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How To Video: Transfer VHS tapes to your computer

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How To Video: Transfer VHS tapes to your computer

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Learn how to digitally record old analog VHS home movies onto your computer using one simple cable and some free time.

If you're like me you probably have a box of -- of old VHS tapes gathering dust in your closet. -- how to -- how to archive those videos on your computer. -- it only needed VCR with an audio video output on the back. Video -- -- yellow connection for audio you'll see either a white connector for mono or white and red for stereo. Lot cheaper BCR's -- have mono but we're talking about home movies here -- be a big deal. Speaking of which are needed VHS tape to record from let me be clear we're talking about transferring home videos and not -- any content like movies or TV shows. It's against the -- it really doesn't make any sense. You can probably pick up the dvd used for a few bucks at this point -- don't break the law or waste -- time. You also need a computer that -- a Mac or PC just make sure you have some room on your hard drive. And our -- takes up about 750 megabytes of storage if you want to grab and external hard drive to offload the stuff that might be a good idea. Finally the most critical component that you're gonna need an adapter L connecting your computer and the VCR. This one here is the Al got a video capture. About eighty dollars I chose it because both Mac and PC compatible. You disconnect these bits -- here to your VCR. And connect the other -- your computer install the software generated. The software -- walking through the process you can in the file. Make sure you're connected seeing a picture and hearing audio. When you're all set to hit the big red button to start recording -- hit play on your VCR. You now recording in real time they've got an hourlong dance recital your garage band's first gig the have to wait for the whole thing to play real. When you're all done at the same button to stop recording and get a chance to trim off any of the unwanted parts from the beginning or the end. On the last that you'll see a file path of the location on the file you just created along with an extra option for watching and uploading -- further editing that video. Chances are you gonna go into a bunch of these back to back to hit the again button the start the process all over with and mutate. That's really all there is -- if you're feeling fancy you can't burn these files to dvd or load them on your iPad. But the main point is that you've -- these home movies from a dead format. That a whole new generation can be tortured with. Check out my FaceBook page markets like -- Ferguson is over Twitter you can find me there -- for more in depth look at transferring your VHS -- your computer check out my full read up on how to dot cnet.com. I'm Donald well and for what.
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