To get my old VHS tapes into my computer, I bought a VCR/DVD Recorder
combination unit. You put the VHS in the VCR and dub it over to a DVD disc.
Other people use an analog to digital converter device or computer card, but
I found the combo recorder to be very straightforward.
I then convert the DVD files (which have the suffix .vob) to .wmv files.
Then I use Windows Movie Maker which comes with Vista Home Premium. You can
get some good help at this web site: http://www.windowsmoviemakers.net/forums/
WMM will not work with .vob files directly, thus the conversion to .wmv.
After creating my finished video, I burn it to a new DVD using Windows DVD
There is other software and web sites to support it but that is what I do.
I have made several nice family DVD's for 'posterity'. Good luck!
"jane" <jane@xxxxxx> wrote in message
> I have Vista on my computer and I want to make a DVD from an old VHS tape,
> new DV stuff from my camcorder, and still pictures in a slide show with
> music. What software would you suggest? I am confused by all the things
> there, plus some things look good, I'm ready to buy and then I read that
> don't work well with Vista. Help! I am a real novice at all this.
> I am trying to do this project with moviemaker and am quite disappointed.
> don't know if it's all my ineptitude, or if a better program would help
> I have loaded the digital footage into my computer OK, but I really need
> advice on how to get the analog stuff from my VCR onto the computer to
> I have a Dell Inspiron 530.