Best way to digitize analog video and audio?


What is the least expensive way to get analog audio out of my phone, redigitized and into my computer. What cheap A to D widget should I procure? What are the options for audio only vs video

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Wouldn't it be easier to just copy the digital files from your phone to your computer? It sounds like you are inserting an unnecessary third step between getting your audio and video phone content onto your computer.


I have a large number of voice mail messages to save. Verizon wants a significant fee per message. It would cost me less to do the clunky solution and would not be time consuming
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Why not just call into your voicemail from a land line, listen to the messages that you want to save, and use a digital recorder to record that call?    


Failing that, assuming that you have a line-in input on your computer, just get a 3.5mm male/male audio cable (you might also need to get a 2.5mm adapter, depending on your phone), connect the phone to the line-in on the computer and use an audio editor like Audacity to record (digitally) and edit the voice mails for posterity.  Then just kick back and enjoy listening to your old voice mails again and again.    


The third, easiest and lowest quality option would be to just use a decent external mic with your computer and record the the messages while you play them back though the speakerphone.  


As for video, I don't even know how you would transfer those files from a feature phone without either a USB connection or an SD card, except for emailing them to yourself as attachments.     

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To clarify: I will be coming out of the analog headset jack from a basic non-smart phone and will likely go into the A to D converter via RCA connectors.

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