Once upon a time, VHS cassettes were the most popular way to store and view videos. Needless to say, nowadays VHS are hardly used and VHS players are barely even being manufactured.
That being said, you may still have a number of old VHS cassettes lying around. It could be that they are part of your former movie collection, or it may even be that you used to record family movies and store them on VHS. Whatever the case, it would be a good idea to transfer them over to a digital format before you’re unable to even play them.
If you’re worried that digitizing video from your VHS will be complicated – don’t. The Movavi Video Editor will make the entire process completely painless, and all that you need is a working VHS player and a video capture device of some variety such as a TV tuner, USB device, or frame grabber card.
Assuming you have all those things, start by connecting your VHS player to your PC using the video capture device. When that’s done, you can start to digitize your VHS by following these steps:
1. Open the Movavi Video Editor and click on the ‘Capture Video’ button.
2. Check the capturing parameters that have been set. If you’re using a USB device these may have been automatically configured – but if not you’ll have to set them manually. Set the ‘Video Capture Device’ to whatever is connected to your VHS player, and then set the ‘Video Capture Source’ to ‘Composite’, and the ‘Audio Capture Source’ to ‘Audio Line-In’.
3. Whenever you’re ready click ‘Start Capture’ to begin the process, and hit play on your VHS at the same time.
4. Once you’re done, save the video using one of the presets available to optimize it.
For more detailed instructions, refer to the ones here: http://www.movavi.com/support/how-to/imovie-for-windows.html.
Some of the other features present in the Movavi Video Editor may prove handy too – in particular, you may want to enhance the video quality, insert subtitles, add special effects or filters, and perhaps even insert a different audio track.
Be sure to digitize your VHS footage as quickly as possible so that you don’t run the risk of losing it forever. Once its safely stored as a video file, you’ll be able to use it for a long time to come without any risk.