This site came about as a result of my friend Paul Carter, his video collection and his wifes desire to “get them out of the sitting room”! Paul has been recording Grand Prix’s since the early 80’s and now has a huge collection of VHS tapes with virtually all the races on.
As it’s been a while since some of these tapes have seen the light of day we thought we share them so we can all “look through those rose tinted glasses”.
How do we convert from VHS tape to digital media?
Carefully! The tapes from the 80’s are quite brittle now and quite often I only get one chance to record them before they snap. Any how for those that are interested this is how it’s done:
- Record from VHS video recorder to Panasonic DVD recorder using SCART lead and DVD-R discs in long play mode (so I can fit a 4 hour tape onto the DVD)
- Using a fantastic piece of software called Cinematise on a MacBook I then extract segments of the DVD to MPEG-4
- Finally, I upload each Grand Prix to Google Video and then link to this WordPress blog.