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Video:Transfer Movies From VHS to DVD

with Gretchen Siegchrist

Like most of us, you probably recorded some of your favorite memories onto a VHS tape. Preserve the good times by transferring the tape to a DVD.See Transcript

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Transcript:Transfer Movies From VHS to DVD

Hi, I am Gretchen Siegchrist for About.com Computing, and I am going to show you how to transfer a VHS tape onto DVD.

Convert Movie From VHS to MiniDV Tape

There are many different methods for doing this, depending on the equipment that you have available and what you plan to do with the tape.

The method that I am using involves transferring a VHS tape first to a miniDV tape, and then you can take the miniDV tape and put it on your computer, where you can edit the video or put it straight onto a DVD.

Supplies Needed to Convert VHS to DVD

For this project, you will need:
  • a VCR with RCA video/audio outputs
  • a camcorder with audio/video inputs
Higher-end camcorders have three RCA audio/video inputs, but some consumer models only have one stereo plug for inputting audio and video. Either type of camera will work fine for this project.

You will also need a blank mini-DV tape and a cable to connect your VCR to your camcorder.

RCA Inputs on the Camcorder

If your camcorder has three RCA inputs, you will need a cable with three plugs on each end.

If your camcorder only has a single input, you will need a cable with three plugs on one end, to plug into the VCR, and a single plug on the other end, to plug into your camcorder.

Either type of cable should be easy to find at any consumer electronics store.

Connect the VHS Tape to MiniDV

Begin by connecting the VCR to the camcorder using the appropriate cable. Put the VHS tape into the VCR and the miniDV tape into the camcorder.

You will want to make sure that your camcorder is set to VCR or VTR mode.

When you press play on the VCR, you should see the image from the VHS tape in the monitor of your camcorder. Press 'record' on the camcorder, and the miniDV tape will begin to record the images playing from the VHS tape.

Burn the Footage Onto a DVD

When the tape is done transferring, you can load the footage onto your computer and either edit it or put it directly onto a DVD.

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