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Date: 12/27/08 5:54 PM

We have hours of family movies on probably 20 VHS tapes most of which aren't labeled well and some have other regular movies on them. I shudder to think that all the footage will be lost forever so wanted to know what i should do to put them on CD's maybe or just what happens at this point...is there a way to transfer them to something else and if that is possible, is it a feasible thing to do?
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Date: 12/27/08 6:04 PM

Check with your community college. My community college runs a course on transferring movies and tapes to DVD's and CD's.

You may also want to check with local camera stores to see if they offer this service.

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Date: 12/27/08 6:22 PM

Look up "videographer" in your Yellow Pages. Most will do a VHS to DVD conversion for a nominal fee. If it's a huge expense, consider purchasing a DVD recorder with a dual VHS deck. They usually cost around $279-$300.

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Date: 12/27/08 6:57 PM

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consider purchasing a DVD recorder with a dual VHS deck


That's what we did. Doing it yourself also allows you the opportunity to edit, i.e., cut out the junk. And, don't buy just the VHS to DVD converter (they are about 50-75 bucks cheaper) or you'll have a worthless piece of equipment when all tapes are converted. The DVD recorder ones at least are useful later! (Well, we haven't figured out how to use that part yet, but some day!)


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Date: 12/27/08 10:42 PM

DH bought ours, a Panasonic last year for about $300.00. It was a good investment, because we've recorded several things on it from the TV, mostly local sports that he has officiated, but it paid for itself.
Now I have that awesome task ahead of me. We got some of the old ones out recently, and the color was really off on some of them - they are getting old and need transfer. Some are well over 20 years now.

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Date: 4/23/12 4:19 PM

I found this thread and thought I'd ask my questions here instead of starting another. I have VHS videos that I want to convert to DVDs but I don't have a DVD recorder. I checked on line and saw the website for iMemories. Has anyone out there used this site or one similar? I've seen the converters that one can use to hook up the VCR to the computer, but reviews are sketchy. Thanks for any help you can give.

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Date: 4/23/12 4:48 PM

If you are a Costco member they also provide media transfer services at their photo booth.

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Date: 4/23/12 5:33 PM


Hi there.. since you asked.. this is an easy to do.. Even my FIL can do it..

So drop them off.. and either he or the kid can get around to it.. No charge except reimbursement for the CDs ... if they need to buy some..

But I am betting your kids know how to do this already.. ? They can be edited out to erase anything you don't want to keep..

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Date: 4/23/12 5:34 PM



I think I saw a Walmart commercial on this just last night.. The OP could try there too.. don't know they will do editing though..

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Date: 4/23/12 9:25 PM

Thank you for your responses - editing would be a concern for me as well as some of the scenes just need to go away

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