How to Convert VHS to MP4

Updated July 20, 2017

Converting your VHS movies to MP4 format requires you to have a VCR and a computer and a converter that connects the two of them. This will help you preserve the movies that you love, including your homemade videos that captured those priceless moments in your life. VHS movies are susceptible to damage. Digitising your videos is the best way to protect them from irreparable harm. Following these steps will help you ensure that they are safe.

Connect your VCR to your computer using an external capture device, such as the Diamond VC600. Simply plug the RC cables (yellow, white and red) into the external device and plug the USB cable into your computer.

Turn on your VCR and your computer.

Select a file format to export your video, such as MP4.

Record your video using the software included with your converter. Some devices will have a physical button on the converter, although you can select "record" from within the program itself on Windows.

Wait for the video to record and play it back to confirm that the conversion was successful.

Things You'll Need

  • VHS tape
  • VCR
  • Computer
  • Converter
  • USB cable
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Author and blogger Kyle W. Bell has been writing since 2003. His work appears on Game Freaks 365 and Smashwords. Bell has a Bachelor of Arts in political science and a certificate in paralegal studies from Indiana University South Bend.