How to convert home movies to digital

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Do you wish you could easily watch the VHS of your wedding or the DVD of your child’s first birthday on your laptop or smartphone? Thanks to modern technology, now you can. Here are some easy ways to convert your old home movies to digital files:

Converting VHS tapes to digital

Converting VHS to digital sounds like an intimidating project, but it’s actually a lot easier than it sounds. There are just a couple of things you’ll need:

  • VHS tape
  • VCR (if you don’t have an old one collecting dust in your basement, you can find inexpensive ones online)
  • Your computer or laptop
  • Analog video-capture dongle (this is what you’ll use to connect your computer or laptop to your VCR)

Before you get started, make sure your VCR is working correctly and doesn’t need to be cleaned. If you have an old VHS movie lying around, go ahead and stick it in and make sure it plays. If the picture is grainy or fuzzy, thoroughly clean your VCR—you can purchase a cleaning kit online for around $10.

While you’re doing this, make sure that the tape you’ll be copying is also clean. Check for any dust or debris that needs to be wiped off. Once everything is cleaned, you can get started!

First, use the dongle to connect your VCR to your computer or laptop. A pop-up will appear on your computer prompting you to install the video recording software. Follow the prompts until the process is complete. When you’re ready, hit record in the software and play the tape on your VCR. This is an analog process, so if you have an hour’s worth of tape, it’ll take an hour to copy.

If you don’t feel confident undertaking this process yourself, you can also hire a service to do it. Most places will transfer VHS to digital for around $16 for the first 30 minutes and $8 for each additional 30 minutes.

Converting DVDs to digital

There are different types of software you can download to convert a DVD to digital. All you have to do is download the software to your computer and follow the steps for setup.

Be advised that if you own a computer that doesn’t have an internal CD drive, such as a MacBook Air, you’ll have to purchase an external drive. You can usually find them for around $25 online.

Storage options

When it comes to storing your digital files, you have several options. One option is storing them in a cloud, such as Google Cloud or iCloud.

If you’d like to have them in a physical place, you can store them on a USB drive or external hard drive.

Lastly, you can also keep the files stored directly on your phone or laptop, although this may take up a lot of space depending on the size of the files. However you want to store your files, there’s an option for you!

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