How to Make a DVD Disc From a JVC Camcorder Tape

Updated February 21, 2017

If you've got old camcorder tapes recorded on your JVC camcorder, you may be concerned about changes in technology. With the growth of digital recording and digital formats, analogue tapes are becoming an anachronism, and the number of players available to play back your tapes is dwindling. One solution is to convert the content of your tapes to DVD--a format that's going to be around for a while yet. With the right gear and some simple cables, it's not a difficult task.

Find or purchase a composite video/audio RCA cable. This is a three-wire cable, with three RCA plugs on each side. The plugs are colour-coded red, white and yellow, with the red and white plugs for audio and the yellow for video.

Find the A/V outputs on your JVC camcorder. This will be a set of three RCA jacks, colour-coded red, white and yellow. They'll be labelled as "A/V out" or "line out" in most cases.

Find the A/V inputs of your DVD recorder. These will look identical to the outputs described in Step 3, but will be labelled "A/V in" or "line in."

Connect your composite video/audio cable between the JVC camcorder's outputs and the DVD recorder's inputs. The RCA jacks on the cables simply push into the corresponding plugs on the machines. Make sure that you line up the colours correctly, connecting the red jack to the red plug, and so on.

Insert your tape into your JVC camcorder and rewind it to the beginning. Set the camcorder to its playback mode. Consult the manual if you're uncertain about how to do this.

Insert a blank recordable DVD into your DVD recorder. Make sure you're using a compatible format disc--check your machine's manual for further information.

Start the DVD recorder and camcorder at the same time. When the tape ends, stop the DVD recorder. Follow instructions specific to your machine to finalise the disc for playback. Consult the manual if you're uncertain about how to do this--the exact method varies from machine to machine.

Things You'll Need

  • Video/audio RCA cable
  • DVD recorder
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Based in Virginia, Nichole Liandi has been a freelance writer since 2005. Her articles have appeared on various print and online publications. Liandi has traveled extensively in Europe and East Asia and incorporates her experiences into her articles. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in history from West Virginia University.