How to Convert VHS to DVD – #3


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In “How to Convert VHS to DVD – #1” and “How to Convert VHS to DVD – #2”, we discussed the first two steps towards a successful VHS to DVD Transfer (as well as all Audio to CD and Video to DVD transfers) – namely, dehydrating your tapes and packing your tapes. 

Today, we will talk about the next step in a successful conversion from VHS to DVD – the capture. It is a misnomer that you can copy VHS to DVD, rather it must be converted.

VHS and most magnetic tape are in analog format, meaning that representations of a video frame are represented on video tape through magnetization. Therefore, the tape must be converted to digital via ‘capture’ before it can be transferred to a medium that can be used today. 

To capture an analog tape, the first requirement is a player that plays the VHS tape with the best quality possible. The quality of your VHS to DVD transfer depends on the quality of video produced by the VHS player. 

The output from the player (video and audio) is then the input to a Video Conversion devise which transforms the analog video into digital format, which is then saved onto a computer. 

This sets up the next step of our process which will be found in article #4, the editing step of the process to convert VHS to DVD.

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James Nordby