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Convert VHS to Digital

miptog 14 3.6k 63 United Kingdom
15 Aug 2018 3:17PM
Need to convert some aging VHS to digital. Have a VHS player. Would welcome any suggestions / recommendations as how to do this. Methods I am aware of is connect to a PC, use a combi VHS DVD device (which I don' have), or take to a specialist store. Wondered what members experiences were and any suggestions on software (I run windows 7), cables and devices. Thank you, in advance.

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Tianshi_angie 4 2.6k England
15 Aug 2018 3:39PM
I used to do this for folk with no problems but when the televisions went to digital it was no longer possible for me to do. You can purchase special machines which have the capability of converting but they are quite expensive - depends how many VHS tapes you have to convert whether or not it is worth while. I didn't use a computer - just my VHS player and a DVD recorder/player - the relevant software was available on the DVD player (a Sony). My problem was that my DVD recorder was NOT digital - if you can acquire a digital DVD recorder then you should be fine, so long as your VHS still works.
Dave_Canon 13 1.6k United Kingdom
15 Aug 2018 3:49PM
It is hard to remember now but around 20 years ago I made many videos of my children growing up on my Sony Camcorder. At the time I transferred the recordings to my PC. This particular PC (I still have as a spare) included a media card intentionally for this purpose. I could connect the Camcorder output to the video and Audio inputs and edit the videos (I think I used Pinnacle Software). I then foolishly recorded on DVD's but did not leave them on a hard disk. At the time it seemed a lot of storage but not by todays' standards.

About 10 years ago, I was trying one of the DVD's and the images and sound were breaking up. A few years later I checked and all 15 DVD's were virtually unusable. Fortunately I kept the original tapes and borrowed an identical camcorder from a relative and replayed into my back-up computer and copied the digital files on to hard disk. These are now all backed up on my NAS and I have copied to Memory sticks and given one each to my children and urged them to copy to a hard disk. I think it is well worth preserving historical or family recordings.

I would strongly advise storing digital files on hard disks with backups. You can then create DVD's if you need to but it is unlikely the DVD's will be usable for more then ten years. If I need to watch one of this videos now, I can access from my PC storage via my smart TV so no need for DVD's

Mike_Smith Plus
12 590 1 United Kingdom
15 Aug 2018 9:46PM
There’s a few folk on EBay that offer this service at a reasonable cost. I used one to convert Cine 8 to DVD. But they are some that offer VHS too
Dabber 17 235 England
26 Oct 2018 4:06PM

I had loads of various tape formats to do, and I even have a vhs to dvd converting machine, but I actually found the best way was to use a bloke in Glasgow name of John Hutchinson. Not sure if he still does it, but his email address is
Basically he will provide a digital file from the tape. I actually had 2 versions done, MP4 and mpeg 2. That way you can bang it straight into your editing software (mine is Adobe Premiere Elements, but there are loads out there)
He also did a few deals, like do ten get one free. Always a pleasure to deal with, any issues or queries we would phone and sort things out. Highly recommended

Cheers for now

Chris_L 5 5.2k United Kingdom
26 Oct 2018 4:56PM
This is really easy to set up and to use, plugs into your VHS player and saves the mpeg files to your PC. It's got the higher quality chip in it that corrects jitter even on very old and worn tapes.

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