Transferring the contents of an SD memory card or VHS tape to DVD requires several pieces of hardware, software and media. These must all be compatible in order to move your data to its final destination in a usable form.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Challenging
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Things you need
- SD memory card
- Computer with internal or external SD card reader, audio video inputs, and DVD drive/burner
- Blank recordable DVD
- VHS tape
- VHS compatible VCR
- DVD Recordable compatible DVD player
- RCA audio video cable
- USB cable
- Copy protection filter box
- Video capture software
- Video editing software
- Video file format converting software
- DVD authoring software
Place SD memory card into SD slot on computer. If there is none, buy and connect SD memory card reader into USB slot via USB cable. If your SD is High Capacity (SDHC), then the slot must also be a compatible SDHC slot.
Wait for pop-up wizard to show you the contents of the SD card on your computer screen. Otherwise, search for the SD card contents under the "Computer" folder.
Burn non-video data by copying the SD memory card files to the drive letter of your DVD burner drive. Burn the data to the drive containing your blank recordable DVD.
Convert video data that you wish to view on a DVD player into the .AVI format using video file format converting software. If you have none, this must be purchased or downloaded. Import the .AVI file into the video editing software and then output the file to the DVD burner. As with the other software, your computer may have come with it; however, it is usually the case that those are lite versions that do not do the tasks well.
Import the .AVI file into the video editing software and then output the file to the drive letter of your DVD burner drive. Or for more precision of layout, use the DVD authoring software. As with the other software, your computer may have come with it; however, it is usually the case that those are lite versions that do not do the tasks well.
SD Memory Card to DVD
Connect your VCR to the three (audio left, right and video) jacks on your computer using the RCA cable. If your VHS tape was encrypted, then place the copy-protection filter box in line between the VCR and the computer. The box is also a signal enhancer that maximises video signal quality.
Open the video capture software on the computer. Select your input source, which is the jacks to which you connected the RCA wire. Select your capture time to match the length of the tape in minutes. Set your VCR to play and click the button to begin capturing video. The capture will take the actual duration of the tape's play-through.
Select the option to burn the captured video to the blank DVD.
VHS to DVD
Tips and warnings
- It is illegal to remove copy protection from commercially-sold VHS tapes. Generally, copying VHS tapes is legitimate for archiving purposes.
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