I have a couple boxes filled with VHS tapes that I want to save. Some of them are commercial films and television shows, but most are home movies — including my wedding video — that obviously have a lot of sentimental value. The problem is that we don’t even have a VCR in the house anymore, as we got rid of that machine years ago when we realized that DVDs were going to be the dominant format.
Of course, what I need to do is get those VHS tapes transferred to DVDs so I can continue to enjoy my home videos for years to come. There are professional studios that can do this, but after asking around, I decided that their prices are way too high (I have a LOT of tapes). So I continued looking for an alternative, and came across some software that looks like it will do the trick. It’s called Roxio Easy VHS to DVD, something I’ve never heard of before but that sounds very easy to use.
Roxio Easy VHS to DVD is a software package that allows you to convert your video tapes into DVDs right at home. The product comes with cables so you can hook your VCR or camcorder up to your computer to capture the videos. Then the software will digitize the videos for you, and get the files ready for burning onto DVDs. You can even use the same process to convert LP records and audio tapes to CD. Customer reviews indicate that the software works precisely as advertised and is well worth the price.
Speaking of price, I was expecting something like this to cost over $100, but that’s not the case at all. The Roxio Easy VHS to DVD software is on Sale at Buy.com for only $48.99, and there’s also a $10 mail-in rebate, which would further reduce the price to just $38.99. That’s a real bargain, especially since I’ll be able to convert an unlimited number of tapes from the comfort and privacy of my own home!
Anyway, I can’t wait to get this project off the ground. It will be so nice to know that my wedding video, old vacation videos, and other assorted home movies will be preserved for posterity!