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First steps #3: acquire your sources
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Lightbulb 
OK, now you have chosen your sources, and you know them better; you must acquire them in order to start your project... usually we see words like rip, used whenever you extract digital tracks - if it's bit-perfect, we can talk about a 1:1 copy or full rip - and capture used whenever you transform analog tracks into digital form; but these are not fixed rules.

First of all you need the required hardware and software to acquire the sources; the mandatory hardware for everything is a computer, better with a fast CPU, and good video and audio cards, and a lot of HDD space to archive sources, temporary files and final project. I include only the most spread formats.

Digital physical formats - you need the required tape or disc, hardware player, computer software and eventual external hardware

UHD-BD: BD disc, BD player, audio/video capture card capable of capture its tracks, capture software
BD: BD disc, PC BD player/burner, software to decrypt and extract audio, video, subtitle tracks - bit-perfect copy
DVD: DVD disc, PC BD or DVD or HD-DVD player/burner, software to decrypt and extract audio, video, subtitle tracks - bit-perfect copy
HD-DVD: HD-DVD disc, PC HD-DVD player, software to decrypt and extract audio, video, subtitle tracks - bit-perfect copy
D-Theater or D-VHS: D-Theater tape, D-VHS recorder, HDTV tuner, USB box, Firewire cables, software to decrypt and extract audio and video tracks - bit-perfect copy
D-Theater or D-VHS: D-Theater tape, D-VHS recorder, component cables, capture device with component input, capture software
VCD or SVCD: VCD or SVCD disc, PC BD or DVD or HD-DVD or CD player/burner, software to decrypt and extract audio, video, subtitle tracks - bit-perfect copy

Cinema DTS: DTS CD-ROMs, PC BD or DVD or HD-DVD or CD player/burner, software to extract and convert digital track - bit-perfect copy
DVD-Audio: DVD-audio disc, PC BD or DVD or HD-DVD player/burner, software to decrypt and extract audio, video, subtitle tracks - bit-perfect copy
SACD: SACD disc, SACD modified player, firewire cable, software to decrypt and extract audio track - bit-perfect copy
SACD: SACD disc, SACD player, analog cable, capture device and software
CDDA, HDCD, DTS-CD: CD disc, PC BD or DVD or HD-DVD or CD player/burner, software to eventually decrypt and extract audio tracks - bit-perfect copy

Analog physical formats - you need the required tape or disc, hardware player, capture device, cables, computer software

LD (video, analog audio): LD disc (with an analog audio track), LD player, analog audio and video cables, capture device and software
LD (PCM, DTS audio): LD disc (with PCM or DTS audio track), LD player, digital audio cable, capture device and software - bit-perfect copy
LD (AC3 audio): LD disc (with AC3 audio track), LD player, digital audio cable, AC3 decoder, digital audio cable, capture device and software - bit-perfect copy
LD (PCM): LD disc (with PCM audio track), LD player, analog audio cable, capture device and software
VHS: VHS tape, VHS or S-VHS recorder/player, analog audio and video cables, capture device and software
Vynil: record, turntable (complete of pickup and stylus), analog cables, capture device and software
Compact Cassette: tape, tape recorder/player, analog cables, capture device and software

Digital streaming - you need the required file, computer software and eventual capture device and software

Internet connection, file or stream, software to decrypt and extract audio, video, subtitle tracks - bit-perfect copy
Internet connection, file or stream, component/VGA/DVI/HDMI video card and related cable, capture device and software

Digital broadcasting - you need the means to receive it (aerial or satellite antenna or cable, decoder), to know the date and time of broadcasting, cables, capture device and software

Aerial: antenna, PC tuner, software to decrypt and record audio, video and subtitles tracks - bit-perfect copy
Aerial: antenna, decoder, cables, capture device and software
Satellite: parabolic antenna, PC tuner, software to decrypt and record audio, video and subtitles tracks - bit-perfect copy
Satellite: parabolic antenna, decoder, cables, capture device and software
Cable: cable connection, PC tuner, software to decrypt and record audio, video and subtitles tracks - bit-perfect copy
Cable: connection, decoder, cables, capture device and software

Analog broadcasting - you need the means to receive it (aerial or satellite antenna or cable, decoder), to know the date and time of broadcasting, cables, capture device and software

Aerial: antenna, decoder and cables or PC tuner, capture device and software
Satellite: parabolic antenna, decoder and cables or PC tuner, capture device and software
Cable: connection, decoder and cables or PC tuner, capture device and software
Radio: antenna, radio receiver and cables or PC tuner, capture device and software

But if you need further tracks not present in your own source, and you are not able to obtain the desired source or have not the needed hardware and/or software, or you could not afford to buy one, what can you do? Discover it in a next article!
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