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How to Edit a Video – Making it Digital

One of the best ways to transfer video into a digital format is to do it yourself. This is not a difficult process but can be time consuming especially if your just learning how to edit video. If you have a video camera with a usb or firewire port, you’ll need to connect your camera or vcr to your computer, play the tape and capture video directly to your hard drive using some video editing software. But, if you need to transfer video from a vhs tape or a camera without a usb port then you’ll need to purchase some video gear like this to get your video tapes transferred.

Pinnacle Video Transfer

Pinnacle offers a device for capturing video called the Dazzle Video Creator Plus. This digital converter box takes the place of video capture cards and other computer components that used to cost thousands of dollars. For less than $100, it connects directly to your camcorder and converts your tapes to a digital format making video transfer simple. It will convert any standard analog video signal (like a vcr or older camera) and make digital video. You will need to hook up your camera to this device then plug the usb cable into your computer. The Dazzle Video Creator Plus also comes with some basic editing software to make dvd movies once you’re done transferring your video. For the price this is the easiest and most cost effective solution.

Dazzle Video Creator Plus

Dazzle Video Creator Plus

Quickly transfer and share your videos on DVD, turn your videos into amazing movies with Pinnacle Studio 12, and export to iPod®, PSP®, YouTube™ and more!

Getting your video tapes transferred into digital video doesn’t need to be difficult or time consuming.

The easiest way to get your video tapes transferred is to drop them into a box and send them off to a company that will convert them for you. When you’re done you will have great quality video without any technical challenges that sometimes accompany the manual process. The downside of this option is that if you have a lot of tapes or film, it will cost some of money. This company will provide this service for about $8 an hour. This will be the easiest way to make your video digital so we can begin to learn how to edit a video your friends and family will love. Professional video editing software will allow you to use this digital video to create some great family memories.


iMemories.com - Your Home Movies. Now on DVD.
These guys are doing the video transfer business right. The website is very informative and seems to answer all the questions about getting your video captured and returned safely including dvd creation and digital proofing. You will need to box up all your video to use this service. I will take a couoyple of weeks to convert your video but once it’s digitized you can preview it all before they make the dvd. So if there are clips that you will never use, like the one where you left the camera on and walked around for 10 minutes you can leave that off the permanent record. They also offer GPS tracking for your package if your worried about sending all your tapes and memories off in the mail.


iMemories has a passion for helping you preserve, enjoy and share the memories you’ve captured on film, on videotape, and in photos – before they’re gone forever. When it comes to bringing your film, videotape and photos into the 21st century, they’re experts – so you don’t have to be.

iMemories offers the following services:

  • Home Movies to DVD
  • Photos to Digital
  • Audio to CD
  • Custom Produced Video with Music
  • CD and DVD Copies
  • Premium Online Accounts (for editing, viewing, and sharing video and creating customized gifts)


2017-04-12T03:54:32-07:00 August 31st, 2009|How to Edit a Video|0 Comments

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