Transferring old VHS to computer

May 15, 2011 at 09:15:41
Specs: Windows XP
I have lots of old VHS tapes, (7 1/2 and 4inch) and want to convert them to my computer for editing/putting onto DVD's. What do people recommend on the market that does this? I no longer own the video camera.

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May 15, 2011 at 09:40:33
As long as you still have access to a VHS player that can handle your tapes, Roxio makes a product that appears to do the job fairly easily:

Check the system requirements to make sure your system can handle it.

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May 15, 2011 at 09:45:29
You'd need to still have a player or buy one from a resale place.

You also need the converter to get the vhs-c to vhs. I think they are still out there if you can find one.

Then as above you take the output of the player and with some gizmo and software you convert to a format your computer can read.

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May 15, 2011 at 09:45:51
Not sure what others do but I connected the VHS player to a DVD player/recorder then started "play" on the VHS and "record" on the DVD.

Later it would be possible to copy the movies onto a computer's HDD for editing, but so far I haven't had the time for that.


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May 15, 2011 at 09:52:47
The charge for converting from VHS to CD can get expensive. For family tapes, this is not a bad idea. For TV recordings, if that show is available, the dvd might be the best option.
Tapes loose quality over the years. Each play reduces that quality. They stretch and break. Played in a different device than recorded in also may have an effect. Interesting project - good luck!

If you have a device to play them, a capture device is the thing to buy. TV resolution is 352x240 (or something close). When transferred to a higher resolution, they do not appear as good. Has to do with adding the data for the 'extra' pixels. I have tried three different devices over the years. The latest plugs into the usb port. The software is better now than it was, but still, we are use to better image quality. Black and white doesn't suffer the same, but it's still noticable.
A device similar to this is suggested.

Pinnacle, Hauppauge, AVerMedia - all good names. Test the software and read reviews before purchasing. You might get best results by taking the best each has to offer.
I wan't happy with the quality of the old VCR tapes. It's the irreplacable ones I converted.

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May 15, 2011 at 10:12:39
Try the site linked below. It is dedicated to video. Use the search term - Convert & edit VHS.

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May 15, 2011 at 11:29:29
Thank you all!
I had a feeling this would be the case (using a vhs player to transfer through usb ended converter) I guess I shall have to route around for an old vhs player.
Is no-one aware of any hardware that can be found, something I assume would be a tape deck? instead of the vhs player, something that can play all sized tapes?

Thank you again!!

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May 15, 2011 at 11:43:38
The smaller cassettes just need an adapter. Not sure which size you have. If VHS-c then look at the link below for lots of places that sell adapters.

A standard VHS player that connects to your TV will work fine. There are interfaces like the one that modify linked to above. Below is another type of connection.

Posting or just browsing at the link I provided above will help you.

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