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Yes there is. In Panthip Plaza 3rd? Floor. 053-217949, 08-9191-4110

 

But be advised that they are VERY expensive. I took a a few (4) VHS cassettes over to be transferred to DVD and the guy wanted 6K Baht. He says he has to disassemble the cassettes and clean the mold off the tape before he will use them in his machines. He said it takes him minimum 3-4 hours per cassette. He would not negotiate. I've passed by 20 times and never seen a customer in there. So a few weeks later I asked a Thai friend to inquire and see what kind of price he would be quoted. He was quoted more - 6200 Baht (that should dispel an theory that farangs get charged more.) My friend also said that he would not negotiate the price and that he told him that he is the only person in Chiang Mai that offers this service because "nobody else knew what they were doing and they have all gone out of business."

 

I checked with a friend in Bangkok who is quite knowledgeable and he told me that the price is correct to do the job properly. He said all video cassettes in Thailand will have mold if not stored individually in zip lock bags with silica gel inside. Heads are getting harder to find to keep the old machines running.

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Awesome Thanks! 

The tapes have been stored in Norway, not to imply that there is no mold

on the tapes...maybe he will negotiate better price knowing that...? Hahahahaha

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Does anyone actually buy or watch DVDs anymore? This is dying technology. Don't transfer one dead technology to another dying one. Just do it direct to digital on your computer. There are many sites online that show you how and what you need. 

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On ‎2‎/‎27‎/‎2018 at 6:52 PM, Trujillo said:

Does anyone actually buy or watch DVDs anymore? This is dying technology. Don't transfer one dead technology to another dying one. Just do it direct to digital on your computer. There are many sites online that show you how and what you need. 

Speak for yourself.

If I had to put my 2,000 DVDs on a computer, how big a hard drive would I need, and then when it died, as everything does, or got locked up by ransomeware, what then?

 

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The DVD recorder is a good Idea
as it "guarantees" a compatible output at "good enough" quality
without having to spend wasted hours fiddling all the variables available with PC capture cards

Once in DVD VOB format you can experiment with editing and/or conversion to a more modern format like H264 or maybe even newer H265. Which will keep the VHS "quality" but be able to squash the file size down considerably

The DVD's also need to be taken care of as there is a tropical fungus that likes to eat them especially cheap home burnt DVD's

Only problem dont know where you'll find a DVD recorder in Thailand ?

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I am no expert.

I wanted to transfer a VHS to a DVD and was  advised against it for VHS is very low quality in terms of number of lines / inch and so would result in a low quality DVD.

 

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Its true that VHS has a lower "quality" than DVD...the resulting DVD can never have better than VHS quality without very time consuming computer enhancement even then the quality will not be anything like the best quality DVD is capable of providing.
The point is get the material into a widely used digital standard
before the tape rots away or there is no playback equipment left.
the original tape can then be put in storage or thrown away.

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On 3/1/2018 at 4:00 PM, johng said:

The DVD recorder is a good Idea
................SNIP for brevity ............................
Only problem dont know where you'll find a DVD recorder in Thailand ?

 

Computer Plaza, second floor rear, just next to the stairs. They sell DVD recorders that are simply USB plug ins... 300 or 400 baht... can't remember. Bought one there last year to use on a friend's laptop that didn't have a DVD drive. You can even buy USB diskette drives in that shop!

 

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14 minutes ago, FolkGuitar said:

They sell DVD recorders

by DVD recorder  I mean something like this   maybe called a PVR

5a99fedcc1661_dvdrecorder.JPG.8cc67bcab67c2386dd3014b276103fab.JPG

 

It has scart/ phono  SVHS   ++  connections on the back   

you plug your VCR or camcorder into those inputs

the DVD recorder   converts "on the fly"  to DVD format either straight to DVD disc or  onto a hard drive inside the recorder for later transfer to DVD disc.

 

with one of those you don't have to fiddle around for hours with a PC video capture card trying to find the best settings  just hook up VCR  press record on the PVR  and play on the VCR.....wait till you recorded what you want or the end of the tape...

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On ‎3‎/‎3‎/‎2018 at 8:32 AM, FolkGuitar said:

 

Computer Plaza, second floor rear, just next to the stairs. They sell DVD recorders that are simply USB plug ins... 300 or 400 baht... can't remember. Bought one there last year to use on a friend's laptop that didn't have a DVD drive. You can even buy USB diskette drives in that shop!

 

I know what you are talking about, but video players don't normally have USB plug in facility. What you are talking about, IMO, are external DVD player/ recorders to use with computers that don't include a disk drive, as many don't now. 

 

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On ‎3‎/‎3‎/‎2018 at 8:58 AM, johng said:

by DVD recorder  I mean something like this   maybe called a PVR

5a99fedcc1661_dvdrecorder.JPG.8cc67bcab67c2386dd3014b276103fab.JPG

 

It has scart/ phono  SVHS   ++  connections on the back   

you plug your VCR or camcorder into those inputs

the DVD recorder   converts "on the fly"  to DVD format either straight to DVD disc or  onto a hard drive inside the recorder for later transfer to DVD disc.

 

with one of those you don't have to fiddle around for hours with a PC video capture card trying to find the best settings  just hook up VCR  press record on the PVR  and play on the VCR.....wait till you recorded what you want or the end of the tape...

I think I have one of those back home. It's not necessary to have the hard drive though, as one can record straight to disk with a simple recorder. The advantage of the hard drive is that one can edit the recording, change it around, get rid of ads, add things like music. A hard drive model is significantly more expensive and heavier than a simple recorder.

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"If I had to put my 2,000 DVDs on a computer, how big a hard drive would I need, and then when it died, as everything does,

or got locked up by ransomware, what then?"

 

First off, how many of those DVDs have you checked recently? Of the 200+ I used to have, about 20+ percent I found were degraded or totally blank (including ones from boxed sets from the official outlets in the USA). 

 

Second, the quality of DVDs suck compared to HD. 

 

"DVDs have an intrinsic resolution of 720×480 pixels (NTSC) and 720×540 pixels (PAL). Those pixels are either displayed in a 4:3 (standard) aspect ratio or a 16:9 (widescreen) aspect ratio. This is typically called 480p video. As you can see, 480p is a whole lot less than 1080p."

-- the internet

 

Third, whatever you have, except possibly a rare movie or two, everything you have can be found on torrents and obtained in either 720 or 1080 quality, or their original source code (for free -- but you can pay to get them from other sources too). 

 

Of course, maybe your 2,000 DVDs are home movies, I don't know. 

And as far as storing them, there are Solid State Drives, that will outlast you. 

 

I still don't understand why anyone would want to own DVDs. Anyone still own an 8-track? Got anything to play on it? 

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