Thanks to new technology it is really easy to save your VHS content onto longer lasting DVD’s. Now anyone that knows how to play a VHS tape can copy those to DVD or store the video on your Hard Drive and even transfer it to an iPod or other video player.
Reviewed by Rob Boirun
Test Date (updated) : Nov 19, 2012
VHS Capture Hardware & Software: To capture the video from VHS you need to use either a Video capture card or an easier to use USB video capture device. Both VHS2DVD Wizard and Roxio Easy VHS to DVD bundle includes the VHS capture USB device + the easy to use software from which you can capture, edit, and burn your VHS video to a DVD disc. Having both tools will allow anyone to easily transfer any VHS tape to digital format preserved on DVD discs.
My Personal Preference:
VHS2DVD Wizard is a all in one solution for anyone to transfer VHS tapes to DVD media. Including both the VHS 2 DVD software and a connector cable for your VCR to PC, you can get started right away with a few simple setup steps. The software is very user friendly offering a Wizard type interface giving you step by step instructions on what to do next. This was great the first time I used it as I didn’t need to think what to do next. Now after a few successful backups the software is a no brainer.
This is our recommended choice for non techies or for those that just want to make simple VHS conversions.
Price: $59.95 | Visit Official Site To Learn More
Roxio Easy VHS to DVD
Roxio Easy VHS to DVD makes it easy to transfer video from VHS tapes or analog camcorders to DVD. Capture your VHS tape videos and burn them directly to DVD discs.
The latest version of Roxio VHS to DVD software will support the majority of HD & analog camcorders, VCRs, and even DVD players. The software allows you to create Hollywood Style DVD menus, add transitions between video clips, correct and fix the original video quality, and also includes the necessary video cable for your devices. In addition of transferring to DVD, you can also choose to convert your VHS or DVD footage to MP4 which can be viewed with Apple products like the iPod, iPad, iPhone, or other portable devices like cell phones.
This is what we recommend if you want a little more control on what and how you backup since you can output to multiple devices.
Price: $59.99 (Windows) – $79.99 (Mac) | Visit Site To Learn More
Reasons to Convert VHS to DVD
The main reason you would want to transfer your VHS content to DVD discs is obvious for most and probably the reason you are on this page. That is to preserve that analog video footage into a more reliable format like digital. Once the video is digital you have many more options available to you such as:
- Transfer to a blank DVD or Blu Ray disc for viewing on regular DVD players
- Make a digital copy and store on your hard drive for archive purposes
- Transfer to your iPod, iPad, or other portable video devices
- Store on SD cards or portable USB drives for access later
Transferring the contents of a VHS tape to DVD for the most part is an easy step using the right software (Hint: the software above will do the trick). The analog movie is first transferred to your PC. Then the software will allow you to edit it by cutting parts out, adding chapter points, adding background music, and adding menus. Once that part is complete you can output to DVD or store as a large digital file.
Most software will include an Analog to Digital converter cable, like the ones we recommend. This process is necessary since you are converting from one format to another. As you guessed this process must be completed in real time, so as you play the VCR tape the software will capture and store the contents on the hard drive.
Top Questions on using a VHS to DVD Software
1) “What do I need to use the VHS2DVD Wizard software?”
PC w/ Windows 2000, XP, Vista, 7 (64-bit supported) XP 1-2 GB RAM, Vista/7 2-4 GB RAM, DVD burner, VCR video tape player, Free USB 2.0 port, 5+ GB free disk space
2) “Does VHS2DVD Wizard work with copyrighted video tapes?”
Yes, it will work. The VHS2DVD Wizard software converts any VHS tape to DVD.
3) “Does this work 8mm tapes and camcorders?”
Yes, VHS2DVD Wizard will work with a camcorder, if it provides video/audio out. Otherwise, it just works to convert VHS to DVD’s.
4) “How long does it take to transfer a video tape?”
The only way to capture video from a VCR is in real time. There is no technology available that can do it faster, it just not possible.
However, you can leave the transfer unattended with the “automatic stop” feature.
5) “I’m not good with computers. Is VHS2DVD Wizard for me?”
Yes! The VHS2DVD Wizard software was designed specifically for ease-of-use. Anyone should be able to use it.
A complete step-by-step video tutorial is included.