How do I convert vhs tapes to dvd?

jack d ii -- Tue, 01/05/2010 - 16:51

Equipment needed?  Choices of equipment?  Approximate cost of same?  Is it possible to avoid using my iMac?  Quality of transfer?
       Thanks   Jack D II

mecolwell -- Thu, 01/07/2010 - 09:21

There is a program with hardware at Best Buy, for about $60, Pinnacle Systems, that has software and a hardware device, with a/v inputs which you make VHS to DVD. You have the choices to make your own chapter stops, or let it choose.
It works easy, well, and the quality looks as good as the VHS, which we all know is crappy, but  it is what it is.
I have used it, and it was easy to use.
Mike

VinylGuy

phoenix (not verified) -- Fri, 01/08/2010 - 16:12

  The best way to do it is to use something like a Sony Combined VHS/DVD playback and recording machine.  You can set the DVD to record the VHS tape (as long as it is not protected with Macrovision) to a recordable DVD.  Use DVD RW+ format.  This format can be recorded and erased and reformatted.  Then just go though your menu options.  Have it make standard VOB files, don't bother with AVI, and you will have  a DVD which looks as good as the original VHS tape.  For whatever that's worth.

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