How to Digitize a VHS Tape
This tutorial will guide you through making a digital copy of a VHS tape. Keep in mind that video capture happens in real time. This means if you have one hour of video, it will take you at least one hour to capture it. You must use media station 1 to digitize VHS tapes.
Items Necessary to Use This Station
- VHS tape
- Removable media to take your file away (flash drive, DVD, hard drive)
- Time: your footage captures in real time. If you have an hour of footage an hour is required to capture it
Setting Up the Equipment
Turn on the Panasonic tape deck and the JVC VCR. Check equipment setting. Set the Panasonic input line to "S-VIDEO." Ensure that your VHS tape is rewound or in the proper place then put it in the VCR.
After inserting your tape, open iMovie. (Close the iMovie welcome screen if it opens.)
Capturing Your Footage
In iMovie, click "FILE" and select "IMPORT FROM CAMERA." The camera should be set on "DV."
In iMovie, click "IMPORT." Save to "PROJECTS" space or your removable media. The desktop is cleared after you log out and the project will be lost if you save it to the desktop.
Select "CREATE A NEW EVENT" and enter the name of your choice. Click "IMPORT," then push play on the VCR. Make sure to click import in iMovie before pressing play on the VCR. You are now capturing video and audio from your VHS in real time. When all of the footage is captured, press stop on the VCR.
Press "STOP" button in iMovie after you have stopped the tape. Make sure to eject your tape from the VCR after the footage is captured.
Now the footage is available in iMovie to edit.
Select the captured footage that you want to export and drag it into the "NEW PROJECT SPACE."
When you are ready to export your project, click "SHARE." Select "EXPORT MOVIE." Name your project, and save it to "PROJECTS" space or the location of your choice.
To burn the footage to a DVD, hold control down and click on the file. Select "BURN TO DISK." Insert your blank DVD into the computer, then click "BURN."