May 25, 2012 @ 10:53 PM

How to turn VHS tapes into DVDs

When transferring your home videos, the advantages of DVDs outweigh those of VHS tapes. Video tapes can degrade over time and the cassette casings are prone to damage also as well make the tape useless. Storage is easier with DVDs since they take up less space than videos. In addition the definition of the film and sound is higher on DVDs.

So how does one convert video tapes to DVDs to salvage them for the future? There are many options.  For starters, you could use a VHS to DVD business that will do the transfer for you.  We are one of those companies.  Visit our conversion page today at

But if you are computer savvy you can do it yourself, and even though we are in the converting business , we also like to help out where we can and share the info we know, so you know.

The computer savvy will probably use  their computer  to transfer their videos  to DVD. It requires copying  the video to a digital file on the computer using an analog converter. The file gets reduced to MPEG-2 format before being burned onto a DVD. This process takes some time, but it allows you to make alterations  to the footage , like special effects or songs , before you copy it to DVD . Depending on the burning software that you use, you possibly could add a menu or other special options. The process can be very slow because you have to transfer the file twice: first from the video to the computer and then again from the comp to the DVD.

To save on time and effort, you can duplicate the tapes  to a DVD without the use of a computer. There are two options to do this:

The first involves getting a DVD recorder that allows input from another source. Just attach your VCR player by cables to the DVD recorder and while the movie plays, it records.

The second option is to purchase a combination DVD/VCR recorder. It does the same thing as the previous option without needing to connect any cords.

If you do the conversion yourself, make sure that you have cleaned the heads of the VHS tapes between duplicating videos. Your old tapes could  carry a lot of dust or other particles that could block up the VCR. And because you are duplicating directly from the video  to the DVD, any picture quality difficulties  you have with the video will appear  on the finalized DVD. Knowing that if you have videos which are recorded at S.L.P. you will not get the exact quality  of recording onto a DVD as if the video was recorded at S.P. If you find the quality  is not acceptable for you, consider changing your method of converting.

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Converting family movies from VHS-C tapes present only minor problems. VCRs and VHS or Hi-8 recorders are with R.C.A. modulation footage  and sound outputs that can be easily connected to a DVR or a DVD Recorder as well as to a computer port such as U.S.B. using an adapter and video program.

Unlike VHS and Hi-8 tapes played on VCRs and camcorders, older video reels of family videos  present a different obstacle to convert them to a digital formats. The older 8mm  projectors do not have movie video output jacks. The old movie projectors never converted the movies to any analog signal, what they did was just to basically pass the photo images  on footage in front of the projector screen. There's not really an simple way to directly copy this content to a digital format.

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Reel Conversions

Depending on how many video reels or tapes you have and your budget, hiring a professional to do it may be the best option . Family members might usually are more than happy to chip in for the conversion if they end up with copies themselves. Getting a group of contributors could make this option even more affordable.