Could you tell me how to connect my VCR to my PC so I can put
my videos onto DVD disks?
VHS tapes are disappearing from the landscape as digital technology rapidly
takes over. But what to do with all those old VHS recordings you might have of
Copying them to a DVD or your computer and from there to a DVD, is not that
difficult, with the proper bits and pieces.
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The simplest, but least flexible way is to simply get a DVD recorder. No
computer required. Once connected, push record on the DVD recorder, play on the
VCR and come back when the tape’s done.
To capture on your computer, you’ll need either a video card that can take a
VCR’s video and audio as input, or a video tuner card that can tune to the TV
channel that the VCR broadcasts on. Another nice alternative is a VCR or
camcorder that can output on a firewire connection, and then capture to a
firewire card in your PC.
Once it’s on the computer, a DVD burner and some burning software, and
you’re in business. The nice thing about capturing to your computer is that the
burning software typically includes some rudimentary editing functionality, and
there are several higher powered editing packages available as well.
As you can imagine, there are many variables. I’ve included some resources
below that should head you in the right direction.