Here are 3 Ways to convert VHS to DVD
Time needed: 5 minutes.
VHS types are dying. That is indeed rather sad; they were a massive part of my childhood. However, this is how technology advances. The old must perish for the new to usher from its ashes. VHS/VCR makers discontinued production back in 2016, and now if you have VHS tapes lying around in your home but no VCR, those tapes are but a memento at this point. So, if you are a disc lover, it is high time to convert your VCR to DVDs as soon as possible so you can, and here is how you can do it easily in under 5 minutes.
- Use VCR to connect your computer using VHS to digital converters
If you are a bit into tech and are up for some work and, for whatever reason, the above methods aren’t suitable, this is what you can do. You can connect your VCR to your computer using VHS to digital converters, which is nothing but an analogue-to-digital adapter. Let me explain to you how you can do so:
Items needed: VCR, a computer with a DVD burner, an analogue-to-digital adapter, DVD burning software, and a blank DVD-R disc.
You can easily find a VCR-to-USB adapter and an RCA cable online, and it won’t cost a lot.
Step 1: Connect the VCR to the PC using the adapter, and it will automatically install the needed drives
Step 2: Insert DVD-R or DVD-RW disc into the DVD burner
Step 3: Download a recording software. You can purchase one or install ones that are out there for free. Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) is free and does the job, but I will leave that part to you. Windows users can use Windows Movie Maker, while Mac users can use iMovie.
Step 4: Simply follow the commands and prompts to import the video. This part will depend upon the software you use. It may look intimidating, but it takes but a few clicks, so don’t fret.
Step 5: Once the video is imported, you get to edit it if you want. Otherwise, go right to burning it onto your DVD. This might take some time, so make sure your PC does not go into sleep mode.
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- Head to the nearest retail VHS-To-DVD conversion store
If you do not want to deal with the hassle of all the conversions and save time, here is what you can do; head to the nearest retail VHS-To-DVD conversion store.
Yes, I know, oh geez, thanks, I couldn’t think of that. However, on the off chance, you did not know that there are places that can do this kind of work for you, in 2021, there you go.
There are many major retailers that can provide you with this service, like Walmart, Costco, CVS, Target, and YesVideo.
These are just the big brands that come to mind, but there are many local stores in your area that I am sure would be more than happy to help you with preserving the memories stored inside of that VCR tape. So, provided you are willing to spend some cash, this is a great option and involves the least amount of work.
- Use DVD Recorder
Okay, so assuming either there are no services near you that will convert your VHS to DVD, or you simply are a DIY kind of person, here is what you need to do.
Full disclaimer, unfortunately, you are not going to be able to convert VHS to DVD easily under 5 minutes. It is going to be easy, but the 5 minutes part is not going to happen.
Sorry about that. With that said, this method is very easy and cheap. Okay, let me tell you how it’s done then:
You need to first get yourself a DVD Recorder. A DVD Recorder allows you to pop in a VCR as well as a DVD. Once you have a DVD, VCR, and the Recorder in one place, set them up by hooking the recorder into the TV, inserting the VCR and a blank DVD. Pop them in and hit record to dub the video over.
Make sure that your recorder is set to record from the VCR to DVD, not the other way around. If you mess that up, all your data is gone and cannot be recovered.
After making sure that it’s recording the correct way, press play on the VCR side, and then it will dub all the video over to the blank DVD.
Once completed, you can insert that DVD into a PC if you wish to save a digital copy or want to play the video on it.
With that, I end this article. You can use any of the above three methods I mentioned to convert your VHS to DVD easily. However, none of these methods would take under 5 minutes, but hey, it is doable, and it allows you to preserve your memories; it makes it worth it!