VHS to DVD in your home is a straight forward, two step process.
You need a VCR, a computer with a USB port, a DVD burner, and a commercial VHS to DVD program like Roxio or Elgato.
Before we can get started, plug in the VCR, and plug in the RCA cables into the VCR. Next, install the software that came with your commercial tape to DVD software. This software will usually come on a disc. After the software finally installs, plug the USB device that came with your tape to DVD product, and get ready to transfer your VHS to DVD!
Once the USB device is plugged in, plug the other end of the RCA cables into the USB device. Now you have your VCR hooked into your computer with a USB port. Start the software that came with your tape to DVD program. Once you start the software, it will be fairly explanatory. Now you first need to press record on the software, and in a few seconds, press play on your VCR. The reason you press record on the computer first, is that the computer lags a few seconds from when you push record, to when it starts recording.
Once you have the software recording your VHS to DVD, let the VHS tape play through completely. When the VHS tape fully plays, press done on the software, you now you can burn the VHS to DVD with a DVD burner that most computers have. You can also purchase an external USB DVD burner for around $40 If you have the Roxio Easy VHS to DVD software, it will have a built in DVD burning software. If you do not have the Roxio Easy VHS to DVD, and are using something else, we suggest using Roxio Toast Titanium to burn your file to DVD if you are on a Mac, iMovie if you are on a mac, or Windows Movie Maker if you are on a Windows computer. This article on VHS to DVD was written by Chris Babayans, the CEO of VHS Rescue. An image of a VHS tape is provided below as an example for your conversion.
“Personally, I prefer to use the Elgato program. This is because tapes often have blank portions for a few moments or minutes and then continue to display video. The Elgato software continues to record during the blank parts, and therefore captures the video at the end of a blank part. The Roxio Easy VHS to DVD 3 stops recording tape at the blank, and therefore the digitizing process stops, while the tapes keeps spinning. Since the tape keeps spinning, it is difficult to determine where the Roxio Easy VHS to DVD 3 stopped recording your home movie” says Chris Babayans the CEO of VHS Rescue.