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Video to DVD Conversion- What You Need To Know?

Many people wish to convert their VHS videotapes to DVD to prolong their shelf life, as well as being able to keep their home video memories into the future. Videotape has long been known to degrade over time, with many of us seeing blurry and unfocused images, with grainy lines and other video art effects. If you are currently in the process of converting your video to DVD and are having issues, this article will help explain the problems you may be having, as well as providing simple solutions to get you up and running again.

Are you getting a poor video quality on your recordings?

One of the big benefits of using DVDs is that they provide much higher capacity, allowing you to record in very high quality. Videotapes, on the other hand, are limited in their video resolution quality, as well as the fact that the video is stored on a tape medium – meaning that the quality will gradually get worse over time.

Choosing a high-quality output

Some VHS video players and recorders offered the choice of a digital output such as DVI, VGA, HDMI or Component. Choosing a player with any of these video output modules is a great choice as it helps you perverse the video and audio quality, as a very little signal is lost during the conversion.

Another device you may wish to look for is an analogue to digital converter for your video and audio output. These come in many different forms, and some are available as standalone devices that you simply plug your video and audio cables into with outputs such as HDMI, DVI or VGA options.

Having a problem with the DVD conversion and DVD burning?

Many people who choose to convert their videotapes to a DVD or other digital format choose to use a video card on a PC to input their video and to convert into DVDs. You will need a video capture software or app on your computer to allow this, but there are many free programs and apps which will allow you to choose an external video source and record from.

Once that has been done you will either have the option to burn directly to the DVD, or you will be capturing the video to a video file on your computer to then burn to DVD later.

Choosing the capture settings to record the video in a digital format can be a little trouble for some, as the vernacular and the settings are not often aimed at the general public. Many people may have heard of MP4 files or AVI files, but they are simply the container formats for the codec used to record your video. It is essential that you both record your video at a high quality, but not too high that there is no space on the DVD.

You may also want to choose a codec and encapsulation method that your DVD player will be able to read.

Choosing a codec and video resolution

One of the most popular video recording codecs is AVCHD, and when used in a VBR or variable bit rate format, the codec will create for you the smallest possible file but without throwing away the quality of your recording. Choose a video resolution that matches your VHS videotape to preserve the image quality, and you will be creating a large file when the record is complete.

After the recording is complete, you can use your computers built-in DVD burning software to create a video DVD from the resulting file that you have, or you can jazz your DVD presentation up a little by introducing credits and pages and chapters with free software such as windows movie maker.

If you are having real trouble converting your videotapes to DVD, then why not call in a video conversion professional who will be able to take your tapes and give you high-quality digital DVDs that will preserve your home video memories for good. When you calculate the costs of purchasing new equipment to help you convert your videotapes to DVD, you might find that a professional service works out cheaper than doing it yourself, as well as saving you many hours of complicated work!

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