Convert VHS to Digital – Options, Process to Convert, and Devices

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What does it mean to Convert VHS to Digital?

  • To Convert VHS to Digital is an excellent option to get rid of all the tapes by converting them to DVD or other digital formats.
  • Although you will lose the vintage touch of the classic VHS, you will also gain space.
  • And also, you will ensure that dust or the passage of time does not destroy the content they store.

Different options to convert VHS to DVD

  • Check if they have a lot of dust, clean them if they have any, and see that the spindles have not jammed.
  • If they are jamming, try moving them by hand before playing the tape, as you could lose it forever.
  • Also, keep in mind that if you don’t want to waste a lot of time, companies are dedicating to converting VHS tapes to DVD or other digital formats.
  • Although the price for this service will cost more than if you do it yourself.

How to convert VSH to digital formats

Step 1

  • Connect your VHS video player to the computer using the cable (s) supplied with your chosen software
  • You may need a special S-cart cable with the red, white, and yellow wires, or your VCR already has these outputs.
  • You won’t be able to use front-mounted white, red, and yellow connectors, as they are almost always inputs, not results.

Step 2

  • The process of digitizing your VHS tapes will be pretty straightforward. Launch the recording software.
  • It comes with the USB capture dongle on your computer and play the VHS tape from where you want the recording to start.

Step 3

  • Stop the recording software at the end of the video and also stop the VHS videocassette.

Step 4

  • If you are burning the captured video to DVD, your software should provide you with a specific option.
  • But if not, you can use tools such as Freemake.
  • Freemake will take the captured digital video from your VHS tape and burn it to DVD.

How can I view the converted video on my smart phone or tablet?

On smart phone

  • You may want to watch the video you just played from your VHS tape on your mobile phone or tablet.

In that case, you have to follow the following steps:

  • Step 1: Connect your mobile or tablet to your computer using a USB cable.
  • Step 2: If it is an Android device, look for the notification that will appear when the window with the USB connection options that allows file transfer opens.
  • Step 3: Stop the recording software at the end of the video and also stop the VHS videocassette.

On tablet

  • You may want to watch the video you just played from your VHS tape on your mobile phone or tablet.

In that case, you have to follow the following steps:

  • Step 1: Connect your mobile or tablet to your computer using a USB cable.
  • Step 2: If it is an Android device, look for the notification that will appear when the window with the USB connection options that allows file transfer opens.
  • Step 3: Once the file transfer between devices is accepted, a new drive will appear in Windows file explorer.
  • Step 4: Copy the MP4 video file that you saved earlier to the ‘Videos’ or ‘Movies’ folder on your Android device.

After following these steps;

  • The video that previously can view through a VHS video player can be viewed on devices as modern as your smart phone or tablet.
  • In case you use iPhone instead of Android, import the MP4 video to your iTunes library.
  • Then connect your phone (or iPad) to your computer, drag and drop the file from your library to the device when it appears in iTunes.

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