Videos into DVDS How To Do It
When transferring your home videos, the advantages of DVDs outweigh those of VHS tapes. VHS film can degrade over time and the tape 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 quality of the footage 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 converting company 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 organization , we also like to help out where we can and share the info we know, so you know.
The computer savvy will most likely use their laptop to transfer their vids to DVD. It requires copying the video to a digital file on the desktop using an analog converter. The file gets compressed to MPEG-2 format before being burned onto a DVD. This task takes some time, but it allows you to make alterations to the film , like special effects or songs , before you burn it to the DVD . Depending on the burning software that you use, you could add a menu or other special features. The process can be quite slow because you have to transfer the file twice: first from the video to the computer and then again from the computer to the DVD.
To save on time and effort, you can duplicate the film 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. Attach your VCR player by cables to the DVD recorder and while the video 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, be sure that you have cleaned the heads of the VHS tapes between replicating videos. Old tapes carry a lot of dust or other particles that could block up the VCR. And because you are copying directly from the videos to the DVD, any picture quality problems 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 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 home videos from VHS-C tapes present only minor dificulties. VCRs and VHS or Hi-8 recorders are with R.C.A. modulation movie 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 software.
Unlike VHS and Hi-8 cassettes played on VCRs and camcorders, older film reels of home movies present a different obstacle to convert them to a digital formats. The older 8mm projectors do not have video video output jacks. The older film projectors never converted the movies to any analog signal, what they did was just to basically pass the images on video in front of the projector light. There's no simple way to directly replicate this content to a digital format.
Consider using Vintage VHS conversion services to transfer the videos; just $10 a reel!
Based on how many video reels or tapes 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.