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Converting VHS Tapes to DVD

VHS is going the way of the dodo. If you have any VHS tapes you do not want to lose, you should consider (minimally) converting them to DVD and ideally you should convert them to a digital format (such as MP4) using Handbrake.

If you have one of the JVC DVD & VHS players in your classroom, you can use this device to record VHS cassettes directly to DVD. Note that you will not be able to copy copy-protected VHS tapes with this method. Follow these steps:

  1. Insert a blank DVD and the VHS cassette you would like to copy. If you need a blank DVD for this purpose the Help Desk can provide you with one.
    1. If you are prompted to initialize the disc, do so.
  2. Find the place on the VHS tape from which you wish to start copying.
  3. Access the Dubbing menu by pressing the Dubbing button on the remote near the bottom left.
  4. If you are recording a long video from something other than a standard play VHS (such as an LP or EP VHS), change the Rec. Mode with the right/left buttons.
  5. Select Dubbing on the screen.
  6. Start dubbing by pressing the Enter button.
  7. Wait while the VHS is played and copied to the DVD. When you want to stop dubbing, press Stop on the remote.
  8. Now you need to finalize the disc.
  9. Press HOME on the remote, the Home menu appears.
  10. Select Setup > Start and press Enter.
  11. Use the up and down buttons to select the Disc option and press the right arrow button.
  12. Select the Finalize option on the setup menu and press the right arrow button.
  13. Press Enter while Finalize is selected. The Finalize menu appears.
  14. Select OK and press Enter. Wait while the recorder finalizes the disc. This will usually take about five minutes.

Your DVD can now be played in your DVD player or on your computer. You can also create a digital copy of it and store it on your computer. See Rip a DVD with Handbrake.

teachers/convert_vhs_to_dvd.txt · Last modified: 2015/08/20 07:56 by abrashear