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Re: VCR Tape to DVD or Digital media

Post by Takiap » Tue May 23, 2017 10:27 am

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Hello J.J.B.
Will do.....waiting to hear from takiap & laser
Sent you a PM :cheers:
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Re: VCR Tape to DVD or Digital media

Post by Jack Sprat » Tue May 23, 2017 5:50 pm

Hello Hua Hin Forum administrators...
I sent a PM to takiap, but it has been sitting in the 'outbox' for about 3 hours now???
As I am new to PM's, could you please tell me why this happens?

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Re: VCR Tape to DVD or Digital media

Post by Big Boy » Tue May 23, 2017 6:05 pm

It will sit in your outbox until Takiap clicks the message. It will then move into your sent box.
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Re: VCR Tape to DVD or Digital media

Post by Jack Sprat » Tue May 23, 2017 7:22 pm

Thanks for the explanation BB.
I now see how it works.

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Re: VCR Tape to DVD or Digital media

Post by J.J.B. » Wed May 24, 2017 10:52 am

Mixed success on the VCR to DVD transfer that I was looking to support Big Boy on. Having carted my trusty Panasonic VCR from my loft in the UK to Thailand (SWMBO thought I was mad!) and sourced the correct device from Lazada, I note the damn thing will not power on at all. I'm not a very competent electronics engineer but opening it up I see there is a burst capacitor, which probably has something to do with it. The device worked fine when I stored it away three years ago so I can only imagine something has gone awry in the meantime.

So, unless we have a donor VCR machine that will play BB's tape - we're back to square one. :banghead:
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Re: VCR Tape to DVD or Digital media

Post by hhinner » Wed May 24, 2017 12:59 pm

There are still some small electric and electronic repair shops around. Maybe one of those could help.

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Re: VCR Tape to DVD or Digital media

Post by laser » Wed May 24, 2017 5:50 pm

J.J.B. wrote:
Wed May 24, 2017 10:52 am
.. I see there is a burst capacitor, which probably has something to do with it. The device worked fine when I stored it away three years ago so I can only imagine something has gone awry in the meantime.
So, unless we have a donor VCR machine that will play BB's tape - we're back to square one. :banghead:
The 'something' there is probably the 'meantime'. Long time in storage can effectively kill wet Al capacitors, hence old equipment should be powered up regularly. I learned that from a mate collecting ancient electronic & computing stuff & junk.
The good news is that 'elcos' are used in power supply units/modules (like in your picture) and old school hobbyists/repair men likely can fix your VCR. A few weeks ago I walked around in the central area and spotted a local guy salvaging old amplifiers, sitting at a table outside of their small shop (see the map). How lucky, I had a broken electronic gizmo with me and he fixed it right away.

Another point is that old tapes (like floppy disks and leather in the tropics) are quite often mouldy and need cleaning. Any mechanically sound old VCR that can wind/rewind tapes can be utilised for that important purpose. Now Jack has the converter and shall get a VCR as well. With duplicate A/D converters and VCRs both of you got better chances.
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Re: VCR Tape to DVD or Digital media

Post by J.J.B. » Wed May 24, 2017 6:13 pm

laser wrote:
Wed May 24, 2017 5:50 pm
J.J.B. wrote:
Wed May 24, 2017 10:52 am
.. I see there is a burst capacitor, which probably has something to do with it. The device worked fine when I stored it away three years ago so I can only imagine something has gone awry in the meantime.
So, unless we have a donor VCR machine that will play BB's tape - we're back to square one. :banghead:
The 'something' there is probably the 'meantime'. Long time in storage can effectively kill wet Al capacitors, hence old equipment should be powered up regularly. I learned that from a mate collecting ancient electronic & computing stuff & junk.
The good news is that 'elcos' are used in power supply units/modules (like in your picture) and old school hobbyists/repair men likely can fix your VCR. A few weeks ago I walked around in the central area and spotted a local guy salvaging old amplifiers, sitting at a table outside of their small shop (see the map). How lucky, I had a broken electronic gizmo with me and he fixed it right away.

Another point is that old tapes (like floppy disks and leather in the tropics) are quite often mouldy and need cleaning. Any mechanically sound old VCR that can wind/rewind tapes can be utilised for that important purpose. Now Jack has the converter and shall get a VCR as well. With duplicate A/D converters and VCRs both of you got better chances.
Great info, Laser, thanks! Is that red rectangle just by the "Railway Restaurant" at the top of the night market? I was there there other evening and probably will be again so can sling the VCR (carefully) in the top-box and make my way over to see if this guy can help.
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Re: VCR Tape to DVD or Digital media

Post by laser » Thu May 25, 2017 11:34 am

J.J.B. wrote:
Wed May 24, 2017 6:13 pm
Is that red rectangle just by the "Railway Restaurant" at the top of the night market?
Yes, it is in that indicated area, not far (about 50 m, from memory) from the corner restaurant. It looked like an aircon repair shop. Communicating with the smaller guy is a challenge, but he knows his trade.

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Re: VCR Tape to DVD or Digital media

Post by Big Boy » Sat Jun 17, 2017 9:59 am

My friends have found a shop to do conversions here in Hua Hin. They are opposite the Esso garage in the centre of town. The cost was 500 Baht per hour of video to be converted, which sounds reasonable to me.
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Re: VCR Tape to DVD or Digital media

Post by Jack Sprat » Sat Jun 17, 2017 3:59 pm

Hi BB,
Many thanks for the info!

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Re: VCR Tape to DVD or Digital media

Post by Funnerguy » Thu Jul 06, 2017 4:05 am

Have been searching for a solution to this, and found your posts. I would like to convert some old VHS tapes for my mother staying here, and saw both J.J.B. and Laser have Analogue video to Digital converters. Is it possible to borrow one of these to convert the tapes, if one is available? Or can i buy one now in Hua Hin? Time is short as leaving soon, and unfortunately delivery from internet is too late. Tried messaging JJB and Laser but doesnt seem to work- and not sure if doing it right. Just re-joined now after 10 years, maybe takes a while to PM? Many thanks

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Re: VCR Tape to DVD or Digital media

Post by Funnerguy » Thu Jul 06, 2017 4:31 am

I dont seem to be permitted to PM anyone here, so thats why i could not message JJB and Laser about the Analogue Video to Digital converters, not sure how to contact them now :(

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Re: VCR Tape to DVD or Digital media

Post by robcar » Thu Jul 06, 2017 5:56 am

Make 1 more post and you will be able to use the PM facility.

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Re: VCR Tape to DVD or Digital media

Post by PeteC » Thu Jul 06, 2017 6:53 am

Funnerguy wrote:
Thu Jul 06, 2017 4:31 am
I dont seem to be permitted to PM anyone here, so thats why i could not message JJB and Laser about the Analogue Video to Digital converters, not sure how to contact them now :(
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