Q - "Ordered a new MacBook pro retina and I'm planning on converting my old VCR tapes to DVD and/or Mp4 format. What hardware (besides a VCR) and software am I going to have to get?"
Do you have many VCR tapes that you paid a lot of money for and need to preserve the movie on them before it is lost? The quality of some of them may have degraded severely over that past years. So here is the best advice we can offer: convert VCR tapes to DVD or convert VCR to digital files, like MP4, AVI, etc so that you can enjoy your precious memories on Home Theater System or on your portable devices iPhone, iPad, Android mobiles and tablets, and so on.
• Free convert MKV, MP4, FLV, MPEG, MOV, RM, RMVB, H.264, AVI to DVD;
• Deliver high quality and fast speed;
• 100% Clean and Safe.
If you are very clear about what VCR is and the difference between VCR and VHS, and you just need suggestions on converting VCR to DVD or MP4, go directly to the VCR to DVD or VCR to MP4 converting tutorial. VCR used to be a general term referring to any video cassette recorder, such as 8mm. Now, VCR also means a recorded video clip, while VHS stands for Video Home System, particularly referring to videocassettes of JVC. The fact is, the VCR tapes keep losing picture quality as time goes by. So you'd better transfer VCR tapes to DVD or digital files for preservation. Due to the development of technology, now there is VCR with SD card, which enables you to transfer VCR videos to PC easily for DVD burning.
Don't take the VCR to DVD conversion as a delightfully easy task unless you have a really professional VCR to DVD converter, which better be free. WinX DVD Author, a home video DVD creator with support for multiple input video formats, including videos from VCR, camcorder, webcam and YouTube, is one of the best VCR to DVD burners you can get free access to. Another two bonus points are its ease of use for all and fast speed (less than 1 hour for a 4.2 GB DVD burning). Surely, how long it really takes to convert VCR tapes to DVD depends on your to-be-transferred file size and the computer settings.
Free download WinX DVD Author first and finish the installation on your PC.
* Here we assume that you are using a VCR with SD card and have transferred your VCR videos to PC. For others VCR videos to DVD burning, please turn to How to convert VHS to DVD.
Step 1: Run the VCR to DVD converter after insert a blank DVD, and click "Video DVD Author" on the main interface
Step 2:Click "+" to add your VCR videos. If you have a lot of VCR videos in .mov, .mts, etc, you can put them all on the list for batch conversion.
Step 3: Tick the box "Create DVD Menu" to author your DVD with DVD menu and chapter menu or click "TT""button to add text.
Step 4: Select your output format and specify a destination folder. Then you can start to convert VCR to DVD.
Usually advanced VCR, with SD card, records videos in formats like MTS and MOV, just like videos output from camcorders. How to convert VCR to MP4, AVI or other popular formats for playback on PC, Mac and mobiles? VideoProc, a HD video converter with 410+ built-in video and audio codecs, such as 1080p HD/4K video, MKV, AVCHD, TS, MOD, TOD, should be a desired tool for your VCR to MP4 conversion. Free download this VCR to MP4 Converter to have a try!
Step 1: Connect VCR with TV via a composite video cable, do the video recording and save it. Then transfer it to your computer.
Step 2: Launch this VCR to MP4 converter and click "+ Video" button to load your VCR videos.
Step 3: To convert VCR to MP4, go to Video tab on the bottom of the interface > H.264 MP4. Otherwise, Click Target Format button > General Profiles > MP4 Video (H.264) > Done.
Step 4: Hit button RUN and start converting VCR to MP4.
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