Have you got a pile of VHS Tapes taking up space? They wont last forever and could be nicely compacted down to several DVD disks! Maybe you've got old home videos of your kids or a bunch of classic Disney movies on tape. It's time to give them a new life and update them. Then come to the problem how to transfer VHS tapes to DVD?
We know VHS to DVD service is too expensive. And the VHS to DVD conversion is not so hard. It's possible to achieve transferring VHS tapes to DVD by capturing the video with the help of AVS Video Recorder first and then convert and burn to DVD with AVS Video Converter. Follow the guide to do so without difficulty.
To digitalize those old video tapes using your PC. It's just a bit daunting to think of connecting video cables, installing software, burning DVD's, and so on all by yourself.
Step-by-step guide to transfer & convert VHS movies to DVD:
Part 1: Transfer VHS tape to PC/Mac to digital video
There are several options to record VHS tapes. That's depending upon the devices you own and the features of those devices.
Note: first of all you must connect the VHS recorder / player to the computer using a capture device as an intermediary:
- If you use an external video capture card with the connectors RCA and S-Video , the best way to connect devices is to connect the ' S-Video recorder / VHS player to ' S-Video input of video capture card using the cable suitable for transmitting a video signal. To transmit an audio signal using an RCA cable, connecting the ' RCA recorder / VHS player to ' RCA video capture device but using only the white and red connectors. Then use a cable USB adapter to connect the external video capture output USB .
- If you have a DV camera and your computer system is supplied with an IEEE 1394 connecting the recorder / player to the DVI room as described above and then connect the 'Room of the IEEE 1394 output DVI marked as DV In-Out to ' IEEE 1394 output of the computer using the corresponding cable.
Warning! All actions concerning the connecting devices should be done when they are off.
For detailed information on connecting devices please refer to user manuals or bundled with them, or by manufacturer support.
- Run AVS Video Recorder.exe
You can run the program by double clicking the icon on the desktop or from the start menu. Make sure you work tab Capture. The default format is set to output video Recommended (MPEG-2), which is very suitable since it must receive the final video on DVD, although you can also select Native or MPEG-2 (with some other preset (default):
- Select an output folder
Select a folder to place the captured video and name the file. Click the Browse button to choose the disc folder where you would like the captured video to put, then press "save".
- Select the video input device
On the tab Settings, Click on the box video input and select, or Composite if your VHS player is connected to the capture device with an RCA or S-Video if you prefer an S-Video:
- Begin capturing VHS video
Note : Before starting the capture process, you must turn on the recorder / VHS player and see if a VHS tape is inserted. If you use a DV camera as a capture device:
- Turn on your DV camera.
- Make sure there is a tape inside.
- Turns on the AV to DV 's DV camera (see your owner's manual for details) and then activates the playback mode.
Press the Start Capture on the right button of the AVS Video Recorder and begins playing the tape recorder / VHS player. You can stop the capture by pressing the Stop Capture, which replaces the Start capture immediately after clicking on it:
Note : pressing the Stop Capture of AVS Video Recorder you stop playback of the VHS cassette, you have to do it yourself.
- Convert and burn the captured VHS videos to DVD
After having finished capture the VHS tapes videos, click on Convert on-screen Preview :
AVS Video Converter will start with the video already captured as an input file, then you can begin the burning to DVD progress. If the program is not installed on your computer you will see the window that suggests downloading the application setup. Immediately after convert and burn your videos to DVD with AVS Video Converter.