Transfer A Vhs To A Dvd With Vista

Vista has built-in tools to transfer VHS to DVD.

If you have VHS tapes with old TV shows and home movies lying around the house, you should consider upgrading them to DVD. Aside from using less space, DVDs don’t degrade over time. Even if you don’t watch your VHS collection regularly, the tape inside each VHS continues to deteriorate with time and exposure. So, if you make the switch to DVD, you can keep that old video footage for years without wear. You can transfer a VHS to a DVD with your Windows Vista computer.


1. Connect a VCR to your Windows Vista computer. To connect, plug a digital capture device into the “Audio Outs” and the “Video Out” on your VCR and the other end into a USB port on your Vista computer. If you have a camcorder with digital pass-through, you can also connect the VCR to the computer by plugging an audio/video cord into the VCR Outs and the other end into the camcorder, and a firewire or USB cord between the proper port on the camcorder and your computer.

2. Open Windows Movie Maker. Windows Movie Maker is Windows Vista‘s native video-editing program. If, for some reason, it did not come preinstalled on your Vista computer, download it free on the Microsoft website and install it to your system (see Resources).

3. Go to the “File” menu in Windows Movie Maker and click “Import From Digital Video Camera,” whether you are using a digital capture device or a camcorder. Enter a name for the VHS you plan to capture and click “Browse” to choose the folder where you want to save the imported video footage. Then, continue through the screens to the final screen of the capture wizard.

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4. Press “Play” on the VCR to begin playing the VHS tape that you want to transfer. Click the “Start Capture” button to begin capturing the footage from the VHS in Windows Movie Maker. When you have finished capturing the tape, click “Stop Capture” and then “Finish” to save the captured video to your computer’s hard drive.

5. Place a DVD-R in the DVD drive and launch Windows DVD Maker from “Start>All Programs.” Like Windows Movie Maker, Windows DVD Maker comes preinstalled on most Vista systems, but can be downloaded for free at the Microsoft website (see Resources).

6. Click “Add Items” and locate the folder that contains the captured video. Double-click the video file to add it to project, and click “Next” to go to the next screen of DVD Maker. Then, click any menu style in the right-hand pane to change the appearance of the menus in your DVD project, type a title for the DVD in the box and click “Burn” to write the project to the DVD.