Can I use Windows Media Center to capture video from non-broadcast source?

Answer ID 1827
Published 03/31/2006 10:26 AM
Updated 04/27/2010 12:50 PM

I would like to capture and archive my video from a camcorder or VCR. Can I do it in Windows Media Center?

Windows Media Center is designed to allow you to receive TV programming from a terrestrial, satellite, or digital cable set-top box, but does not directly support video capture and archiving from a camcorder or a VCR. For video capture and archiving, you can use Microsoft Movie Maker (included in the MCE build) in conjunction with DualTV's A/V input capabilities.

However, technically you can connect a VCR or camcorder to view live or recorded programs on MCE itself. In this case, you need to have an MCE compatible remote/receiver connected and respective driver loaded in order to complete MCE setup as if the VCR you are connecting is a set-top box. Note that, however, MCE does not actually control the VCR via the IR blaster. You have to manually set the channel on the VCR.

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