How to convert VHS to DVD using a computer

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How to convert VHS to DVD using a computer
This method stores the movie digitally as well. (vhs tape image by Sonar from

Converting VHS tapes to DVD allows them to be played on new TVs by a DVD player. However, the quality of the DVD will still be the same as a VHS tape. The process for such a conversion is relatively simple and easy to do. An added benefit of this process is that the VHS movies will be stored digitally on the computer that does the conversion, so they can be uploaded to the internet or watched on the computer.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Computer with RCA inputs or RCA to USB cables
  • DVD Burner
  • RCA Cables
  • Video capture software
  • DVD-burning software
  • VCR
  • Blank DVD

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    Converting VHS to DVD

  1. 1

    Insert the desired VHS tape into the VCR. Plug in the RCA cables (red, white and yellow) to the output ports on the VCR. Connect the other end of the RCA cable to either the RCA input ports on the back of the computer or to an RCA to USB converter, if this is the case, plus the USB converter into the computer's USB drive.

  2. 2

    Open the desired video capturing software. Some computers come standard with capture software, if the computer has RCA inputs it is likely to also have capture software. The RCA to USB converter also likely came with software that will allow it to capture video. If no software is found, Adobe Premiere Pro or Sony Vegas both offer excellent video capture capabilities. In addition, a simple search for "free video capture software" will yield other options.

  3. 3

    Set the desired recording options (resolution, audio quality) in the video capture software. Record using the video capture software and press "Play" on the VCR. The VHS movie should be playing in the preview window of the video capture software. Wait until the tape is done and stop the video capture software from recording. There will now be a file of the recorded movie in the default capture folder of the video capture software.

  4. 4

    Open the DVD-burning software. Most computer come with such software installed; if not, then Nero Vision is an excellent DVD-burning software to use. Create a new DVD-burning session and insert the newly captured file into that session. Burn the DVD onto a blank DVD rom and play on a DVD player to test afterwards.

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