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If you hate technology and still holding on to your precious VHS tapes, it might be hard to accept the fact that you need to convert those into DVD format if you plan to hold on to your home videos forever. The good news is that there are shops that convert VHS to DVD but there are also other alternatives such as using a VCR/DVD recorder.

For techies who wanted to preserve their home videos stored in VHS tapes, there is a custom way to do so. All you need is a VCR which needs to be connected to a computer. The main advantage with this method is that it can be edited after the home videos have been transferred to the computer. The videos can also be divided into short clips so instead of storing the entire two-hour film into a single video file.

The process takes up time but the result is better than simply recording from a VCR straight to a DVD player. For this to happen, you must have a VCR to USB adapter which can be bought from Amazon for only $14 as well as an RCA cable wire. The VCR needs to be connected to the computer with the help of the adapter, which will automatically install the drivers that are needed. If there is no prompt for an automatic install, use the disc that came along when you bought the adapter.

Your adapter may already have software for recording and editing but if it does not have one or if you are not satisfied with it, you can download one online. For a free software program, try the Open Broadcaster Software which has a very good review. The good news is that it is compatible with majority of adapters in the market.

After downloading, just install the program and follow the instructions when recording VHS to DVD and do not forget to explore the software. Before saving the file, make sure that you have changed the file format from FLV to MP4 so it can be played in various devices.