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Transfer VHS To DVD – If You Want To Keep It Simple

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OK. Are you ready to digitize your old home videos from magnetic tape to DVD? If so, there are a number of good options on how to do it. You can either do a DIY (Do-It-Yourself) transfer or you can pay a pro to transfer your VHS tapes to DVD. You will probably get a higher quality transfer from a pro transfer company but some people will disagree with that. My opinion is you will get a higher quality from a pro unless you have a really poor quality company or if you yourself are really serious and willing to invest the time, energy, and money into doing it right. You will need to equip yourself to do the very best video transfer that you can do. Otherwise, I think you will find your transfer lacking somewhat from a pro transfer service.

The biggest quality difference between DIY and Pro is the level of quality in color correction and digital restoration of your old magnetic tape video. These tasks require the correct balance of equipment and know-how. Now, that said, if you are just looking for something simple and basic with no frills, you could just go DIY. If you don’t need fancy, high def, high resolution, sophisticated color correction, contrast adjustment, then you will be able to achieve an adequate transfer with minimal time and effort. You might just be tired of your stacks and stacks of old videos and you just want to get them digitized so you can save space, have them preserved (at some quality level), and be able to conveniently watch them when you want. If that is the case, then here are two DIY methods you can use.

The first basic DIY method is the easiest in that it is very convenient to use – the closest thing to push button technology. This method is the VHS DVD player and recorder combo. It plays a VHS tape and records the contents to DVD as it plays. This is probably the easiest way to transfer VHS to DVD.

The second method has a lot more flexibility and gives you a little more quality and you probably have all of the equipment you need already. You basically will need a video player or camcorder, a computer, an internal video capture card or external video converter, and an internal or external DVD burner as well.

Now that you have an overview, make a decision as to which direction you wish to go so that you can take the next step to convert from VHS to DVD for all of your old home videos. Good luck to you.

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