Converting VHS tapes to digital format is a great idea for anyone who wants to keep their memories for years to come. You can digitize your videos, archive them and even share them with friends and family. In order to do this successfully, however, it’s important that you consider all of your options first. If you want help making sure that your conversions go smoothly, here are some things you should know before sending off your precious VHS tapes:
1. Consider How Much You Want to Spend on VHS to Digital Converter
The first thing to consider when looking for a VHS to digital converter is how much you want to spend and what exactly you need. If you have a lot of money, then it’s probably best to get the best VHS to digital converter that money can buy. But if you don’t have that kind of cash lying around, there are still some great options out there for you.
If your budget isn’t large enough yet or if your current budget doesn’t allow for this kind of purchase, don’t worry. There are some things that can help:
- Check Craigslist in your area (or even eBay) for gently used units at lower prices;
- Use an old VCR and manually move the heads from side to side over each tape so that they’re recorded onto discs one by one; or
- Take apart your VCRs and use them piece by piece as either standalone devices or new parts in future projects. Maybe someday someone will need their parts back again.
2. Find a Reputable Site to Convert Your Tapes
Once you’ve decided to convert your VHS tapes, you’ll want to know where to find a good site. There are a few things that can help ensure that the company you choose is trustworthy and reliable:
- Look for a site that converts VHS tapes into digital files (or DVDs). This means they’re putting their efforts toward preserving the original format, rather than converting it into something else. Think of it like saving photos from different cameras as JPEGs instead of PNGs or GIFs; if you want to preserve the original quality, there’s no point in converting right away.
- Check out reviews on other sites before making any decisions about which services might be right for you. The more reviews a company has received over time, the better idea we’ll have about whether or not it’s worth trying out ourselves.
3. Use a VHS to DVD recorder to convert your videos yourself.
You can also use a VHS to DVD recorder to convert your videos yourself. These devices are easy to use and are available for purchase at most major retailers. You simply place your VHS tape into the device, press play on your remote control, then hit record on the device’s remote control or computer software. The process takes about an hour per tape, but it allows you to save your videos onto DVDs so that they will be easier to share with friends and family in the future.
4. Send Your Tapes Away for Conversion
If your VHS has been damaged by the wear and tear of years, it’s best to send it off for conversion. Professional services will offer a discount if you send multiple tapes at once. Because it can take up to two weeks for your tape to be converted, you may want to continue using the machine while waiting. If you don’t have access to another VCR or DVD player, consider purchasing one online before sending off your tapes.
5. Decide What You Want to Do With Your Digital Video Files
Once you’ve converted your VHS video to digital format, it’s time to decide what you want to do with your digital video files. There are many options for sharing them, and these will depend on the purpose of your conversion.
Here are some questions to ask yourself:
- How do you want to share these files? Do you want them shared only among family members, or would you like them accessible by other people as well?
- For work or pleasure? If for work purposes (for example, if you’re planning on uploading your old home movies online), then there are certain rules that must be adhered to by websites such as YouTube and Facebook in order for videos like this one not to be taken down due copyright laws protecting original content creators from having their intellectual property stolen away without compensation being paid first.
6. Be sure to Make All Important Decisions Before Converting Your VHS Tapes
Before you convert your VHS tapes, be sure to make all important decisions. Decide what you want to do with the digital video files. For example, if you simply want a backup copy of your videos and don’t intend on viewing them very often, an inexpensive VHS converter may be sufficient for you. If you want to use the videos on a laptop or other computer but don’t plan on making many copies of them, then a desktop software program may be best. Alternatively, if you would like multiple DVDs made from each tape and also have plans to display them in a home theater system or share them with friends and family members who live far away from one another because they’re busy with their own lives elsewhere in their respective cities/states/countries, then investing in professional equipment is probably worth the money because it will give better results overall when compared against cheaper models available online today.
Remember, converting your videos from VHS to digital format is a great way to keep the memories of your past. You can also use these files to share with others who may not have been around for them when they were created. Hope this post has helped you make an informed decision on what kind of conversion process would work best for you and your family.