How to Convert Mini VHS to DVD

By Marshal M. Rosenthal

Companies created the mini VHS tape so that they could offer a smaller and lighter camcorder. In every other way, a mini VHS tape is just as vulnerable to tape breaks and deterioration as a full-sized VHS tape. Besides making it playable on DVD players, converting a mini VHS tape to DVD will protect the contents of the tape. The conversion requires a VHS digital converter that will turn the video from the mini VHS into a digital video file. The mini VHS tape will not be harmed in any way by having its contents converted into a DVD.

Things You'll Need

  • VHS tape adapter
  • VHS tape player
  • VHS digital converter
  • S-Video cable
  • Stereo audio cable
  • DVD burning drive
  • Blank recordable DVD

Converting the mini VHS tape's contents into a digital file

Step 1

Put the mini-VHS tape into the VHS tape adapter. Put the VHS tape adapter into the VHS player. Connect one end of a S-Video cable to the S-Video output of the VHS tape player. Connect the other end of the S-Video cable to the S-Video input of the VHS digital converter, like Easy VHS-to-DVD, which is available for both Mac and PCs (see the link in Resources).

Step 2

Plug the red and white connections of the stereo audio cable into the red and white audio outputs of the VHS tape player. Plug the red and white connections on the other end of the stereo audio cable into the red and white inputs on the VHS digital converter. Plug the USB cable attached to the VHS digital converter into a USB port on the computer.

Step 3

Eject the disc tray of the DVD burning drive. Place the VHS digital converter program disc on the disc tray. Close the disc tray. Double-click on the icon of the VHS digital converter program disc when it appears on the computer's desktop. Double-click on the installation icon inside of the window that has appeared. Follow the prompts to install the VHS digital converter program to the computer's hard drive. Restart the PC after the installation has finished.

Step 4

Run the VHS digital converter program. Follow the screen prompts to set the video to "S-Video" and the audio to "stereo." Press "Play" on the VHS tape player. Press "Record on the VHS digital converter program. Press "Stop" on the VHS digital converter program when the mini VHS tape has completed playing. Remove the VHS tape adapter from the VHS tape player. Eject the mini VHS tape from the VHS tape adapter and put it away. Disconnect all of the cables from the VHS tape player, the VHS digital converter and the USB port of the computer.

Step 5

Press the "Save" button on the VHS digital converter program. Name the digital video file that is going to be made from the mini VHS tape in the "Name" column of the window that appears. Click the "Save" button to save the digital video file to the computer's hard drive. Quit the VHS digital converter program once the digital video file has been saved.

Turning the mini VHS digital video file into a DVD

Step 1

Download and install a DVD burning program, such as the free Burn (for Macs) or a trial version of DVD Shrink (for PC) (see the links in Resources). Restart the PC after the installation has been completed.

Step 2

Run the DVD burning program. Select "DVD-Video" from the "Format" tab on the program's main screen. Name the DVD with the same name as the mini VHS tape. Enter the name in the "Name" column at the top of the program's main screen.

Step 3

Drag the digital video file that was made from the mini VHS tape into the main screen of the DVD burning program. Click on "Yes" if a window appears asking to convert the digital file into a DVD-compatible video format.

Step 4

Eject the disc tray and remove the VHS digital converter program's disc. Put a blank recordable DVD onto the disc tray. Close the disc tray.

Step 5

Click the "Burn" button on the DVD burning program's main screen. Wait as the mini VHS tape is converted into a DVD. Quit the DVD burning program when the DVD has finished being burned. Eject the DVD.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use a built-in USB port of the computer and not a USB hub if at all possible.
  • Do not run other graphic or video-intensive programs on the computer while using the VHS digital converter.