All is well and good, but the content from VHS tapes has usually a resolution formatted as 4:3.
This sounds more complicated, but in practice it isn't.
That's part of the reason for the question. The LG seems to handle 4:3 well enough, just a lot of black space on either side. However, some of the hardware/software I've seen in times past purports to perform some degree of conversion during the transfer. This is needs must be essentially an automatic thing - no way I'll be able to find time to store/edit/convert 40-50 VHS tapes manually. I need to be able to load a tape, start the process, let it run to completion, repeat as needed. Serif currently has a $30 VHS-to-DVD software, v4.0, that might let me automate that - the editing, I mean - to some extent, but if it's a case of reconfig for every tape, they'll never get transferred - apart from the time element, I'm just too damned lazy
. The Serif software, as near as I can tell, would make it a two (2) step process, but I can dedicate a laptop to that for whatever time it takes.
Me too! ...Must be an epidemic. I don't get mine delivered till tomorrow ; how you liking the "Magic Motion" (Harry Potter) remote??
Mine's sitting on a coffee table right now, but it's destined for the fireplace above the mantle - I can even see that from the patio whilst grilling
. The wand
is a bit difficult for me to control - arthritis and not-quite-Parkinson's contribute to a very wayward aim
. I went ahead and tried Netflix - Baby Daughter and I watched Limitless
last night - no perceptible lag, so I guess that concern is eliminated, at least for the while. Now I have to check Hulu & Vudu, both of which have pre-loaded apps, kinda, sorta.
Warning about the LG: Internet access is extremely slow, at least on mine. Not the access part so much as the amount of time it takes to load a browser, load an app, and the like. Seems like I'm back on an old 88 processor
. Haven't done a great deal with the browser, as yet, but it seems to work OK. And I'll rue the day I have to type
in a URL
Back on the VHS/DVD converter, seems as though I remember seeing a standalone system for that - maybe some of Kim Komando's ads? - and that seems to be a viable approach. I just don't have any gauge as to how well it performs.
Only other need I can see at the moment is to get a wireless speaker bar for the living room and a wireless remote speaker, somewhat weatherproof, for the patio. Thought about getting one of the home theater speaker systems, but that's no good. I found out, when stereo was just getting started, that I'm simply unable to hear the difference between Bose or Harman-Kardon and a RadioShack cheapie in a home-built enclosure
. I appreciate my guests, but not enough to spend mucho dinero
on something only they might
be able to hear