Learn how to transfer the contents from your old VHS tapes to your computer in 2 minutes

Do not let your old memories collect dust in the attic

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Your garage is filled with boxes containing a multitude of old VHS tapes that contain precious family or travel memories and you dare not get rid of them? At the same time, it is cumbersome and who wants a stack of these large plastic rectangles lying around these days that you have to always rewind and are always afraid that their old brown ribbon breaks?

The solution: transfer their content to a more modern device: your computer !


Find out how to transfer the contents of old VHS tapes to your computer with just a cable and quickly.

What you'll need:

  • A computer
  • A VHS recorder
  • An adapter
  • Your VHS tape

Behind the VCR, you have inputs: yellow for video connection, white for mono audio connection, and red for stereo audio connection.

Make sure you have enough space on your computer's hard drive. You need about 750M bytes of space for a 60-minute tape.

The adapter will connect the player to the computer. Get the Elgato Video Capture, which costs about $80 or a similar model.


How to proceed:

  1. Insert the cassette into the VCR.
  2. Connect the cables between the computer and the VCR.
  3. Install the software that comes with the adapter; it explains the process.
  4. Create and name a folder.
  5. To be sure to be connected, test the image and sound.
  6. With the mouse, press the big red button on the screen to start recording.
  7. At the end of the video, press the same red button to stop recording.
  8. Once the video has been recorded, it can be shortened by cutting unwanted portions at the beginning or end.
  9. For the last step, choose from the playback options for this video.
  10. Press the "again" button on the screen to restart the process with another VHS.

There ! Now you can save all your old video tapes. You can then organize real nights of nostalgic viewing with your friends and family !

I bet you'll rediscover long forgotten memories and that the kids have grown so much !

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