Convert Old Videotape VHS To DVD – Wedding Video to DVD.

We are now in the era of Videotape VHS to DVD. Everyone now talks about converting treasured memories on videotape VHS to DVD simply to preserve it forever.

Technology marches ever onward and, as it does, it carries us right along with it. In the early 1980’s, as VCR’s dropped in price and appeared in more and more homes, there was a sudden mass appeal for people to have their old Super 8 home movies converted to video cassette.

Videotapes last far longer than film and it just made sense to convert those old reels into a more watchable and compact format. People brought their movies of their baby’s first steps, birthday parties, and weddings and turned them into videotapes. Not long after that, video cameras became cost-effective for people to buy and those old super 8 cameras and projectors went the way of the dodo. People began using videotape for everything and the wedding video was born. vhs to dvd

Technology has shifted yet again, folks.

You may have noticed less and less videotapes at your local Blockbuster store. The medium is becoming obsolete, replaced by DVD and guess what? It’s time to convert yet again. DVD discs last far longer than videotape, offer higher quality picture and sound, and can run longer than video cassettes. By converting your wedding videos to DVD you can ensure that the memories you saved will last even longer.

The process to convert VHS to DVD is not complicated, but to do it yourself you will need some special equipment. Though some videotape to dvd specialists can help if you are unable.

 

For DIY, you’ll need a DVD recording device and a way for your VCR to connect to it.

If you have a DVD burner on your computer, you’re halfway there. You will also need a way for your VCR to interface with your computer. Most computers do not come shipped with a way to do this. You’ll need to install a TV card on your computer that has inputs that match your VCR’s outputs. Most TV cards do have both RF and A/V inputs.

Next, you’ll need to record the wedding video onto the computer’s hard drive. You may need special software to do this if your TV card didn’t come with any bundled. Sony’s Vegas Video is a good one, but there are a number of different titles available. The video will take up a lot of drive space. In order for the video to be placed on DVD it will have to be in an MPEG format.

Your video recording software should be able to save it this way. Once that is done, it’s simply a matter of using your DVD burning software such as Nero to transfer the video onto a DVD disc that you can then watch on any DVD player. The software will have instructions for doing this. Once the process (which can take some time, be warned) is complete, Your wedding video is now on DVD and can be enjoyed forever.

If you don’t have or can’t afford the equipment and software to follow the preceding steps, fear not. Look for local video to dvd conversion company that can take away all of the hassles and convert videotape to DVD for you, for a price. Whichever method you choose will have the same end result and you’ll be enjoying your old wedding videos and other home movies on a new format that’s built to last.

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18 Responses
  1. joy

    I guess the more appropriate title should have been “Converting Analog Videos to Digital”. I say this because DVD is “digital versatile disc” which can mean a lot of things. Regardless, the article is still quite useful especially for those with boxes full of VHS and Betamax tapes.

  2. thewanderrunner

    I have been into this a few years ago.However in this new digital age everything is just instant in just a few clicks.

  3. John

    Will try this out personally and see if I can actually convert my old CDs to DVD. I have always done this through an expert for a fee. If I can do it myself then no payment again for me.

  4. Danielle M

    Great post, I had no idea that it was possible to convert videotapes into DVD. I had some videos that I would like to rescue, so your advice is very convenient for me.

  5. Maury Cheskes

    It’s good that the burning process is simply laid out for DVD goers. DVDs are fading too though sadly in this day and age with Netflix and streaming websites. I think transferring old video tapes into web files would potentially attract an even larger audience.

  6. Moz Chesk

    There are definitely many basements stacked with old VHS and Betamax tapes. I think the transfer guide could benefit a lot of people in need of the switch, Thanks for sharing.

  7. Alex Summers

    Is this even required now? Since monitors now have USB ports. Perhaps if it is in rural areas. However, in cities PLUG and play all the way.

  8. noke uwa

    This is a really enlightening post. I love to learn new things daily. yes, I agree that even in my country videotapes are going extinct and as such people need to learn how to convert them to DVD.

  9. mbang

    My wedding was done in the 80s. I hope to convert it to DVD. These practical steps will be following it to get mine done in no time.

  10. Albeneth

    Converting video to DVD is great for me. At last, I am able to watch my parents wedding. I can’t wait to search for this service.

  11. Nora

    Ahhh, so one can do it with a TV card? I always thought they had to have some sort of external equipment (like a mixer or something) to connect them all together. I haven’t seen a VHS or Beta tape in forever it seems like but this is good info, thanks!

  12. Alicia

    Technology is changing very fast and with it comes better versions. From film to cassette now to DVD. Of course everyone is looking for something that will give them better and clear pictures that lasts longer.

  13. Alice

    The best thing about technology shifts like moving from tapes to DVD is that it makes things easier, better and lasts longer. You can enjoy more when you watch a DVD than the former formats.

  14. Rae

    Thank you for the informative blog! I’m glad to hear that DVDs are doing fine despite the new flash drive craze. Well DVDs are quite old now and a lot of people use different means to convert videos. Still I’m glad people are still using DVDs!

  15. Pia

    I can’t believe that people still keep their VHS or betamax tapes. We lost our years ago. But I think I still have some old cassette tapes. But I don’t think I have a need to convert them into dvds.