Do you have a box or old camcorder or VHS tapes collecting dust in an attic, garage, closet, or on a shelf somewhere? Do you want to convert them to a more permanent, longer lasting, and shareable format such as DVD? Are you worried you’ll lose them forever if you don’t transfer them before they degrade past the point of no return?
Don’t worry! You have a choice on how to save your precious memories.
This blog will dive into the three best options for converting VHS memories into longer-lasting DVDs. There are two do-it-yourself (DIY) methods, and the other is using a professional VHS-to-DVD service.
Using a DVD Recorder – The Direct Method
One of the top ways to DIY converting VHS to DVD is the direct method. The direct approach is to purchase a DVD recorder and some blank DVDs and transfer your VHS tapes to them. Here’s a breakdown of the process.
1. Purchase a DVD recorder and blank DVD-Rs if you don’t already have them (these should still be available at most major electronic stores, but if not, you can find them for sale on places like Amazon or eBay).
2. Put a blank DVD-R into the DVD recorder and the tape that you want to convert to DVD into the VHS slot.
3. Press “Record” on the DVD recorder first, so you don’t miss any video from the VHS tape.
4. Press “Play” on the VHS player.
5. The DVD recorder will burn the VHS images onto the DVD.
6. Once the tape is finished playing, you can press Stop on the DVD recorder, or the DVD recorder will stop automatically when the tape is finished playing.
This method works well but does take some specialized equipment that you may not be able to find easily.
Using a VCR – The Custom Method
The other DIY way is called the custom method. It’s similar to the first method but with slightly different equipment. You’ll need to purchase a VCR and/or a DVD burner to complete this process if you don’t have them already.
Here’s how it works.
1. Ensure you have all the proper cables for all the electronics.
2. Hook up your VCR to your TV.
3. Hook up your DVD burner to the TV, as well.
4. Press “Record” on the DVD burner and play on the VCR as quickly as possible afterwards.
5. Record your VHS tape on DVD.
This process is simple but requires more equipment and patience.
Using a VHS to DVD Conversion Service
Wouldn’t you like to get your VHS tapes converted in a timely fashion, with the highest quality, for the least amount of work on your part, and at a reasonable price?
Sounds too good to be true, right?
Well, lucky for you, you can get all those things and more if you use a professional VHS-to-DVD conversion service. VHS to DVD services, such as Capture, have the latest technological equipment to change your old VHS tapes into new DVDs that will last for years.
Most people do not have the time, patience, experience, or technology to properly convert their precious memories to a longer-lasting digital format such as a DVD. Considering those factors, getting a DVD-to-VHS conversion service such as Capture to handle your video transfers is the best deal.
Many people have precious memories on their camcorders or preserved on VHS tapes. Summer vacations, graduations, weddings, births, and any other pivotal events that shouldn’t be forgotten could be in danger of being lost forever if they are not converted to a more permanent format.
You can take a chance and convert your memories to DVD yourself using either a DVD recorder or a VCR and a DVD burner, but you are risking the quality of the conversion. Your best bet is to take all your VHS tapes to a VHS-to-DVD conversion business and have them handle everything. You’ll get quality conversion quickly and at a reasonable price.