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Easy Transfer From VHS to DVD

Easy Transfer From VHS to DVD

I still have about a dozen videos on VHS tape, all of them family videos. They're tucked away in the closet and I worry that they start degrading. There's some controversy about how long a videocassette will last; some experts even say CDs won't last long, either.

To play it safe, I'm going keep the tapes, but also burn the videos onto DVDs. I'll do it myself rather than buying an expensive device (see Burn DVDs and Convert Video More Easily) or by sending the tapes to a lab to burn them onto DVDs. That way I'll be able to make the editing decisions.

One device I'm experimenting with is Honestech's $100 VHS to DVD 2.0 Deluxe. The process is straightforward -- and if you want -- wizard driven. Start by attaching the capture device to your PC through the USB 2.0 port. Then connect your VCR to the capture device using standard RF cables or S-video. Once transferred, you can use the software to do the usual stuff -- add titles, transitions, and special effects, and trim out unwanted scenes.

If you already have a capture device, or a graphics adapter with capturing capability, you might play around with just the $50 software (it's exactly the same as the Deluxe version, except that the package doesn't include the USB 2.0 TV/Video capture device). The free trial lasts for 45 days; unfortunately, there's a watermark plunked down in the middle of the screen.

You may want to dig deeper into VHS to DVD conversions and I have a two sites for you to look over. Bob Rankin covers the basics as does PC World's Digital Focus newsletter.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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