Recover valuable memories: How to transfer VHS tapes to digital video

I used to use my son’s baptism video as a teaching aid to help young people learn about the Sacrament. It certainly helped him to engage the topic when it was his time. And that’s just one VHS video among dozens packed away in storage someplace. We took all that video of dance recitals, hockey games, grandparents’ anniversary parties, weddings, birthdays and family gatherings for a reason, did we not? And the clock is ticking. All that video will degenerate into oblivion over time if it is not converted digitally. Here’s your EASY remedy outlined in this video below. All you need to go with an old VCR is a $75 gizmo you can get from Amazon.

VHS-tapesKeep in mind, this is for standard old-fashioned VHS format tapes only. If your videotape was taken on VHS-C (same tape width as standard VHS but in a smaller cassette) you need to use a special cassette adaptor. All other smaller digital video tape (Video8, Hi8, MiniDV, MicroMV) needs to be played through a compatible video camera. For a look at what equipment you’ll need to play/convert all those other types of digital videotapes, watch this.

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Author:Jennifer Kane

Content Evangelist, Jennifer Kane, is a secular Carmelite (OCDS), wife, mother, grandmother who worked for more than 30 years in marketing/communications which included 20 years in radio broadcasting including news director. She holds degrees in Journalism/Communication (BA) and English (MA) from St. Bonaventure University. In 2016 she authored the Vatican application for minor basilica status for The Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels in Olean, New York. Pope Francis granted that title in 2017. Research on the basilica formed the basis of her history book, A Place Set Apart. She previously authored the book, A Worthy and Capable Clergyman, the second part of the history book in a slightly different format. She is founder and editor of the website,, the #1 English language website cataloging/reviewing Catholic apps for mobile devices.

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