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It Is Now Easy To Convert Your Vhs Videos To Dvd
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It is Now Easy to Convert Your Vhs Videos to Dvd

I’ve been looking through my collection of VHS videos – looking through, not at.

I’d been using a VCR and VHS cassettes since MTV was just a gleam in Madonna’s eye. I loved never having to worry about missing my favorite TV shows – you were able to set the VCR to record it every week, if need be. For example, though I was usually out carousing on Saturday nights, it never stopped me from missing my favorite hard rock music show which came on at that time – I’d just stick in a cassette, and set the VCR for three hours of extended play!

But while we have since moved on the DVD age, our VCRs and cassettes have stood still in time. And that’s why I’ve had to satisfy myself with looking at the covers and reading the labels of my VHS cassettes instead of playing them – both they and the VCR are so old and virtually irreplaceable, I fear that the next time I play them will be the last.

Fortunately, the technological gods have once again upon smiled upon us by simplifying things. While converting VHS recordings to DVD used to be the exclusive (and expensive) skill of professional video services, there are now hardware and software systems that make converting VHS video to DVD easy and affordable -- more affordable, at least, than trying to replace everything you taped with DVDs.

What should you look for in a computer program that can transform a VHS video to DVD? It depends on whether you want to do straight recording of your VHS, or include DVD-type sections and captioning. That means that your most important criteria should be having the option of being able to copy either directly to the DVD, or to your hard drive for editing afterwards.

Other things to be aware of are exclusivity issues. Some video capture systems will not allow you to record or view copyrighted material – a potential problem if you want to record your retail VHS tapes that are not available on DVD. And some may require that you have certain programs already pre-installed where your recordings will be automatically uploaded.

For a fraction of it will cost to have your VHS recordings transferred to DVD by a duplication studio, you can find hardware and software that fits your computer's Windows or Macintosh operating system and transfer them yourself, saving you time as well as money!


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