[Windows] Converting home movies to DVDs (Hauppauge PVR-150 TV Tuner)

  • Posted on: 16 August 2018
  • By: charm

While I've been using Windows 10 lately to develop Fasteroids, almost everything else I do is on Linux, so I'm used to using Linux tools to get different jobs done, and it's what I go to when I have a problem and need some software to solve it. This week one of our refurbishing friends asked us to build him an older (Core 2 Duo)-based Windows 10 system that he could put his Hauppauge PVR-150 TV tuner card in. This wasn't a big deal, although the PVR-150 is an older card it still seems to be supported by Windows 10 (we needed to do an online driver update, but Windows 10 found the driver). The real problem was that he wanted to convert home movies from his VCR to DVDs. I knew this would involve more software than Windows 10 alone has.

We had the original software that came with the Hauppauge PVR-150. We've seen quite a few of these cards over the years and many years ago I bought one myself (brand new back then because they were still kind of newish) so I was familiar with the software on both Windows and Linux. Having the old software DVD proved useful because the newer version of the software on the web site relies on having the original disc.

http://www.hauppauge.com/pages/support/support_pvr150.html

The WinTV software is ancient and feels pretty clunky on the Core 2 Duo (3GHz, 4GB RAM, 250GB HDD)-based Windows 10 system, but it works. Files are saved in .mpg MPEG format. Files are stored right off the C: drive in a folder called C:\MyVideos\. To keep things simple I added a shortcut to C:\MyVideos on the user's desktop.

To burn to DVD I thought of CDBurnerXP, a nice-looking program that reminds me a bit of my favourite KDE program K3b. CDBurnerXP can burn video DVDs, but it needs .vob and .ts files to do so. A program is needed to convert .mpg to .vob. There are several programs on the Internet that will do this, but most only convert for 5 seconds/minutes, or require a paid-plugin before you can convert a whole file. So I did a little more digging and found DVD Flick. At first it looked like DVD Flick might just simplify the whole process by removing the need for CDBurnerXP, but it simply seemed to create the structure needed for CDBurnerXP to burn the video DVD. By default DVD Flick stores the structure under something like: %username%\Documents\dvd

So now the process is:

  1. Import the video using WinTV. Press play on the VCR and record on the WinTV software.
  2. When the recording is done bring it into DVD Flick. Each video segment can be added as a title complete with chapter names. Use DVD flick to create the DVD structure when your done importing each video title.
  3. Use CDBurnerXP to import the DVD structure created with DVD Flick and make the DVD (or ISO image).

That's it.