Archive VHS video to DVD
Converting your videotapes to DVD makes them easier to store, and you can play them back just about anywhere.
A combo VCR/DVD recorder provides the simplest way to copy analog video from VHS tapes. You can copy video directly from a VHS cassette to DVD. To copy videotapes from another source, such as a camcorder, a standard DVD recorder will do.
With a combo VHS/DVD deck, this process couldn't be easier. Just insert the VHS videotape and a blank DVD disc. Now press the button that starts the copying process on your deck. The name of this button may vary depending on your deck's make and model. The result is a copy of your VHS tape on a burned DVD.
To copy video from the camcorder to a DVD recorder, you first need to connect the two. You'll first need a minijack-to-A/V cable. All camcorders have a mini A/V-out jack that can be connected to the composite A/V input jacks on your DVD recorder. Then connect the color-coded prongs to the composite audio/video inputs on your DVD recorder. Some DVD camcorders and recorders also have FireWire jacks, but the connections shown here are more common.
Once the two devices are connected, press Play on your camcorder. When the video starts playing on your camcorder's LCD screen, press Record on your DVD recorder or its remote to make a copy of the video.