VHS tapes were very popular for a long time during 1980s and early 1990s. There were times when people had huge VHS tape collections for movies, music videos or private videos. But now times have changed and better technologies like DVD and BlueRay have replaced the old VHS tape. However if you still have the older VHS tapes, then you can convert them to a DVD movie easily using the free Golden Videos software and a video capture device.
You can download the Golden Videos software from the NCH website. If you do not already have a video capture device (like a TV Tuner card), then you can get one from Amazon or eBay for about US$20. Once you have the video capture device installed along with the Golden Videos software, you are ready to convert your VHS tape to DVD movie. Attach the output cable from your VHS tape player (VCR) to the input of your video capture device and fire up Golden Videos software. Click on the New Recording button in the main window.
This would start the capture wizard where you can choose the video/audio source (video capture device), video format (NTSC or PAL), resolution and frame rate. If you are living in the United States or Canada, then you can select the NTSC format. The PAL format is more popular in the Asian countries.
Recording of the video would take some time, because it has to play the whole tape on the VHS tape player (VCR). So if you have a tape of 3 hours of length, then it is going to take full 3 hours. When the recording is complete, you can choose what to do with the recording. You can save it to your hard disk, burn to DVD, upload to Youtube and more.
NCH Golden Videos is a software that helps you to convert your VHS video tapes into DVD movies. You can also save the recording as an AVI or MPEG file. If you like, then you can also share the recording with everyone by uploading it to Youtube. With NCH Golden Videos you can convert your parents’ VHS video cassette collection to modern digital video formats.
You can download Golden Videos from www.nchsoftware.com/goldenvideos/.