What Are Three Ways to Transfer VHS Tapes to DVD or Other Digital Formats?


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There are several ways to transfer the contents of a VHS tape onto a DVD, including the use of a VHS-DVD combo recorder. Two other methods involve using separate VHS and DVD players or choosing a paid service that deals in VHS-DVD conversions. The limited life span of VHS tapes is inevitably tied to how long the casing and magnetic tape that contain the video can last.

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What Are Three Ways to Transfer VHS Tapes to DVD or Other Digital Formats?
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Using a VHS-DVD combo recorder is an easy way to transfer data from a VHS tape to a DVD, as there is a built-in conversion process in most machines. Before conversion, it is important to test the VHS recorder to minimize potential risk of damage during the process. Most VHS-DVD combo recorders are available within the $100 to $200 price range as of 2014.

It is also possible to transfer a VHS tape's content to a DVD by using separate players for both formats. The process starts by connecting the VHS player's RCA output into the DVD player's RCA input using a cable. This method is slightly more troublesome than using a unified recorder as the start of the VHS tape and the recording process on the DVD player need to be synced. Some retail outlets also offer VHS-to-DVD conversion services for a fee.

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