programmes, then make DVDs and play them back on my DVD or output them back to VHS as well as connecting up my HI8 camcorder to grab footage,then I'm digitaly set up and ready Yes? because In that case I am in a comfy zone.
    Sorry I can't invite you to my home incase you trip over the wires. But many thanks for your information.
    Bimshass

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    You are indeed digitally set up!

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    Output them back to VHS? VHS is dead and DVD as we know it may not be around for long also. I think in the past two years I have only recorded 5 or 6 programmes off the tv onto DVD; I gave my sister and her partner my Sony DVD recorder at Christmas, and I don't miss it one bit. This new process that's coming in where programmes are recorded onto hard disk, you watch it once and then you delete it seems to be taking hold. It certainly saves a lot of space in your home and you don't have lots of dvd discs lying around (VHSitis) that you only watch once. It's just something else to add to the long list of items in our 'use it once, then throw it away society'.

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    Default Output them back to VHS?

    Hi Nick
    Output them back to VHS?Yes Nick,
    I try to accommodate elderly people at the homes where I call into, from time to time to capture footage from functions being laid on for them and I get various requests from them.But I quite agree with your sentiments.
    thanks again Bimshass

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    Hence the captions, eh? So it this something you do for free? A sterling service.

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    In a word Marc yes
    I have been interested in the art of video editing when I first came across a Mag call 'computer video'.My first capture card was the DC 30 which I bought from an editing company called DVC. It came complete with demonstration and tutoring VHS tape which I still have. It was the bees knees then even though it could only capture 10 mins of footage and out of that you could loose 5 minutes in drop frames since then by annually subscribing to this Mag It featured the DVD500 capture card which I still use to this day It allows unlimited minutes of capture depending on the size of your hard drive plus it can capture analogue and out put to digital, so the best middle of the road camcorder was the Sony HI 8 until I decide to go for a digital 'corder, then I won't have to get another capture card.
    I once captured footage with this card off the TV and forget to stop it and off to bed I went .Next morning it had used up 90GB of space and never once dropped a frame.
    So you see I have no wish for Avid Canopus or any other cards I have great pleasure in video editing and I can capture from any source and output to the same From time I make a little cash when asked by people who know what I can do with old footage taken.I revive old wedding and birthday footage done by a family member or friend who has more body parts, ground shots or sky scenes than needed.I gather information from them like favourite music, stills sayings/captions,whatever memobilia they have to recreate the moment for them.I then put it out on DVD with its label dated and titled and design a presentation DVD case with the appropiate theme. So yes Marc I mainly do it for free.as I have no outlets or professional skills. I only have a HI8 casmcorder and I couldn't justify spending out on a semi-pro digital 'corder.
    Many thanks for the interest.
    Bimshass

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    Good stuff! It's all too easy to get tied up in the latest and greatest gadgets, and forget that's about having fun. I must admit I love to spend my hard earned cash on new toys, but it certainly doesn't make you any better! Our regulars here are always posting innovative ways of doing things on the cheap... and love to compare the latest High Definition cameras to bog standard DV ones to highlight the latest isn't always the greatest.

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