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Going Digital Without DVDs

Most normal people got out their camcorders only at special events and birthdays.  But, if you’re like us,  you recorded so much in the last two decades you can watch your kids grow up again in real time.  What to do?  Forget DVDs and go direct to a hard drive.

Now you can have the luxury of watching your home movies on your flat screen TV straight from your hard drive without the use of a computer.  There are a few open systems out there, but most require peripheral hardware that you don’t need, or require you to have your movies stored in MP4 format (such as the Apple TV).

Our pick:  Western Digital’s new WD TV box.  This device is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand and connects between your hard drive and TV.  It sells for about $130 and accepts almost any format you can think of.  It comes with a handy remote so you can enjoy your movies straight from an animated menu.  You can learn more by going to their website at www.WesternDigital.com.

Why pay for DVDs if you can have your home movies digitized directly onto your hard drive and watch them on your TV?

What you have:    Film, slides, videotape, etc.

What to do: Have them digitized to MPEG2 for about 25 cents per minute

What you get: A WD TV box to connect between your TV and hard drive.  Then enjoy!


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