- by Antony
How many of us still have dusty copies of old VHS tapes stacked in the corners or on the shelves of our homes and offices? If you do, then you may be happy to know that the copying process of switching valuable content from VHS tapes over via DVD duplication is quite easy. It's a great way to preserve and also share your old tapes.
If you want to transfer VHS tapes to DVDs there are several options for the conversions. If produced properly, the DVDs can look even better than the original VHS tapes and that includes VHS-C, SVHS, Hi8, regular, and Betas. Following are some ways that you can do it.
First, you can capture the VHS video to a computer video editing program using an analog-to-DV converter, or you could encode it to MPEG-2 and publish a DVD. This is provides the flexibility to edit the video as much as you want, adding transitions, special effects, or music. It can be time consuming though...
OR you can capture the video to your computer as MPEG-2 using hardware capture devices that will convert the VHS to MPEG-2 as they capture and then author a DVD. Many of the inexpensive hardware analog-to-MPEG boxes offer pretty good quality, in part because the analog source video does not have to be converted to DV before its encoded to MPEG.
Third, you could connect your VHS VCR or camcorder to a standalone DVD recorder which works much like a VCR, and this VHS to DVD recorder basically gives you a DVD copy of your tape in real time. This is the fastest and easiest way to convert VHS to DVD.
You need to make sure your analog video is of the best quality possible because any flaws in the original video tape may be magnified when encoded to MPEG-2 and then converted to DVD.
Insofar as some more details -- the process of converting to a DVD basically requires a VHS tape player, or a camcorder. Simply plug either the camcorder or the VHS tape player into your PC, as long as your computer has the ports for plugging in these devices in. You would also need a minimum of 512 MB of RAM and a 2 GHz processor, plus about 20 GB of free space in the hard drive. Next your computer also needs a CD-RW drive for the duplication process. And you also need video editing software.
It takes very little time to copy VHS tape to DVD. However if you are not inclined to take on this kind of project yourself, Acutrack is happy to do it for you via our duplication dvd packaging process.