Do you have some home videos in VHS format? Well, hold your horses. Don't just throw away those old tapes. You can still preserve them and further enhance their quality. Eventually, you can keep them for posterity or you can share them as wonderful keepsakes to your family and friends. Here are some suggestions on convert your VHS tape to DVD:
- Make use of an analog-to-DVD converter. Begin the process by capturing your VHS material through a video editing program (computer-based). Then, using the converter, change it to MPEG-2 format so you can author it as a DVD. This process can turn out to be tedious and tiresome. The software requires several hours before it can thoroughly encode your VHS material to MPEG-2 format. However, it conveniently allows you to be more flexible, particularly in manipulating or editing the video material. You can incorporate some special transitions, effects, musical scorings, and more.
- Rely on a hardware capture device. Use it to capture your VHS material as an MPEG-2 file. From your computer, you can burn the converted file as a DVD. If your VHS material is about an hour long, you can capture and compress everything in MPEG-2 in about an hour, too. However, if you wish to improve the material, your editing considerations are generally limited. You can resort to "cuts only". Note, however, that if your material doesn't need any complicated editing, this certainly a quick way to convert your VHS tape to DVD. You can also choose to customize the DVD menus.
- Depend on a DVD recorder (standalone). Prepare your VHS player. Then, connect it to the DVD recorder. Basically, you get to duplicate your VHS tape in DVD - in real time. You really can't manipulate anything here. You need to leave the menus, the buttons, and the chapter settings while the recording is in progress. But despite that, this is considered to be the easiest and fastest VHS- to-DVD conversion mode. If your DVD VCR has some provisions for fire wire connections, you can readily plug it into a Digital 18, DV, DVCAM, or VCR recorder. After that, you can choose to transfer the recorded material to DVD. Compared with using analog connections, you finished product here has higher quality or better resolution.
- Keep in mind these tips.
- Your VHS tapes may have accumulated some residues on the heads. Clean them using your camcorder or your analog VCR. Those unwanted residues could trigger picture flaws and dropouts.
- Check the sharpness control of your VHS VCR. See to it that it is turned down. Bear in mind that you should aim for a softer image. It produces less noise and it permits your MPEG-2 encoder to perform better.
- Stabilize your analog video. You can do that by attaching a video processor directly to your analog tape player's output. Then, you can link your processor's output to your capturing device.
Converting your VHS tape to DVD is undoubtedly affordable and easy. So, don't hesitate to do it yourself. If you can do it properly, your DVD can turn out to look a lot better than the old format. That is surely a worthy reward for a little hard work.