I called all around town and no one had any software that would let me transfer VHS stuff to my computer so when I found myself at Detroit’s Best Buy, I was hoping they could pull through. In no time flat an employee was leading me to the correct aisle.
He pointed to some internal hardware and tried to get me to believe that it was what I’d asked for.
“I already have audio and video capabilities and I’m pretty sure my sound card and whatnot is all in order. I’m looking for the device that plugs into the USB slot on the front of my machine,” I explained, having gone to many forums and completed my research.
“Okay then this is what you need,” he said, steering us over a few feet to an eighty-dollar software box. It was precisely what I had in mind and he started talking about how it came with the program and plugs that I needed when I noticed that it looked like the exact same thing, slightly different box and much lower price, was on the shelf below it.
“What about this one? What’s the difference?” I asked, showing him the Dazzle DVC 85.
“Uhmmm, that one doesn’t come with the software and stuff you need to transfer the video to blank DVDs, it only-“
“I have a video capture device,” I interrupted, trying to save time. “I have RCA cables and Nero and I know how to take video files and make DVDs.”
“Oh. Well then that’s probably all you need.”
The young man would turn out to be wrong about it not coming with software. What kind of fuckin’ device would sell without the shit to run it with?