My uncle, who doesn't know anything about computers or technology, has an old family VHS tape that he wants me to take a couple of screenshots from because he lost the photographs of that particular occasion. I can do this two ways:
1) Take a photograph of the TV screen. But being a photographer I know the resulting images will be horrible.
2) Convert the VHS tape to a digital file and take screenshots of the monitor screen.
So far I think I am going with the second method. So here are my questions:
1. How do I actually transfer the VHS tape to my PC? What hardware, wires, and software do I need? If there is a decent free software, I would prefer that of course.
2. Is there a step-by-step tutorial that shows me how to do this? I know there will be a lot of little things I need to know, such as what file formats to use, and many more little options I will probably need to select depending on the method I will follow and I am sure there are many different methods!
3. Will I actually get decent images from capturing a screenshot from the monitor? Are there specialized screen capturing software that do a good job at this kind of thing? Has anyone tried this and got decent results? (I mean, VHS tape quality is not that great on TV so I donít know how good it will be after being transferred!)
I am using Windows 7, and ATI Radeon 2400 512MB video card that came with the PC about 4 years ago (the video card has not been updated since I bought the PC because the updates make it not work with Windows 7óI will just get a black screen if I update it), and I am using Dell 24Ē LPS monitor which has amazing dynamic range and sharpness (I donít know if the monitor makes any different).
I am looking forward to your feedback, and feel free to give me any additional information,
PS: Sorry for starting a new thread. I realized other people have started similar threads, but because I really donít know anything about this topic I couldnít correlate their needs with mine.