I would be so grateful for somebody's help. I have a Dell 2350 desktop pc with a 2.50GHz/512k integrated sound, card, video and NIC (whatever all that means). I am perfectly capable of transferring film from my Sony TRV33 to this desktop, editing it with Pinnacle Studio 8 and with Sonic MyDVD making a dvd. No problem.
However I have about 15 x 3hr videocassette tapes that I would like to transfer to dvd, but my dvd player (standalone) is play only.
I have 2 x dvd recorders, a NEC +R/RW on the desktop, and another, a Sony +/- R/RW on my new laptop. This new laptop (Sony 315S) also has an AV out (for TV and line out) [I took this info from the spec sheet!]. The Sony has an ATI Radeon IGP 345M Chipset integrated for 3d performance and up to 128 mb of memory - again this was taken from the spec sheet.
Can someone please tell me if I can use the AV out to transfer the vhs cassette material onto the rw dvd drive on my laptop. If so, how do I do it! I have tried connecting the laptop to both the vcr and the tv, but nothing happens, so I guess I might need some software?
Sony's manual is not very clear for dim people like me!
Any help that anyone can give me, even if it is to say it's not possible, will stop me spending hours trying to achieve the impossible.