Right, converting home VHS videos to DVD is the best way to backup, share and enhances those old tapes. Most of us have old VHS home videos that have been placing in a shelf and collecting dust for long time. These home movies is one of the most common reasons people start video editing. This article will show you how to convert your VHS tapes to DVD.
The mainstream approach for converting VHS to DVD is either using a PC DVD burner or a set-top DVD recorder. The way of a set-top-DVD recorder working is that to record from television, or duplicate VHS tapes or camcorder tapes in their entirety to DVD. It's easy but lack of flexible. No video editing such as merge videos into one or add subtitle, just a duplication, keeping the video content exactly the same as the original. By using a PC DVD burner is that converting VHS to computer as a common digital video, so that you can do it whatever you want on PC and then burn it to DVD. It takes more steps but you take the whole control on the video. In fact, many people would like to keep the VHS video on computer for sharing it online or burning DVD, much flexible than previous one.
There are several ways to transfer VHS video to computer (analog video to digital video). The most common one is that using a TV Tuner card. I assume that you have connected between DVD player and your computer.
Now, install any TV recording application and the driver on your PC (some of TV Tuner card may include such software). Alternatively, if you already have a Windows Media Center PC, you do not need any additional applications. (It will ask you to restart your computer after installing the device drive.)
Turn on the TV and VCR, put in the VHS tape that you want to record. Use the record feature of the software to start recording. Choosing MPG or AVI as output video format will keep good video quality and relative small size.
Once you have got the video from VCR, the next step is that converting VHS video to DVD with DVD Creator. It can burn popular video format (.avi, .mpg, .mp4 etc.) to DVD directly. Therefore, you don't have to convert VHS video to DVD format (mpge2) for burning a playable DVD movie on your home DVD player. Here I will show you how to burn a DVD from VHS recordings step-by-step.
Pre-requirement: A blank DVD disk (DVD +R, DVD-R, DVD+RW or DVD-RW), rewritable DVD-ROM, A VHS to DVD converter – DVD Creator.
The first step is to import VHS files that need to be burned onto a DVD. Select/drag the VHS file into the main interface of D DVD creator. You could check the video size on the measure bar on the bottom. Make sure it doesn't exceed the total DVD capacity.
Click "Menu Template" to customize your DVD menu. There are different styles of built-in templates, frames and buttons for your choice. To apply a template, frame or button, you can just double click it. You can even add text, background music and background image to customize the menu.
Previewing VHS video
Just for make sure everything goes as your plan you could have a video preview before burning it to DVD.
Now you can convert to DVD disk. Go to set TV Standard (PAL/NTSC) on "Setting" option and output Aspect Ratio (4:3/16:9) on "DVD setting bar". Click "Burn" and then select your DVD drive (if you have more than one DVD drive on PC) and Click "Start" to burn your project.
Tips: The volume of DVD use is shown on the bottom side. You can select DVD type of "D5" or "D9". If the video size is exceed the DVD capability you can reduce it by setting output quality. E.g. select "high quality" instead of "Best performance".
That it, with DVD Creator, you can convert VHS to DVD and even make your own DVD menu easily. And the application also can transfer other common Video files like WMV MPEG MOV FLV MKV M2TS, etc to DVD for playback on DVD Player and is fully compatible with Windows 7 (DVD Creator MAC version is also available).