Note: The quality of the new DVD will still look like the old VHS, so don't expect superb results. All we are trying to do is archive the movies so they can still be playable in 10 years time (that is to say that Blu-Ray hasn't taken over yet).
Step 1: What you'll need...
- First you'll need an old VHS player. It doesn't have to be fancy or anything, just something that will play tapes. If you've just taken it out of the cupboard and it's caked in dust (as mine was), I would suggest running a cleaning tape through it first. A cleaning tape is an ordinary tape but with a fabric tape inside, and usually you use a cleaning solution with the tape.
- An AV cable
- A capture device (will explain later)
- Ulead VideoStudio 11 (Now called Corel VideoStudio)
- Lots of Time
- DVD burning software (I used Windows DVD Maker)
- Tapes and blank DVD's
Step 2: EasyCAP
Step 3: Let's get ripping!
Then the Movie Wizard pops up. You want to click 'Capture'.
Now all the googly bits. This is where you can preview the video, select which capture device to use (if you have more than one), and the format. This part is crucial! In 'Format' select 'DVD'. This will record the video in the same resolution as a DVD.
Right we are ready to go.....NOT! See where it says 'Options'? Click on that and select 'Video and Audio Capture Property Settings...'. This is where you can select which inputs (Composite or S-Video) you are using and what TV system (PAL/NTSC/SECAM) you are using.
Then click on the 'Capture' tab and make sure that in the bottom box it says: 720 x 576 25.00 fps
Now you may put in your tape, press 'Play" and click on 'Capture Video'
The video in the Preview Box may be a little bit laggy; this is normal. The end result will not lag (hopefully)
Step 5: Burn baby Burn!
Enjoy reliving your old favourites!