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Old 05-27-2017, 06:37 PM
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Is there a device to transfer VHS to DVD's? If so what do you recommend?
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Old 05-27-2017, 09:05 PM
Location: Sarasota FL
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You can purchase a VCR/DVD-R combo unit that can dup tapes to disc and connect to TV to record.
I have an LG model RC897T There are other manufacturers but they are difficult to find.
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Old 05-27-2017, 09:08 PM
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Or you can have it done at Costco quite cheaply.
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Old 05-28-2017, 02:37 AM
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Assuming these are personal VHS tapes the quickest and easiest way to do this is with a DVD recorder as already mentioned. For editing you can rip the disc and edit on your computer.

Another easy method is using a DV camcorder if it has a feature called passthrough, if it has that feature you can hook the VHS deck to it and it will convert it to DV. That can be recorded to digital tape or passed over firewire to you computer for editing. Check Craigslists but be aware that not all of them have that feature, you'll need to look it up.

Beyond that if these tapes have a lot of personal value to you there is a plethora of options and cards for computer based capture but it can get expensive quick. Ideally you fix issues in the nalog realm before transferring to digital. First and foremost you will want to look for a decent VHS deck like a JVC 9911 or better.


These retailed for about $350 15 years ago and sell for about $250 used. They have two very desirable features. First there is noise reduction feature that works extremely well for chroma noise which is very common. It also has a LTBC which can help with some timing issues e.g. if the frame is skewing and it can't be fixed with tracking. There is full frame TBC's that can work wonders on old tapes in poor condition with timing errors and an endless amount of other equipment... how much do you want to spend?

Services like Cotsco are cheap but you can get the same results with DVD recorder so if you need to do a lot of them might as well buy your own recorder. Keep in mind that all DVD recorders are not the same and some of them have features that are desirable for VHS transfer like LTBC's.

If you want top quality service and don't mind paying for it there is few places. Be very careful in choosing professional services because there is not a lot of people that are truly skilled at this. Here is one I would recommend.

Video Conversion – Tape to DVD – The Digital FAQ

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