Frequently Asked Questions: VHS/DVD

This page helps to answer FAQ

Media Librarian

Winifred Fordham Metz
Contact:
Media Resources Center in the Undergraduate Library
(919) 962-4099

VHS/DVD into iMovie

  • Turn on the DVD player (or VCR), the DV Deck, and the Monitor.
  • If using the DVD player, ask the Lab Attendant for a remote
  • Set the DV Deck INPUT SELECT to VIDEO
  • Set the INPUT SELECT on the JVC AV selector to VHS or DVD
  • Play your DVD or VHS and make sure it is displaying on the monitor. If not, get the Lab Attendant to help.
  • Open iMovie
  • Click on the Camera icon on the left-hand side, click Import… to start capturing clips
  • If you do not see your movie playing, make sure you are in the import window (Camera icon). If your DVD or VHS is still not playing, please refer to this troubleshooting page or ask the Lab Attendant.

VHS/DVD into Final Cut Pro

Follow these steps in this order for the smoothest possible process:

  • Turn on the DVD player (or VCR), the DV Deck, and the Monitor.
  • If using the DVD player, ask the Lab Attendant for a remote
  • Set the DV Deck INPUT SELECT to VIDEO
  • Set the INPUT SELECT on the JVC AV selector to VHS or DVD
  • Play your DVD or VHS and make sure it is displaying on the monitor. If not, get the Lab Attendant to help.
  • Open Final Cut Pro
  • Save your project
  • Open up Log and Capture (⌘ 8 )
  • Under the Capture Settings tab, change Device Control to “Non-Controllable Device”, leave Capture/Input set to DV NTSC unless you are importing a PAL tape or disc.
  • When you hit play on the VCR or DVD player you should see it in the preview window
  • To start importing, click the capture “Now” button
  • To stop importing, hit the esc key. Your captured clip will appear in your project’s bin

Copy VHS to DVD

  • You will want to use Duplication Station A.
  • Find the machine labeled GoVideo, and turn it on. Turn on the TV next to it.
  • Insert your VHS into the VCR and cue it up to where you want to start recording.
  • Insert a blank DVD in the DVD drive.
  • Switch back to VCR mode using the remote and press play.
  • Immediately press the Copy button on the front of the machine.
  • There will be a dialog box asking that you want to copy from tape to DVD. Okay this message using the remote
  • While it is copying you should see the word REC illuminated on the front of the machine (small, upper-right).
  • When you are finished, hit stop, and finalize your disc using the remote and the instructions taped to the top of the machine

Media Lab Manager

Greg Klaiber
Contact:
919-962-2559