• Nick Thomas

Converting VHS

This post is attributed to Jo, who asks how to convert VHS to either DVD or PC.

I remember back in the day, I helped my dad transfer a fair few (embarrassing) home videos, this required a VHS deck and a an HDR, a whole lot of screwing around and very clunky, limited DVD burning options.

Thankfully, this was 13 years ago.

These days there's a veritable bevvy of different USB-based VHS to DVD/PC converting options, all fairly cheaply obtainable, ranging in price from about $50 (AUD) up to $130.

The problem is though, a lot of review websites have given them all.... fairly standard decent reviews, couple of pros, couple of cons, nothing substantial, but you head to Amazon and they've got a fairly even spread of both positive and negative reviews.

So really, I've got no clear recommendation.

I've read bad things about all three of what I would consider to be top contenders:

Diamond VC500, Elgato Video capture and VIDBOX.

And I've at least seen some bad side-by-side footage from a VIDBOX transfer, but nothing from the others.

So I've reached out to these three manufacturers to see if they'd be amenable to sending out a device for me to test.

One of the issues that may very well occur - and you use to see this a lot with TV capture cards - is that the market share is just not there. For the investment in manufacturing, testing, developmen

t, coding etc, there's not much return, so you don't see a lot of effort being put into them. This results in poor support both software and driver updates, poor documentation and clunky hardware.

What this may specifically translate to with Windows 10 is that the drivers may work on W10-1809, but not for W10-1903 (I've seen this with printers).

I'll give it a few days and wait to here from them.

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