View Full Version : Recording vj mixes onto vhs
27th February 2003, 09:58 AM
Can anyone give me some advice about recording my vj mixes on to analogue vhs format. I have a data projector using Sony Vaio NV109m. I use resolume and motion dive 3 and would like to be able to record some of our sets on to a vhs film. What would be the best set up in terms of cables etc.
27th February 2003, 10:21 AM
what kind of video output does your computer have ? or are you restricted to your monitor outputs.
Do you use a video mixer at all?
does your projector have a video output/preview socket?
The best quality can be got by
1) using good quality vhs machine and tapes and cables
2) taking your output directly from your computer
3) if at all possible record the output directly to digital video as the quality will be so much better( but the material cost is higher!)
27th February 2003, 11:09 AM
My lappy has got an A\V out and standard laptop connections.
I also purchased a matrox millenium g450 card for a desktop machine which came a cable which has a standard monitor input with video out and Svideo output. Hope this makes sense.
27th February 2003, 01:16 PM
I presume you plug your projector into the a/v out on your laptop when you play live, does this mean you have no other outs?
if so you need to get a splitter so the outgoing signal can be sent to your record machine as well as the projector.
The alternative is that the projector used has a video output (useful when 'ganging' projectors together to show the same output) and you can connect your video recorder to this.
With regard the G450 using the SVHS output to record the SVHS signal on a DV camera or Svhs recorder will give you the highest quality for analogue, but for the best quality record to DV.
You could then copy from Dv to Vhs (allowing multiple copies without quality loss)
I haven't had a chance to look, but you should find an explaination of all the differences in quality between analogue and digital formats in this forum.
hope this helps
27th February 2003, 01:20 PM
The sony Nv109m has a dual head graphics card built in. When I connect it to the projector I normally use a standard RGB computer cable (male to male) to connect to projector. I have never really used the a\v out as yet.
27th February 2003, 05:26 PM
if you have a vid recroder with 2 scarts you aint got a problem, have your 'puter output runing in to av1 slot and the beemer/mixer signel from av2 runing into your mixer or beemer, of-corse this will only record whats comeing out of your 'puter so if it crashes then it will record that as well, but the same principle can be aplied to a vid recorder runing out of your mixer to the beamer thus recording the finel output and not just from the 'puter it's self, depends how you whant to work
28th February 2003, 02:54 AM
remember you can get scart -> phono adaptors easily (from argos, maplins etc) that will mean you can take an audio feed from the decks / sound desk to record the music as well as your visuals
If you can take phono out of your computer, or convert the a/v to phono with other adaptors then you will have sound as well :)
28th February 2003, 10:50 AM
Excellent advice. I will experiment over the weekend.
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