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How to Convert and Transfer VHS to DVD on PC for Your Home Theater

This article will walk you through converting and transferring VHS tapes to DVDs and ripping these DVDs to digital files on computer.

Q: I have old family 8mm films that go back to the around 1943 and super8 films that were converted to VHS. Then I wanted to convert the VHS to DVDs before the TAPES degraded naturally. What can I do?

A: VHS tape is old and backward video storage medium or analog recording videotape that is dying off. But for the backup of decades-old footages and films, many still need to know how to convert VHS, VHS-C, MiniDVD, Betamax, 8mm, Hi8, Digital 8, Video 8; foreign (PAL) tapes NTSC to DVD, for the sake of recalling memories or reviewing classics, since optical disc formats provide much better quality and longer survival time than video tape. Please read the following VHS to DVD conversion guide.

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How to Convert VHS for Modern Home Theater

It is actually improper to use the word "Modern" here because VHS is so much antique. But if managed and utilized properly, such old tapes can help build a surprising home theater on your end. Also see: How to Convert VCR Tapes to DVD >>

Part 1: Turn VHS to DVD

Traditionally, there are four methods to convert VHS to DVD. You can convert VHS Cassette to DVD using a VHS-DVD combo recorder, or similarly, VHS player and DVD recorder, or with the help of an analog-to-digital adapter or the VHS to DVD conversion service. Here we take use VHS player as an example:

Step 1: Connect VHS player or camcorder to the built-in USB capture device via RCA.
Step 2: Connect the capture device to your PC's USB port.
Step 3: Capture and transfer films to DVD.

The recording method won't allow for any editing features. Analog-to-digital adapter is much more convenient and advanced than the combo recorder as it is a digital era, so we recommend you to digitalize the VHS tapes (or say, old analog movies) at first. Namely, connect the analog-to-digital adapter to your computer and VCR, and turn them to digital video files, before finally you can burn the footages to DVDs with the help of WinX DVD Author.

- "I have DVDs that I want to copy, they are our home movies that were on VHS and I dubbed them to DVD. The DVDs have a VOB file on them. What is the best way to make duplicates of these DVDs?"

If you need to copy VOB to DVD, please download and try WinX DVD Author, which is a free video to DVD burner and editor without any plug-ins, adware or malware. It accepts blank DVD+/-R, DVD+/-RW, DVD DL+R, DVD DL+/-RW. Here's how to burn a video to a DVD disc.

Convert VHS Tape to DVD

Step 1: Add a video file converted from your original VHS tape by clicking Add File (+) button.Supporting batch mode, the DVD author allows you to add two or more Hi8 or V8 home videos at one time.
* Input Formats Supported: MKV, AVI, ASF, MP4, MPEG, MOD, MOV, WMV, FLV (YouTube), RM, RMVB, Xivd, DviX, H264, 3GP, QT, VOB, etc
* Output Formats Supported: DVD Disc, DVD Folder, VOB File

Step 2: Click "Title Menu" and "Chapter Menu" to create title menu and chapter menu. You can also add text through "TT" button.
Step 3: Choose your output video file folder and output format (NTSC/PAL) and "Start" your DVD creating. Then you can burn the VHS video straight to DVD and share these gems with the family.

Tips: The DVD burner also enables you to customize the subtitles, adjust video parameters like Image Ratio, Video Formats, DVD Type and DVD Menu Duration or add background music or pictures according to personal editing needs.

Part 2: Rip DVD to Digital Video File on PC/Mac

If you have home movies from VHS tapes that had been burned onto DVD, you can change it to digital files by ripping DVDs to AVI, MP4/H.264, MPEG/MPEG2, WMV, FLV, MOV, M2TS videos or ISO image files that are widely accepted. The DVD conversion can be realized on PC or Mac by WinX DVD Ripper Platinum or DVD Ripper for Mac such that you can play the VHS footage videos on Samsung tablets, iPhone, Apple TV, etc.

- "We want a program that will quickly rip these DVDs to MP4. How fast can your program rip a 2 hour movie to MP4?"

WinX DVD Ripper Platinum is well known for its blinking fast speed with Super Encode Engine based on MMX- SSE & 3DNow! and Hyper-threading tech, as well as the maximum utilization of newest CUDA and multi-core i5 i7 CPU. In general cases, it backs up a 2-hour (feature-length) DVD movie within half an hour, which also depends on the condition of computer.

Convert VHS Tape to DVD

Step 1: Load your source DVD by clicking "DVD Disc" button. If no, you can add ISO image or DVD folder instead. The DVD ripper supports both NTSC and PAL formats.
Step 2: Choose an output format. For DVD to MP4 conversion click "General Profiles" under Output Profile Category, choose "MP4 Video" or "MPEG4 Video" and click OK. You can also find this format under "PC General Video" or "Mac General Video" column. If you need to play the DVD movie on iPad, iPhone, Android or other tablet/mobile/game console, you can select the ready-made device profile directly.
Step 3: Hit RUN and start ripping the DVD to MP4 video file.

Tips: WinX DVD Ripper Platinum (or for Mac) supports edit the DVD by merging several titles, adding extra subtitles or enabling inner subtitles, crop & expand the image, and trim video segment.

Disclaimer: Digiarty Software does not advocate ripping copy-protected DVDs for any commercial purpose and suggests referring to the DVD copyright laws in your countries before doing so.

WinX DVD Ripper Platinum
Advanced version of free WinX DVD Ripper. Besides ripping DVD to AVI at fastest speed in excellent quality, also converting DVD to MP4, MPEG, MOV, WMV, FLV, M2TS, TS, iPhone, iPod, iPad, Android, Samsung, HTC, Microsoft, Google, Sony, Nokia, Asus, Acer, etc. Makes perfect 1:1 DVD to ISO image/DVD folder copy and clone DVD to multi-track MPEG2 file with 5 minutes only. Constantly update to defeat any DVD copy protections, such as CSS, region code, RCE, UOPs, Sony ArccOS and Disney X-project DRM.


author - Donna Peng

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Donna Peng's fascination with multimedia began at an early age - shortly after she licked the physical disc and then she's been obsessed ever since. Her decade-long career at Digiarty after the graduation has seen her unmatched expertise in the field of DVD, digital video, software and anything related to home theatre. She is currently fascinated with photography.

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