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How to Convert VHS to DVD

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 Are all your old time favourites, or much loved recorded TV shows still on the old VHS system? And you can't fork out the money on an expensive DVD recorder or camcorder? Then this Instructable is for you! I'll show you how to convert your old tapes into DVD's!

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).
 
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Step 1: What you'll need...

 Now there are many different ways of converting tapes to DVD's but this is my way. 

  • 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

I wanted a cheap capture device that could be as straight forward as possible. That's where the EasyCAP comes in. I got it off eBay for $16, and it was a great purchase. It comes with a driver disc and the Ulead VideoStudio software. Its as simple as plugging the AV cords into the EasyCAP!

That’s really awesome, finally I find a way to store
my VHS on my computer. I just followed this
tutorial
which mainly talked about the software involved in the conversion process,
but I would never know there is a device named EasyCap could help ease the whole work if not read this instruction. Thanks so much for it, good job!

jess.chinn1 year ago
i can't make my audio work either :( p.s. you seem interesting to me (reference to your profile)...you figured out this darn video thing and i've got a 4 year diploma in new media!
onemoroni13 years ago
I tried this with a knock off EZcap like yours and it didn't work at all. Be careful of bad stuff sold as original.
jj.inc4 years ago
 Or you could just play it right into your dvd player without the record thing
you mean a dvd recorder, almost everyone has a regular dvd player that doesnt record
newtonn24 years ago
 I have an EasyCap like yours, and it's not possible to record the audio properly. There is an annoying background sound.
Do you have the same problem?
possum888 (author)  newtonn24 years ago
 Hmmmm, strange. Some of these cheap input devices have terrible audio. Try buying an RCA to 3.5mm cable, then plug the RCA end into the audio plug of the VCR, and the 3.5mm plug into the Line-In socket on your sound card. Just change the audio device in whatever program you're using from 'USB Audio Interface' to whatever your soundcard is.

Hope this helps!
 Thank you for answering so quickly. 

I already try that, but my laptop has not line in, only mic in. So the sound is even worse when connected to the mic.

Thank you.