June 5, 2012 @ 10:49 PM

Home movies on VHS into DVDs

When transferring your home videos, the pluses of DVDs outweigh those of VHS tapes. VHS film can degrade over time and the tape casings are vulnerable 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 quality of the footage and audio is greater on DVDs.

So how does one convert video tapes to DVDs to salvage them for the future? There are several options.  For starters, you could use a VHS to DVD conversion service that will do the transfer for you.  We are one of those companies.  Visit our conversion page today at http://www.vintagevhs.net/vintagevhs_services.html

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

The computer savvy will probably use  their computer  to transfer their videos  to DVD. It requires reproducing  the video to a digital file on the desktop 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 adjustments  to the video , like special effects or songs , before you burn it to the DVD . Depending on the burning software that you use, you might be able to 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 copy the film  to a DVD without the use of a comp. There are two possible ways to do this:

The first involves buying a DVD recorder that allows input from another source. Attach your VCR player by cables to the DVD recorder and while the video plays, it records.

Another option is to purchase a combination DVD/VCR recorder. It does the same thing as the previous option without having to connect any cables.

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

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Converting home movies from VHS-C tapes present only minor problems. VCRs and VHS or Hi-8 recorders are with R.C.A. modulation film  and audio 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 cassettes viewed on VCRs and camcorders, older film reels of home movies  present a different obstacle to convert them to a digital formats. The older reel  projectors do not have film video output jacks. The old movie projectors never converted the movies to any analog signal, what they did was just to mainly pass the images  on footage in front of the projector screen. There's not really an simple way to directly render this content to a digital format.

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Depending on how many movie reels you have and your budget, getting a professional to do it may be the best choice . 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.