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    Hi,

    I'm sure this has been done many times but I couldn't see anything relevant when I searched the forums, so I was wondering if anyone can help me out here..

    I'm trying to figure out how to convert some of my VHS tapes into DVD's. The easiest way for me would be to transfer the VHS tapes onto miniDV tapes using my camcorder.

    Does anyone know how I would go about this?

    Thanks in advance.

    Bav

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    What is the make and model of your camcorder?
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    my camcorder is a sony pc105e

    i just found that i need to hook up the video recorder to my camcorder, but I don't think my video recorder has any video/s-video inputs!!!

    I could only get SOUND out of it and no picture :((

    Any ideas now?

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    I believe Sony camcorders come with a proprietry s-video cable. The end(s) that plug into the VCR would be the red, white and yellow cables. If your VCR doesn't have an s-video out connection, you'll need to get an s-video to scart convertor.

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    In Addition to the SVideo socket this camera also supports standard AV (on the docking station). USe the supplied AV to 3.5mm mini jack. Connect the Yellow, red & White cables to your video and the min-jack to the docking station. Set your camera to Play/VCR mode and follow the instructions in your manual.

    If your video recorder does not support standards AV out then you will have to uuse a SCART adaptor.

    Good luck
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    hmm.. this is confusing me now..

    Right.. luckily the camcorder came with a s-video to scart converter thing..

    SO, i plugged the red, white and yellow connectors into this converter.. attached it to the back of my video recorder and the other end to my camcorder.
    Set my camcorder to VCR mode, pressed PLAY on my video recorder and NOTHING.

    NO sound OR picture!! :(

    Don't get it.. if i attached the red and white cables to my video recorder directly (as there are inputs for these - just not the yellow one), then I get sound, which does make sense. But now, using the scart connector, I don't even get sound or picture.

    Any help appreciated.

    Thanks

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    Likely as not the scart converter you have in uni-directional. Probably intended to record from the DV camer onto VHS and not the other way around.

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    But the scart converter came with the camcorder..

    in the manual it says that you can copy VHS into DV, BUT, using your PC.

    Ie, you hook up the video recorder to the camcorder and at the same time, connect the camcorder to your PC (via iLink), and then capture using the PC. So the scart converter must be going in the right direction.

    I want to capture using the camcorder, as my PC is upstairs, so I would have to disconnect my video recorder from everything just to take it upstairs!

    There must be a way around this..

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    Millsy is right, the scart connector supplied with Sony camcorders is pin-out only. YOu will hae to get a full scart adaptor. If I remember rightly another forum member complained to Sony about this and got a free full scart adaptor in return


    Good luck

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    ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh... OK!!

    So i'm gonna get a 2-way connector.. but I've just had a thought..

    If it does work, and I can finally see the picture and sound on my camcorder, how do I record onto the DV tape? Do I just press the record button, because I'm not sure the record button functions whilst the camcorder is in VCR mode.

    What do you think :

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