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Old 02-25-2010, 12:34 PM   #1
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Need help with video capturing.

I'm trying to capture recorded shows off my DVR to edit and burn to DVD. I have a pretty crappy solution at the moment.

I bought one of those $20 USB video capture devices, and I got what I paid for (crap). It can capture video, but I could never get audio to work. So I ended up jury-rigging an audio cable from the DVR to the laptop's microphone jack. It works, but not very well. I then use Avidemux (free) to edit the video, output to an .MPG, use DVDStyler to make an DVD image, and then use ImgBurn to burn the .ISO to a blank DVD. In the end, the video quality isn't exactly spectacular.

There has to be a better, more streamlined way of doing this. Plus, I'd like to maintain as much video quality as possible throughout the capturing, editing, and burning process.

Does anyone know a better way? Money won't be too big of a deal, but it'd be nice if as much as possible was free. I imagine I'll have to buy a better video capture device, but I don't have any options. I'm using a laptop because my desktop is too big to carry around. The only input for my laptop is USB.
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