DVDs last longer than VHS video tapes.
Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, VHS video was the standard format for capturing video footage through video cameras or from television through VCRs. Since then, the capturing process has largely gone digital, with digital video recorders, DVRs, taking the place of VCRS and tapeless digital video cameras taking the place of traditional cameras. One of the most profound differences between VHS and digital mediums, such as DVD, is that, while VHS video tapes degrade with use and time, digital video can last for hundreds of years. If you want to protect a VHS video, convert it to DVD.
1. Connect a VCR or VHS camcorder to your Apple Mac through a digital pass-through device, such as a digital video camera or digital video capture device.
If using a digital video camera for pass-through, plug the A/V cord that came with the camera into the audio-video outputs on the VCR or camcorder and plug the other end into the appropriate port on the digital video camera. Then, plug the firewire that came with the camera into the firewire or i.Link port on the Mac. Set the camera to the “VCR” or “Pass-through” mode.
If using a digital video capture device, plug the audio-video cable end of the device into the audio-video outputs on the VCR or camcorder and plug the USB end of the device into an open USB port on the Mac.
2. Launch iMovie from the icon bar at the bottom of the Mac desktop window. When iMovie loads, click “Create Project,” enter a name for the project and choose the folder on the hard drive where you would like the movie to save by clicking the arrow next to “Where” and navigating to the folder on the hard drive.
3. Click the button with the camera under iMovie’s preview window. Press the “Import” button and begin playing the VHS video that you want to capture in the VCR or camcorder that is connected to the Mac.
4. Press “Import” again to stop the video capture when the video is finished playing. The video saves to the folder that you selected under the name that you provided.
5. Launch iDVD from iMovie by clicking “iDVD Project” from the iMovie window. The video footage you captured imports automatically.
6. Insert a DVD into the DVD drive of your Mac. Click the “Burn” button twice at the bottom of the iDVD screen and click “OK” to burn the VHS video footage to disc. This creates an exact replica of the VHS on DVD.