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How to make digital copies of your VHS tapes

Time does not stop for anyone, or for any technology. While you may have been able to preserve your family’s memories by saving them on videotape at one time, videotape has become obsolete. If you’re like most people, you may have a cabinet filled with VHS tapes that you haven’t seen in 10 years. Although it is possible to convert vhsc to digital, it is best to not wait too much. Because VHS tapes degrade by up to 20% every 10-25years, eventually your tapes are gone forever.

Even though your grandkids will one day be able 3D print their VCRs using the blueprints of 20th century consumer electronics archival, they might not be able watch your tapes.

You can save your family’s VHS tapes on your computer by simply assembling a few components. In a matter of hours, the video can be converted.

But keep in mind: the clock is ticking. Every year, your videotape library gets smaller. You might be surprised by the quality of your videotape collection compared to videos from a digital camera or smartphone. Don’t waste time! Here’s everything you need to know.
What you need to Convert your VHS Video to Digital

There are four main components that you will need to convert your VHS tapes digitally. The first is the list. After that, we will move on to the next section.

The Playback Medium – VCRs and Camcorders


You should have kept your VCR from the Before Times. This is because it becomes increasingly difficult for you to find a working VCR. VCRs no longer exist and it is extremely rare to find a used one.

The best way to locate a VCR online is to buy it from an eBay auction. Browse through an extensive selection of VCRs on eBay and choose the one that you think is most likely to work. These VCRs will all be used. The majority of them have been purchased from individual sellers. If you are persistent you will find a VCR with enough functionality to play, reverse and eject tapes.


Camcorders are better for small tapes (called VHSC tapes) than VCRs. You can also insert VHS-C tapes into an existing VCR using adapters.

VHS adapter

It doesn’t matter what you purchase–camcorder/VCR, adapter, or VHS/C adapter–make sure to test it as soon as you get it. You will have enough time to file a claim at eBay or any other site to request a refund. You should never test a new acquisition by inserting a tape that isn’t important to you. So you don’t lose important data if your camcorder or VCR destroys the first tape you insert.

The Video Converter

The video converter is the interface between your VCR’s and your computer. It takes analog video signals and converts them to digital inputs for your computer’s USB ports.

A Computer To Convert The Information

How to Convert VHS into Digital

The process for converting your first film is quite simple once you have all the required elements (a video converter, enough storage space on your computer and enough storage space). Make sure to test this first so you don’t lose anything if your equipment goes down.

Step 1 – Follow the instructions provided with the video convert to install it and any driver software.

Step 2 – Place the VCR, camcorder or computer next to one another and then connect them using the video convertor. The RCA-style audio/video cables should be run from the output of either the VCR/camcorder or computer to the input jacks at the video convert. These wires come in a variety of colors to ensure that you have the correct connection. Yellow for video, and red for stereo audio.

Step 3 – If your VCR/camcorder has an S video output, it will produce slightly higher quality images than the yellow analog. It is a good idea, but not essential, to connect the S video cable instead of using the yellow video cables.

Step 4 – Connect the USB Cable to the converter to your computer.

Step 5 – Insert a VHS cassette and rewind.

Step 6 – Start the video conversion software on your computer. Follow its instructions to start the process of video capture. Name your video project and choose where to save the file.

Step 7 – When you’re ready to record, click on Play on the VCR.

Step 8 – The videotape can play and record in realtime. For example, a two-hour-long videotape might take two hours for a digital file.

Step 9 – Once the recording is complete, turn off the computer and allow software to save the file in a folder.

Tips and Tricks for Converting VHS Tapes to Digital Video

Converting old VHS tapes can be done easily if you have all you need. The video converter does the rest. These tips and tricks will help preserve your videos.

You don’t even need a TV. As you may have noticed, there is no TV in the list of items you need earlier. The VCR connects via the converter to your computer, and the videotape will play on the computer screen. Do not waste time looking for a solution to connect the VCR with a new, all-digital TV.

These services will convert your old tapes to digital for you, if you don’t want to do it yourself. I

Even if there is no need to do any additional editing on your video files you can trim them using built-in tools in the video converter software. This will let you remove static and video glitches at the very beginning and end.

For minor tweaks to your videos, you don’t need to spend a lot of cash on high-end video editing software.

Your converted videos should be backed up. Your converted videos should be saved to digital files. After you’ve gone through the effort of converting your tapes, you won’t want them to go to waste on a damaged or failing computer.

You don’t need to copy your videotapes onto DVD. The long-term storage of your video collection on DVD is not as good as VHS. DVDs will fail because the optical layer becomes less durable over time. DVD discs last anywhere from 25 to 100 year. The bottom line: You should store your videos in computer storage with regular backups on another hard storage device or in cloud storage.