If you think about it, videotapes or VHS and DVD are obsolete. The consumption of media like film, television series and music are done online. There are dozens of online streaming services like Netflix and Hulu. These platforms include thousands of movies, documentaries and television series.
However, there are still thousands of VHS tapes out there. Some are limited editions that there are only a few copies left of. So, if that particular tape is damaged, then that piece of media is gone forever. Unless, that particular tape was converted into a DVD, meaning it can be converted into a media file.
Here is a step by step guide on how to convert video tapes into DVD.
One sure way to do this is by using a Combo Player. You can buy one in most tech stores or you can order one online. Let’s get the first step out of the way, connect your Combo Player to the television. Here’s an important piece of advice, make sure the VCR’s heads are clean before converting/recording.
First, insert the videotape into the VCR deck. Converting a video is mostly recording it or making a copy of it in another format. Make sure to rewind the video from the beginning by using the Combo Players features.
Make sure to rewind it or you just might end up recording only a part of the tape and not the entire thing.
Insert the blank DVD-R disc to the DVD tray. The recording will automatically transfer to the blank disc. That is why you must have both the tape and the disc in place. Make sure to buy a blank disc that is of good quality and is not damaged at all. A damaged blank disc might not be able to record the media properly.
Finally, just hit the record button on the Combo Player and then wait for the video content to finish playing. However, there are still some settings you need to check. You need to make sure the audio setting is correct as well as the visual elements.
After you’ve done all the steps, make sure to check if the media was properly converted. Play the video again but this time, using only the DVD. If everything goes smoothly, then you’ll be able to convert that disc into a computer video file.